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Cold Rolled: How it is Made

We recently discussed how hot rolled steel is made. Now it only makes sense we talk about cold rolled. Cold rolled is the next step along the line of flat-rolled steel products. The process starts with hot rolled P&O. Hot rolled is processed to a final thickness that is heavier than most sheet products. A […]

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October 2021 Market Insight

Economic News The U.S. unemployment claims fell to 326,000 last month, the first drop in four weeks, a sign that the U.S. job market and economy continue their steady recovery from last year’s recession. A couple new surveys of the U.S. economy show it is expanding at a rapid pace, but the ongoing labor and […]

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August 2021 Market Insight Guide

Economic News The U.S. economy most likely gained steam in the second quarter, as massive government aid and vaccinations for COVID-19 fueled travel spending. The possible acceleration would lift the level of GDP above its peak in the 4th quarter of 2019. The U.S. had its largest monthly gain in jobs since August 2020, adding […]

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July 2021 Market Insight

Economic News The U.S. economy grew at a rate of 6.4% in the first three months of 2021. Economists believe this may be the strongest year for the economy in about seven decades. They also believe the growth this quarter will be enough to push GDP output above the previous peak reached at the end […]

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June 2021 Market Insight

Economic News On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book, a compilation of anecdotal evidence on economic conditions, said the U.S. economy increased at a somewhat faster rate from early April to late May. However, it still described the pace of economic growth as moderate. The Fed said expanded vaccination rates had the most notable effects […]

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May 2021 Insight Guide: Market Indicators

Economic News The initial reading of the U.S.’s first-quarter economy performance showed that we are still far from normal. However, with more vaccines delivered and business restrictions easing, consumers are feeling more confident about the outlook and are starting to spend more freely. Gross domestic product grew by 1.6% in the first quarter of 2021. […]

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March 2021 Insight Guide: Market Indicators

U.S Economic News The U.S. economy got off to a modest start over the first weeks of this year. According to the Federal Reserve, businesses are optimistic about the next 6-12 months and the demand for housing is robust. However, the labor market is not gaining as much traction as had been hoped. U.S. employers […]

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February 2021 Insight Guide: Market Indicators

Economic News The U.S. economy grew at a 4% annual rate in the final three months of 2020 and shrank by the largest amount in 74 years as the global pandemic held strong. In late January, the government estimated that the nation’s gross domestic product slowed sharply in the fourth quarter of 2020 after a […]

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January 2021 Insight Guide: Market Indicators

The Economy Chances of another stimulus package increased as Democrats sweep the week’s senate runoff in Georgia. An additional stimulus would accelerate the nation’s return to pre-pandemic gross domestic product and unemployment levels. For the first time in eight months, the U.S. economy saw job loss in December as the pandemic surges. The Labor Department […]

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December 2020 Insight Guide: Market Indicators

The Economy The U.S. economy is seen as more resilient than many people think. According to Rick Rieder, BlackRock’s CIO of global fixed income, there is potential for gains in parts of tech, consumer, cyclical areas such as industrials, as well as housing and some leisure sectors, with the expectation of a vaccine expected to […]