Industry Outlook -- Basic Industries: METALS
-- Demand for steel remains hearty.
-- World inventories of aluminum have fallen 80% in the past 1 1/2 years.
-- China may return as a big customer of American steel.
-- New steel capacity coming onstream is undermining prices.
-- With higher aluminum prices, producers may restart idle smelters.
-- Labor concessions could hurt steel earnings.Return to top
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