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FORECAST

Heat wave // Job description demanding for superalloys

It’s electric // Construction and cars will carry copper, apart from China’s cache

Lighten up // Demand climbs as industries continue to swap alloys

Cautiously optimistic // Stainless steel rises as new cycle begins

Tale of two markets // Depending on the grade, demand for wire rod is flat or rising

Choppy waters // Long-term demand for pipe and tubing is buoyant but heated competition could strand profits

Good, not great // Certain applications spell growth for plate demand, but overcapacity, competition bite at margins

Partly sunny // Carbon steel sheet demand and pricing stabilize in spite of import competition

Rolling along // Solid growth for truck, trailer builders mean a smooth ride

Railcar demand on track // Constraints in freight capacity lead railcar builders to add manufacturing might

Machinery mettle // Low commodity prices weaken farm, mining equipment sales

Here comes the boom // Superalloys keep drilling, refinery operations well-oiled

Momentum builds // Stability is the focus for U.S. construction market suppliers

Poised for progress // Automotive demand grows, reflecting global demographics, economic activity

Slow but steady // Stainless steel remains the top choice for home appliances

Boom time // With $5.2 trillion in orders through 2033, superalloys are taking center stage in aerospace production

Headwinds like unrest in the Middle East and Asia may buffet confidence, but a North American industrial rebound indicates blue skies

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Forging ahead despite challenges

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A Hot Ticket // Aerospace market driving titanium growth

MM-1013-forecast-square-materialsStainless Steel

Growing pains // No end in sight for oversupply, weak demand for nickel in 2014

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