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March 2018

Global Crude Steel Production and Capacity Utilization

Worldsteel Association (WSA) reports that global crude steel production totaled 131.791 million tonnes (Mt) at a capacity utilization rate, (CUR) of 73.3% in February. Production was down by 13.07 Mt month on month but the CUR was up 0.5 percentage points over January. According to WSA, global excess capacity was substantially reduced by month on [...]

Consumer Confidence

The Consumer confidence index rolled-back 2.3 points in March according to the Conference Board. The index now stands at 127.7. Despite the decline, the index remains at elevated levels with a positive trend line. Businesses report being somewhat more pessimistic about current conditions as expectations fell across the board. On the other-hand, the labor market [...]

Architectural Billings Index

February’s ABI national overall score of 52.0 was down 2.7 points from January’s 54.7 but still well into the expansionary zone, (>50). U.S. architecture firms with emphasis on multifamily and/or institutional specialization reported exceptional strong billings. Regionally activity was especially strong in the West and Midwest. The new projects inquiry index came in at 62.4, [...]