CRU Celebrates 33 Years of Price Discovery for the U.S. Midwest Steel
Hot-rolled Coil Index
LONDON, Jan. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The CRU index has withstood challenges over 33
years as it has evolved from a monthly spot price appraisal to the most
robust, transparent methodology available today. What began 33 years ago has
now been in full use since 2008 as the price index used to settle CME's U.S.
Midwest HRC steel futures and options contracts, as well as thousands of
physical market contracts over the last decade.
The U.S. Midwest HRC, which began in 1980, was published on a monthly basis
(2(nd) Wednesday of each month) until it became weekly in February 2009. The
index currently utilizes our most sophisticated 'Level 2.0' procedures,
publically available to download at http://www.cruindices.com/Methodology
"ArcelorMittal is comfortable that CRU is consistent with its methodology in
deriving and publishing its assessments," said Dan Mull, Executive Vice
President of Sales & Marketing at ArcelorMittal USA.
The CRU index is made up of submissions from data providers that have to be
invited to participate with the split of producer reported prices accounting
for 50.76% of submissions in 2012 with buyers submitting the balance of 49.24%
of volume. Data providers consist of reputable, respected and established
companies that make up the entire steel supply chain. From integrated and
mini mills to service centers, traders, tube companies and other end users of
HRC, CRU's data providers are the cream of the crop.
"Our U.S. Midwest price index is the most balanced and robust for HRC
worldwide. The sophisticated Level 2.0. procedures we employ boast a unique
feature among ferrous-related price reporting agency methodologies - the right
to audit the data we receive," said Glenn Cooney, Head of Operations at CRU
Indices. "Data submitted is clean, as submissions are subject to statistical
checks with outliers removed. Also, a 30% cap weighting is applied to ensure
that no single data point accounts for more than 30% of the total.
Additionally, the U.S. Midwest HRC index is approved by Josh Spoores, CRU's
North American Steel Analyst, who has a rich and intimate knowledge of the
Further information is available at http://www.cruindices.com
Note for editors:
CRU is an independent, privately owned, analysis, consulting and events
business specializing in the mining, metals and fertilizer sectors.
Founded in the late 1960's and headquartered in London, CRU has over 200
employees worldwide throughout its offices in Pittsburgh, Beijing, Mumbai and
For queries relating to the U.S. Midwest HR, CR, HDG coil or plate indices,
Glenn Cooney Head of Operations, CRU Indices
Email:email@example.com Telephone: +44-20-7903-2056
Josh Spoores Principal Consultant - Steel Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE: CRU Group
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