CRU Celebrates 33 Years of Price Discovery for the U.S. Midwest Steel Hot-rolled Coil Index

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 
"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 
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, 
please contact: 
Glenn Cooney          Head of Operations, CRU Indices Telephone: +44-20-7903-2056 
Josh Spoores Principal Consultant - Steel 
Telephone: +1-724-940-7100 
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