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Prognosis '96 Metals


Industry Outlook -- Basic Industries: METALS

PROGNOSIS '96--METALS

Positives

-- 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.

Negatives

-- 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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