In combination with a recovering global economy will be increased demand for steel. Why, then, are steel prices and exchange traded funds (ETFs) expected to see declines this month?

Steel production has been stepped-up big time. Mills in China, the biggest driver of global steel prices, and Eastern Europe are producing record amounts, says Robert Guy Mattthews for The Wall Street Journal. [Why Some Commodity ETFs Are Slipping.]

The timing for the increased production isn’t great. It comes amid signs that the world’s economies may not be on a strong upswing, prompting worries that supply will outpace demand and restrain prices just as they were beginning to rise. [Why Copper ETFs Are Swooning.]

The end result could be steel prices that fall at least 5% this month.

Production of steel is so strong that ArcelorMittal is weeding out its less-efficient operations, and shutting down less productive plants. Many insiders are watching local markets and making sure that output keeps in pace with demand. [Coal ETFs: Summer Demand Spike?]

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Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.

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