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John Anton

IHS Markit

Director, Pricing and Purchasing

John Anton is the lead steel expert, as a director in the Pricing and Purchasing Service at IHS Markit.

Mr. Anton has expertise in the ferrous metals industry, he is responsible for evaluating the outlook for steel. He also specializes in forecasting commodities and works closely with the Automotive, Construction, Energy, and Economics teams at IHS Markit. Steel demand is linked to outlooks from these key sectors. In turn, the profitability of these sectors can rise or fall depending on the price and availability of steel.

Prior to joining IHS Markit,  in 1995, he was in the private practice of law as well as an economist and statistician for the United States Department of Labor in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Mr. John Anton received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Florida State University, US, and a Juris Doctor from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, US.

Sessions With John Anton

Tuesday, 25 May

  • 02:45pm - 03:15pm (EST) / 25/may/2021 06:45 pm - 25/may/2021 07:15 pm

    General Session

    The State of Steel: 2021

    Demand for a range of steel products is on the upswing in the US as the post-pandemic recovery picks up steam. Steel prices are hovering at near-record levels, outpacing the cost of imports, yet imports remain slow, held back by Section 232 tariffs and quotas and by increasingly stringent oversight of exclusion remedies. Additionally, high freight rates and tight capacity are causing severe pain for anyone in the spot market. Traders are waiting to see what happens with prices and demand, even as import inquiries pick up steam. Some believe we're seeing the leading edge of a commodity boom that will continue to push steel demand and prices, while others expect both to cool off as summer approaches. This panel of industry experts will discuss what they are seeing, how they are managing, and what they expect from the steel market.