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Global Economic, Scrap Metal, Commodities and Recycling Report August 12, 2019

This is the Global Economic, Scrap Metal, Commodities and Recycling Report, by BENLEE Roll off Trailers and Lugger Trucks, August 12th 2019.

 

weekly tonnage of raw steel production

U.S. steel production rose to 1.897 Million tons, as slow U.S. manufacturing growth continues, driven by a strong consumer.

 

Crude Oil

Oil fell to $54.17/barrel, on global slowing. OPEC is considering more production cuts to limit supply, to get prices up, despite OPEC already pumping at an 8-year low.

 

US Field Production of Crude Oil

U.S. oil production rose to 12.3M barrels per day matching the all-time record, as oil rigs remain relatively low, but shale oil continues to increase. As a negative, relatively low oil prices are becoming more of a problem for the industry.

 

Iron Ore

Iron ore had a huge drop to $94/Ton, as global slowing reduces demand, especially in China.

 

AMM Weekly Heavy Melt

Scrap steel #1 HMS price rose in August and is close to settling. It could go higher, but now at $236.33, on a slight increase in demand.

 

Hot Roll Coil Steel

Hot roll coil steel rose to $30.11 on slight demand growth and still relatively high iron ore prices.

 

Copper

Copper rose to $2.59, near a multi-year low on slowing demand, especially in Europe and China.

 

Aluminum

Aluminum was no change at 79.2 cents, remaining very low, due to global economic slowing.

 

German Manufacturing Index

Germany is the 4th largest economy in the world. July’s Manufacturing is contracting the most since 2012, with a key reason being a big drop in exports to China.

 

Class 8 Trucks-Large Trucks-Orders

July’s Class 8 truck orders, were below 10,000 for the first time since 2010, with U.S. economic slowing and reduced exports and imports due to the Trade war.

 

U.S. Economic Optimism Index

July’s IBD U.S. Economic Optimism Index fell, but remains high. Consumers felt worse about the Economy, Government Policies and their own finances.

 

Coal Mining Jobs

Coal mining jobs are high wage jobs that are key to some areas of the country. During the 2016 Election is was said these jobs would be roaring back. In 1985 there were 177,500 jobs, falling to 51,000 by January 2017, then rose by 2,000 to 53,000 in June 2019, but fell to 52,000 in July. Jobs are up a tiny 1,000 in total, since the new administration.

 

U.S. Initial Unemployment Claims

U.S. Initial unemployment claims fell and remain near 50-year lows. Great news as more people work and spend, supporting slowing, but true economic growth.

 

U.S. Economic IHS Growth Index

July’s IHS PMI Growth Index rose to 52.6 and since over 50, it remains in a slow growth mode. Services rose to 53, while manufacturing fell to a weak 50.4, the slowest increase since September 2009.

 

Dow Jones

Wall Street’s Dow Jones Average fell 207 points to 26,278 on the escalating trade war with China and the U.S. threats about more tariffs against other countries, which together, is slowing key parts of the global economy.

 

Home Mortgage Rates

On a personal financial issue to those of you in the U.S., home mortgage rates are at about three-year lows. You may be able to save a lot of money by refinancing. 30 year is 3.6%, 5-year ARM, adjustable, is 3.36 and 15 year is 3.05.

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