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Global Economic, Scrap Metal, Commodities and Recycling Report February 25, 2019

This is the Global Economic, Scrap Metal, Commodities and Recycling Report, by BENLEE Roll off Trailers and Open Top Scrap Gondola Trailers, February 25th, 2019.

Last week, prices were mostly up and economic reports were mixed.

weekly tonnage of raw steel production

U.S. steel production fell slightly to 1.886 Million tons. A very good number that is under downward pressure due to slowing Automotive and Housing.

Crude Oil

Oil rose $1.67/barrel to a multi month high of $57.26, as OPEC continues to cut production and U.S. pumping remains high. OPEC production cuts are working to get prices up.


US Field Production of Crude Oil

U.S. oil production hit a new record high of 12 M barrels day. A great number bringing huge gains to Texas, PA and ND and other areas. Outstanding U.S. economic news.


Iron Ore

Iron ore was no change ending at $87.50. Prices remain high after the major Brazilin disruption caused by the Vale mine collapse that killed hundreds of people.


AMM Weekly Heavy Melt

Scrap steel #1 remained steady at $298/GT with good global demand, causing upward price pressure. Most believe prices will be higher in March.


Hot Roll Coil Steel

Hot roll coiled steel was up slightly to $34.16 per Hundred on slowing demand, but there remains upward price pressure due to higher iron ore and scrap prices.



Copper was up a huge 13.5 cents to $2.95, a 7-month high, with very positive news on China trade talks, the major gains in the stock market and good employment numbers.



Aluminum was up 2.5 cents to 85.5 cents. This is a 6-week high, but prices remain low as China has been exporting enormous amounts of aluminum into global markets.


Japan Manufacturing

Japan, the world’s third largest economy had their manufacturing slip into contraction mode in February as both output and new orders declined at a faster rate. This was the first contraction in manufacturing since June 2016 and future output expectations turned negative for the first time since November 2012.


Euro Area Manufacturing

February’s Euro Zone, which is similar in size to the U.S. had its Manufacturing Index fall to 49.2%, which means their manufacturing is contracting. This is the worst performance since June 2013, with new export orders falling rapidly and the huge German economy contracting the most in over 6 years, while France actually grew slightly.


President Trump

Last night President Trump announced he was delaying added China tariffs scheduled for March 1st, due to progress in trade talks. Global trade and global economies have slowed due to the trade issues and the uncertainty around the outcome.


U.S. Manufacturing Growth

U.S. Factory growth fell to 53.7 in February, the slowest growth in about 17 months, partly linked to uncertainty across manufacturing supply chains and concerns about the global trade outlook. Adverse weather was also a factor in many areas. Climate change with its extreme weather continues to hurt global productivity. As a positive, new order growth remained strong, which is a good sign going forward.


U.S. Housing Index

February’s NAHB housing market index increase to a 4-month high of 62, which is positive news for home sales over the next 6 months, along with higher buyer traffic. Strong housing remains key to the economy.


Dow Jones

Wall Street’s Dow Jones rose 149 points to 26,032. After a huge 19% fall that stopped Christmas Eve. The Dow has risen a huge 16% since then. A very positive move for the health of the economy.


ISRI 2019

Another reminder that the great Recycling Industry trade show, led by ISRI is now open for registration. This will be a great meeting in LA. Book your flights early to get low cost tickets!

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