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Global Economic, Scrap Metal, Commodities and Recycling Report July 15, 2019

This is the Global Economic, Scrap Metal, Commodities and Recycling Report, by BENLEE Roll off Trailers and Open Top Gondola Scrap trailers, July 15th 2019.

 

weekly tonnage of raw steel production

U.S. steel production fell to 1.847 Million tons, a 10-month low on a slowing economy and increased imports taking share.

 

Crude Oil

Oil rose to $60.36/barrel, as OPEC and others work to limit production to keep prices higher. The International Energy Association, IEA, said that despite these cuts, oversupply could continue into 2020.

 

US Field Production of Crude Oil

U.S. oil production rose to 12.3 M barrels per day, matching the recent all-time record, while continuing to make the U.S. the highest oil producer in the world, despite having the about 10th most proven reserves.

 

Oil Rig Count

Last week’s oil rig count fell to 784 an about 18 month low and less than half the 2014 high, but with technology, the U.S. continues to increase output with less rigs.

 

Iron Ore

Iron ore rose to $120/Ton, near the 5-year high, on good global demand and continued supply disruptions in Brazil.

 

AMM Weekly Heavy Melt

Scrap steel #1 HMS fell to $229.67/GT, a Multi-Year low, on a slowing global economy, lower exports and less U.S. demand.

 

Hot Roll Coil Steel

Hot roll coil steel rose to $27.25 on steel mill prices increases, to help offset the almost 5-year high, iron ore prices.

 

Copper

Copper rose to $2.69, near multiyear lows as hopes of growth hit the markets on lower interest rate expectations.

 

Aluminum

Aluminum rose to 81 cents, also remaining low, on markets looking for growth in the economy.

 

Cardboard

Cardboard Scrap, OCC was steady in the South East at $35/Ton, the multiyear low on slow global demand.

 

Eurozone Industrial Production

The Eurozone, whose economy is similar in size to the U.S., had its May industrial production fall .5%, the 7th month of contraction, with Germany falling the most at 4.3%. China, the U.S. and the Eurozone are all slowing, which is why there are expectations of lower U.S. interest rates, in July.

 

China Growth GDP

China’s second quarter growth was announced at 6.2%, the slowest growth in 27 years, but 6.2 is double U. S. Growth of 3.1% last quarter.

 

China Trade Surplus

China’s June trade surplus with the world rose to a 7 month high. China’s surplus with the U.S. rose, which means it was worse for the U.S., as China exported 1.3% less to the U.S., but China’s purchases from the U.S. plunged a huge 31.4%, 31.4%. China’s purchases of items like soybeans surged from Brazil, instead of China buying from Americans in the Midwest.

China’s June trade surplus with the world rose to a 7 month high. China’s surplus with the U.S. rose, which means it was worse for the U.S., as China exported 1.3% less to the U.S., but China’s purchases from the U.S. plunged a huge 31.4%, 31.4%. China’s purchases of items like soybeans surged from Brazil, instead of China buying from Americans in the Midwest.

 

U.S. Inflation

U.S. Inflation fell to a 4 month low of 1.6% as energy prices plunged 3.4%, with gasoline dropping 5.4%. Food inflation also fell to 1.9%.

 

U.S. Core Inflation

But, Core inflation, rose to 2.1%. Core inflation excludes volatile Food and Energy prices. Core inflation is the key measure the Federal Reserve is trying to keep at about 2%.

 

U.S. Initial Jobless Claims

The week of July 6th I had initial U.S. unemployment claims fall to 209,000, a three month low and near a 50 year low; a great positive indicator for the economy. This is partly due to it is tough to hire new people.

 

Dow Jones

Wall Street’s Dow Jones Average rose 410 points hitting a new record, closing at 27,332 as the odds of a July interest rate cut increased. But here is a concern. On February 8, 2016, Candidate Donald Trump said the stock market was “a big fat juicy bubble”, when it was at 16,205. We are up almost 70% since then.

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