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Global Economic, Scrap Metal, Commodities and Recycling Report May 13, 2019

This is the Global Economic, Scrap Metal, Commodities and Recycling Report, by BENLEE Roll off Trailers and Lugger Trucks, May 13th 2019.


weekly tonnage of raw steel production

U.S. steel production rose to 1.915 Million tons. Demand is slowing a bit, but tariffs remain supporting higher volumes.


Crude Oil

Oil fell 35 cents to $61.59 on OPEC and U.S. Oil production increases as Iranian and Venezuelan oil comes off the market.


US Field Production of Crude Oil

U.S. oil production fell slightly to 12.2 M barrels per day, remaining near the all-time record from two weeks ago. Outstanding economic news.


Iron Ore

Iron ore rose to a multiyear high of $98.50 on Brazilian supply disruptions and slow global growth.


AMM Weekly Heavy Melt

Scrap steel #1 remained at $270/GT on a good supply, weak exports and good scrap imports to the U.S. Next month’s direction is not clear.


Hot Roll Coil Steel

Hot roll coil rose slightly to $32.04 despite some market softening and with tariffs supporting good demand.



Copper fell 4 cents to $2.78 on more China and overall global slowing, due to the trade friction.



Aluminum fell about half a penny cents to 80.17 cents, having hit a multiyear low last week on slowing demand.



Cardboard, South East scrap price fell to $40/ton, a 10 year low, on China and U.S. weak demand, combined with a very good supply.


US & China

The U.S. Trade War with China escalated with new tariffs going into effect last Friday. The White House admitted Sunday on Fox News, that this is a major tax on U.S. consumers and business that will slow the U.S. and global economy.


European Area Growth

The European Countries, an economy almost as big as the U.S., took their 2019 forecast down to 1.2% growth from February’s 1.3% as the global trade war escalates and hurts all countries, especially their car manufacturing sector.


Federal Budget

April 15th U.S. taxes receipts came in 5% higher than last year and but government Expenses were up a huge 27%, so the April’s normal huge government surplus was less than last year.


Government April Expenses

In April federal expenses were, $104B Healthcare, $55B Defense, $46B Welfare, $38B Interest on Debt, $17B Veterans, $9B Education, $18B All Other. Of the $38B in interest the U.S paid, about $4B last month we paid to China and Japan combined, for money they lend us to finance our government. Larger deficits put upward pressure on interest rates.


Trade Balance

March’s U.S. Balance of trade with other countries was slightly worse, as the U.S. imported more oil from OPEC countries. We also had the highest level of food imports in American history as, but our level of exports of Natural gas and coal did increase.


Annual Inflation

April’s U.S. inflation rose to 2 percent, the highest rate since November, led by energy prices. Core inflation which excludes volatile food and energy prices actually rose 2.1%.


Economic Optimism

May’s IBD’s U.S. business optimism rose to the highest level in 15 years as Americana’s felt better about their own finances and the country’s economic policies. Great, news, but this survey was completed before the recent trade war escalated.


Dow Jones

Wall Street’s Dow Jones Average fell 563 points to 25,942 on the increased tensions around U.S. China trade.

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