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Global Economic, Scrap Metal, Commodities and Recycling Report October 7, 2019

This is the Global Economic, Scrap Metal, Commodities and Recycling Report, by BENLEE Roll off Trailers and Lugger Trucks, October 7th, 2019.


weekly tonnage of raw steel production

U.S. steel production rose slightly to 1.825 Million tons, but is trending down as manufacturing remains contracting.


Crude Oil

Oil fell to $53.08 a barrel, on a slowing global economy. The price remains relatively low, despite flood of oil from Iran and Venezuela, being mostly off the market.


US Field Production of Crude Oil

U.S. oil production fell to 12.4M barrels a day, but remains near the record, as lower oil prices pressure lower production levels.


Iron Ore

Iron ore fell to $93.00/Ton, on continued global slowing.


AMM Weekly Heavy Melt

Scrap steel #1 HMS fell to about $188/GT, on continued global slowing and as global manufacturing contracts.


Hot Roll Coil Steel

Hot roll coil steel fell to $25.67/Hundred a multiyear low, on U.S. Manufacturing contraction.



Copper fell to $2.54, near the multiyear low on slowing global manufacturing.



Aluminum fell to 77.2 cents, near the multiyear low as well, on the same slowing global manufacturing.


Global Economic Index

September’s global economic index fell to near 50%, the level which would mean zero growth. As part of this, global Manufacturing is actually contracting, while services are growing, which is more than offsetting the manufacturing decline, so overall, there is small growth.


U.S. Manufacturing Index

September’s U.S. Manufacturing index fell to 47.8 the steepest monthly contraction in 10 years amid the China trade war. Actual production and employment contracted and, new orders and inventories fell. This is very bad news. As for good news, strong consumer spending is supporting the economy.


U.S. Trade Deficit

August’s U.S. trade deficit fell, meaning it was worse. While there is good U.S. consumer demand, it is tough to hire workers, so lower U.S. production leads to imports to meet demand. A bit twisted. Again, a good U.S. economy means more imports, due to a shortage of workers to make things here in the U.S.


U.S. Vehicle Sales

September’s U.S. Vehicle Sales rose to an annualized 17.2M, but they have been trending down for about 2 years. The slowing economy and high student debt are hurting sales.


U.S. Manufacturing Index

September’s U.S. non-farm payroll, the jobs report, fell to 136,000 new jobs created. A good number, but nowhere near the 2015 or 2016 months that at times were near 340,000. The economy is slowing as the 2018 tax cut was a onetime sugar high vs the forecasted increasing growth rate we were to get.


U.S. Unemployment Rate

September’s U.S. Unemployment rate fell to a 50-year low of 3.5%. Great news as job creation continues. The dark side is, the low rate is also caused by the government blocking legal immigration and others seeking asylum in the U.S., which is limiting workers to hire and slowing U.S. economic growth.


Dow Jones

Wall Street’s Dow Jones Average fell to 26,574 near the recent high. Wall Street remains concerned about U.S. and global slowing.



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