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Scrap Metal, Commodities, Recycling & Economic Report - BENLEE Roll Off Trailers June 4, 2018

This is the Scrap Metal Commodities Recycling and Economic Report, by BENLEE and Raleigh and Goldsboro Recycling, June 4, 2018. This is a special edition with Ron Ostrowski reporting, for Greg Brown. Last week prices were mostly mixed and economic data were mostly positive.


weekly tonnage of raw steel production

U.S steel production rose, remaining ahead of last year and the year before as new steel tariffs will bring even higher U.S. production.


Crude Oil

Oil held somewhat steady ending at $65.81, after hitting new highs, two weeks ago. OPEC and Russia remain ready to increase production to stabilize prices.


US Field Production of Crude Oil

U.S. oil production hit a new all-time high of 10.769 million barrels per day as higher prices continue to bring higher production.


Iron Ore

Iron ore rose slightly to $65.50/ton, on a good balance of supply and demand and on a good global economy.


AMM Weekly Heavy Melt Price

Scrap steel #1 Heavy Melt remained at $340/GT, as we hear prices could be stable to slightly down in June, with scrap flows and demand remaining mostly balanced and global demand remains good.


Hot Roll Coil Steel

Hot dipped galvanized steel fell slightly to $1,190/ton, near the multi-year high, as global demand remains solid and raw material prices remain high.



Copper rose two cents to $3.10 on turbulent economic and political news and a good balance of supply and demand.


5 Year Copper

Copper prices have remained somewhat stable in recent months, but off the multiyear high of December.


1 Year Copper LME

Copper inventories were up slightly but have changed little since last year due to a good balance of supply and demand.



Aluminum was up 2 cents ending at $1.036 on continued good demand and Tariffs which are disrupting markets.


5 Year Aluminum LME

Aluminum LME inventories fell slightly and are approaching new 8-year lows on solid demand and good supply.


President Trump

President Trump announced he is going ahead with 25% Steel and 10% Aluminum Tariffs on material from major countries we trade with, including Canada, Mexico and the European Union. This is truly great for U.S. Steel and Aluminum producers, yet bad for U.S. buyers of Steel and Aluminum and bad for consumers who will pay more.


China NBS Manufacturing PMI

May’s China manufacturing index rose to 51.9%, the highest in about 6 months and trending up for over two years, as new orders and exports increased.


US Durable Goods Orders

April’s U.S. Durable Goods orders slumped 1.7 percent, but orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft, which is a better measure of U.S. business spending, rose a big 1%, reversing a .9 percent decrease in March.


US GDP Growth Rate

Final U.S. data showed the economy grew at 2.2 percent and remains trending slightly down. The great news is that the economy has been expanding since 2009.


US Non Farm Payrolls

U.S. job creation has been trending down, but with creating 233,000 last month, it was the best in three months. Retail trade, healthcare and construction added the most jobs.


US Unemployment Rate

The U.S. great jobs report led to having the percent unemployment drop to 3.8 percent, to lowest since April 2000. A great number.


US Initial Jobless Claims

Initial unemployment claims fell to 221,000, remaining near numbers last seen in 1970, great data meaning a great economy.


Dow Jones

Wall Street’s Dow Jones Average fell, despite a great close on Friday, ending down 180 points to 24,635, as the tariff news took prices down and the solid jobs report took prices up.


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