Global Economic, Scrap Metal, Commodities and Recycling Report

November 25, 2019

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

weekly tonnage of raw steel production

U.S. steel production rose to 1.876 Million tons, on slowing growth, as there is mixed data on will growth pick up or slow down over the next year.

Crude Oil

Oil was steady at $57.94 a barrel, on OPEC cuts and slow economic growth. Low gasoline prices are great for the U.S. Consumer.

US Field Production of Crude Oil

U.S. weekly oil production was steady at the record 12.8 million barrels per day. Great economic news. Shale oil growth is leading vs. traditional oil rigs, so less steel is being used due to less traditional oil rigs.

Iron Ore

Iron ore rose to $84.50/M Ton on slow global economic growth.

AMM Weekly Heavy Melt

Steel scrap #1 HMS was steady at $202.67 on continued slow growth. December could possibly have prices up $10 to $20/GT or more due to slow flow into Recycling Yards.

Hot Roll Coil Steel

Hot roll coil steel rose to $27.29/Hundred on higher scrap prices and slightly higher demand.


Copper rose to $2.65, near the multi week high as markets continue to look for growth.


Aluminum was steady at 79.2 cents, also as markets continue to look for growth.

Eurozone Manufacturing Index

November’s Eurozone Manufacturing Index Rose, an economy only slightly smaller than the U.S., but is still in contraction, so contracting slower. This was the 10th Month of slower factory activity and the 7th month of slower job creation.

U.S. Initial Jobless Claims

Last week’s initial jobless of 227,000 was steady at a 5-month high, but historically this is very low as hiring remains good, yet is clearly slowing as the tax cut effect of 2018 has slowed.

U.S. Housing Starts

October’s U.S. Housing starts rose 3.7% to 1.31 Million, following September’s 7.9% slump. While a nice number compared to 10 years ago, it is below the starts from 1960, 59 years ago, when there were only about half the number of people living in the U.S. Huge student debt and cuts in legal immigration from people seeking jobs with work permits and people seeking asylum, is slowing economic growth.

U.S. Manufacturing Index

November’s U.S. Manufacturing index rose, with the steepest factory expansion in 7 months. Output increased at the fastest pace in 10 months and manufacturers had the first backlog increase since June, which together will pressure higher commodity prices. As a negative, manufacturers remain concerned due to future economic uncertainty.

Dow Jones

Wall Street’s Dow Jones Average fell to 27,876, but remains high as slow growth is supporting markets as recession fears fade.


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