Recycling, Scrap Metal, Commodities and Economic Report

This is the Commodities, Scrap Metal, Recycling and Economic Report, December 11th, 2023.

weekly tonnage of raw steel production

U.S. weekly raw steel production rose to 1.7MT a somewhat low level on continued slow U.S. demand.

Crude Oil

WTI crude oil settled price fell to $71.23/b. on uncertain demand in China and the U.S. Related last week there was near record U.S. oil exports.

Oil Rig Count

The U.S. weekly oil rig count fell to 503 on great productivity per well and disciplined very slow increased production.

US Field Production of Crude Oil

U.S. weekly oil production fell to 13.1Mb/d, remaining near the record. It could still go to 13.5M+ next year.

AMM Weekly Heavy Melt

Scrap steel #1HMS price rose to about $380/GT on good export demand and limited increase in domestic demand.

Hot Roll Coil

Hot-rolled coil steel price rose to $52.50/cwt., $1,050/T. on higher iron ore and scrap prices and some higher demand.


Copper price fell to $3.83/lb., on concerns of lower demand, but on higher Chinese imports.


Aluminum price fell to $.97/lb., $2,139/mt. near a 4 month low on lower Chinese demand and concerns over global demand.

China November Consumer Inflation

China November consumer inflation fell to -.5% vs last year driven by lower food and energy prices. This helps lower U.S. inflation, because we buy so much from China.

U.S. November New Jobs Report

U.S. November new jobs report added 199,000 jobs, below the 12 month average. Healthcare rose while about 50,000 auto workers and screen writers returned to work. Net of automotive, manufacturing employment declined. Retail declined as well.

U.S. November Total Payrolls

U.S. November total payrolls rose to 157.1M the highest in American history. Great news for the U.S. economy. More workers brings more supply, so helps reduce inflation.

U.S. November Unemployment Rate

U.S. November unemployment rate fell to 3.7%, near the 50 year low, near the lowest in half a century. The number of unemployed fell 215,000 and the number of employed rose a huge 757,000.

U of M December Consumer Sentiment Survey

U of M December consumer sentiment survey surged to 69.4 the highest since August and 39% above the June 2022 low. This was on the positive belief that inflation is slowing.

Dow Jones

Wall Street’s Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2 points to 36,248, very near the all-time record. This was on the slowing U.S. economy that could bring lower interest rates that helps the economy.

Lugger Trucks by BENLEE

Lugger trucks for sale at BENLEE. Heil luggers and Huge Haul brands are now BENLEE. We are #1 in safety and uptime. Call BENLEE for a quote at 734-722-8100 or call Premier Truck Sales & Rental to rent a lugger truck at 1-800-825-1255.

End Page

This report is brought to you by BENLEE roll off trailers, gondola trailers, lugger trucks and roll off trailer parts.

As always, feel free to call or email me with any questions and we hope all have a safe and profitable week.