Recycling, Scrap Metal, Commodities and Economic Report

This is the Commodities, Scrap Metal, Recycling and Economic Report, December 4th, 2023.

weekly tonnage of raw steel production

U.S. weekly raw steel production fell slightly to 1.687MT on continued slow U.S. manufacturing.

US Dollar

The U.S. dollar vs other global currencies. When the dollar falls, commodities priced in dollars typically rises. It fell to 103.5 as lower inflation brings lower interest rates, so a lower dollar. But the Federal Reserve Chair said on Friday inflation is still too high, so they could raise interest rates.

Crude Oil

WTI crude oil settled price fell to $74.07/b., despite Brazil agreed to join OPEC+. Also, the lower price came despite new production cuts by OPEC+ while the U.S. continues high exports. The U.S. now exports more oil than any other country in the world other than Saudia Arabia.

Oil Rig Count

The U.S. weekly oil rig count was steady at 500. This was on continued great productivity per well and disciplined very slow increases.

US Field Production of Crude Oil

U.S. weekly oil production was steady at 13.2Mb/d., remaining at the record and is higher than even Saudi Arabia. Some forecast production to rise to about 14.0M in 2024. Great for U.S. jobs and the balance of trade as U.S. oil exports remain high.

AMM Weekly Heavy Melt

Scrap steel #1HMS price was steady at $340/GT. It could rise $20/GT or more this week on good exports, due to a lower U.S. dollar.

Hot Roll Coil

Hot-rolled coil steel price rose to $51.20/cwt., $1,024/T on higher iron ore and scrap metal prices.


Copper price rose to $3.92/lb., on the lower U.S. Dollar, supply concerns and the rebound in Chinese demand.


Aluminum price fell to $1.00/lb., $2,207/mt. This was despite the lower dollar and demand concerns hurt price.

China’s Caxin General Manufacturing PM Index

China’s Caxin general manufacturing purchasing manager’s index rose to 50.7 the highest since August. This was as new orders rose fast, sentiment improved and inflation eased.

U.S. October Sales New Single-Family Houses

U.S. October sales of new single family houses fell to 697,000 annualized, the level of the 1960’s as higher mortgage rates slowed sales, which lowered prices.

U.S. November ISM Manufacturing PM Index

U.S. November ISM manufacturing purchasing managers’ index was unchanged at 46.7, the 14th month of under 50. Remember under 50 is contraction. New orders remain soft, inventories continue to shrink and prices fell.

U.S. October Personal Consumption Expenditure Index

U.S. October personal consumption expenditure index, the Federal reserve’s preferred measure of inflation. It fell to 3% from 3.4%, the lowest since March 2021. Core PCE, which excludes food and energy, fell to 3.5%.


U.S. Q3 GDP, economic growth. The economy grew 5.2% over last year, one of the strongest growth quarters in decades. Consumer and government spending as well as residential investments were up. Some forecast slowing to about 1.2%+ in Q4, the current quarter.

Dow Jones

Wall Street’s Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 856 points for the week to 36,246, about 2% off the all-time record high. Retail sales were strong, while manufacturing was slowing.

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