Global Economic, Scrap Metal, Commodities and Recycling Report

December 9, 2019

This is the Global Economic, Commodities, Scrap Metal and Recycling Report, by BENLEE Roll off Trailers and Lugger Trucks, December 9th, 2019.

weekly tonnage of raw steel production

U.S. steel production fell to 1.835 Million tons, on slow economic growth. A question. Will this week’s new U.S. tariffs on Brazil & Argentina for Steel and Aluminum help U.S. steel mills and aluminum smelters more than hurt consumers of steel and Aluminum?

Crude Oil

Oil rose to $59.10 a barrel, a Multi-month high, as OPEC and Russia agreed to additional production cuts to reduce supply, to try to force higher prices.

US Field Production of Crude Oil

U.S. weekly oil production was steady at 12.9M per day, staying at the record level, as fracking increases and standard oil rigs decline. Overall great economic news.

Iron Ore

Iron ore rose to $87.50Ton, on continued slow global growth.

AMM Weekly Heavy Melt

Scrap steel #1 HMS was up $30/GT and more to about $232/GT on OK demand, but limited supply, which drove up prices.

Hot Roll Coil Steel

Hot roll coil steel rose to $28.08/Hundred on Ok demand as well and as steel mills pass along scrap metal price increases.


Copper rose to $2.75 per pound, on the strong jobs report we will soon talk about.


Aluminum was steady at 80.2 cents per pound, on balanced supply and demand.

Cardboard OCC

Cardboard Scrap OCC South East was steady at $35/Ton, a decade low on a slow economy and good supply.

EuroZone Growth Rate

The Eurozone, whose economy is almost as large as the U.S. had its economy grow in the third quarter at a slow 1.2%. Germany which is the largest economy in Europe, has been hurt by lower exports to China, as U.S. Tariffs have hurt manufacturing in China and the U.S.

U.S. Manufacturing Index

The U.S. Manufacturing Index for November fell to 48.1, remaining in actual contraction. This was the 4th straight month of declining U.S. manufacturing activity amid a steeper decline in new orders and employment. Global trade remains the most significant cross industry issue.

U.S. Non-Farm Payroll

The U.S. Non-farm payroll report, which is new jobs created, rose 266,000, a very solid number as slow growth continues. This was helped by 48,000 returning workers that went back to work as the GM strike ended.

U.S. Unemployment Rate

With the new jobs, the U.S. Unemployment rate fell to 3.5%, a 50-year low, as it remains tough to find skilled workers.

U.S. Consumer Sentiment

U.S. Consumer Sentiment rose to 99.2 a 7-month high, as current and future expectations improved. Nearly all the gain was among upper income households due to near record gains in household wealth largely due to increased Wall Street stock prices.

Initial Unemployment Claims

Unemployment claims fell to 203,000, near the 50-year low, with the slow growth economy and a tight labor market.

Dow Jones

Wall Street’s Dow Jones Average fell to 28,015, plunging early in the week on statements saying a China trade deal could wait until after the election, but then rose sharply on the solid new jobs report.

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