Global Economic, Commodities, Scrap Metal, and Recycling Report

March 30, 2020

This is the Global Economic, Commodities, Scrap Metal and Recycling Report, by BENLEE Roll off Trailers and Open Top Gondola trailers, March 30th, 2020. This is a remote edition.


COVID-19 Update. Global cases are now 724,945. Yesterday, the U.S. Governments’ Doctors and the President said that there could be 80,000 to 200,000 U.S. deaths and if only 100,000, that would be good. As for the U.S. Data, February 26, 15 infected. March 9th, 566, March 16th 3,485, March 23rd 35,224 and as of, Today at 5:50 AM, 143,053 infected. Today is the last day of the U.S. 15 day containment program. U.S. cases increased about 41 times during the 15 day containment program. Yesterday the U.S. containment program was extended until April 30th.

weekly tonnage of raw steel production

U.S. weekly steel production fell to 1.852 M GT, which will fall much further in the coming weeks as industries such as Automotive remain closed.

Crude Oil

Oil prices rose to $21.82/b, near an 18 year low on declining demand and as OPEC looks to increase production.

US Field Production of Crude Oil

U.S. weekly oil production fell to 13.0M/b/d, remaining near the all-time record, but this should fall due to the very low prices.

Iron Ore

Iron ore fell to $86.50/Ton on global slowing, but as China restarts their economy. Toyota has restarted China production.

AMM Weekly Heavy Melt

Scrap steel #1 HMS price was steady at $232.67/GT and will fall in April, due to a combination of lack of demand and falling supply.

Scrap Steel Price

Scrap Steel No. 1 HMS export buying price Philadelphia fell hard to $135/GT a multi-year low as the global economy continues to fall.

Hot Roll Coil Steel

Hot roll coil steel fell to $28.06/CT, and should continue to fall on lower scrap steel prices and falling demand.


Copper rose to $2.16/lb. as the global economy other than China continues to fall.


Aluminum fell to 68.2 cents per pound, a new multi-year low on the slowing global economy.

Initial Unemployment Claims

U.S. Unemployment claims skyrocketed to 3.28M, million for the week. The U.S. economy is in shock. This is a one-year chart.

U.S. Unemployment Claims

This is also unemployment claims, see the thin line on the right, which is the same 3.28M. But note this is a 65-year chart. Shocking data in that this is the worst week of layoffs in modern history.

U.S. Consumer Confidence

March’s U.S. Consumer Sentiment was revised down to 89.1, the lowest reading since October 2016 and the 4th largest one-month decline in about 50 years.

U.S.  Composite

March’s U.S. Composite activity index, which is a combination of manufacturing and services, fell to 40.5, the sharpest decline since October 2009 and the service sector contracted the most on record.

Dow Jones

Wall Street’s Dow Jones rose a big 2,463 to 21,637, but remains well down from the high.


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