Recycling, Scrap Metal, Commodities and Economic Report

This is the Commodities, Scrap Metal, Recycling and Economic Report, March 4th, 2024.

weekly tonnage of raw steel production

U.S. weekly raw steel production rose slightly to 1.73MT on continued slow U.S. manufacturing.

Crude Oil

WTI crude oil price rose to $79.01/b., on Middle East issues and OPEC+ extended production cuts.

US Field Production of Crude Oil

U.S. weekly crude oil production was steady at 13.3Mb/d., the all time high in U.S. history. Crude oil and petroleum product exports, yes exports hit an all time high in history, in mid-February.

Oil Rig Count

The U.S. weekly oil rig count rose to 506 on great productivity per well and continued very slow increase in U.S. production.

AMM Weekly Heavy Melt

Scrap steel #1 HMS price was steady at $365/GT and is set to fall by $15/GT or more this week on slow U.S. and global manufacturing.

Hot Roll Coil

Hot-roll coil steel price fell to $41.03/cwt., $821/T on the same slow U.S. manufacturing.


Copper price fell slightly to $3.86/lb., as Chinese economic stimulus has not yet been effective. Also, copper inventories are still rising.


Aluminum price rose slightly to $1.02/lb., $2,240/mt on slow global growth.

China’s February NBS Manufacturing PM Index

China’s February NBS manufacturing PM index fell to 49.1 the fifth straight month of contraction in factory activity. New orders and exports were weak as output fell, but sentiment improved.

U.S. February U of M Consumer Sentiment Survey

U.S. February U of M Consumer Sentiment survey was revised lower to 76.9. Feelings about current and future expectation fell slightly.

U.S. February ISM Manufacturing PM Index

U.S. February ISM manufacturing PM index fell to 47.8, the16th consecutive month of a decline in manufacturing. New orders and employment fell.

U.S. January PCE

U.S. January PCE (Personal Consumption Expenditure) inflation index. It fell to 2.4% for the past 12 months. Core inflation, excluding food and energy fell to 2.8%. Volatile energy prices brought it down. January services rose a big .6%. Record employment, record salaries and record spending is bringing price increases, so all the good news in bringing bad news on inflation.

U.S. Q4 & Total 2023 GDP

U.S. Q4 & Total 2023 GDP, economic growth. Q4 grew a big 3.2%, making 2023 a solid 2.5% from 1.9% in 2022. This was on strong consumer and government infrastructure spending. Also, great record exports of crude oil/petroleum products and natural gas helped growth.

Dow Jones

Wall Street’s Dow Jones Industrial Average rose to 39,087 an all-time high. Consumer prices are still high, but slowing inflation and good jobs helping the markets. Also, with the U.S. now the #1 energy exporter in the world, which is boosting the economy.


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