Global Economic, Commodities, Scrap Metal, and Recycling Report

June 8, 2020

This is the Global Economic, Commodities, Scrap Metal and Recycling Report, by our BENLEE Roll off Trailer and Open Top Trailer, June 8th, 2020.


Covid-19 Update. Forecasted U.S. deaths rose to 140,496 through Aug 4th, as less people wear masks and less distancing. A shocking 110,514, are now dead in 14 weeks, equal to more than the entire population of West Palm Beach, Florida. Other Bad news is a controlled study showed the potential Game changer drug, hydroxychloroquine is not effective prevention for covid. Good news is the U.S. has picked 4 companies to get about $1B for vaccine development.

weekly tonnage of raw steel production

U.S. weekly steel production rose to 1.206M Tons, as U.S. the is slowly reopening.

Crude Oil

Oil price rose to $39.55/b, as May China imports hit a record and OPEC and their partners renewed their commitment to limit production.

US Field Production of Crude Oil

The U.S. Oil rig count fell to 206 down 87% from the high. Normally higher prices bring more rigs, But the U.S. is now teaming with the OPEC cartel, on production cuts.

Oil Rig Count

U.S. weekly oil production fell to 11.2M/b/d, down 1.9M/b/d in just 11 weeks. The U.S. plan of Energy dominance created massive problems with Saudi Arabia, so the U.S. has now backed down from the dominance plan.

Iron Ore

Iron ore rose to $100.50/T, as demand slowly increases.

Scrap Steel Price

Scrap Steel No. 1 HMS export buying price Philadelphia, rose to $205/GT, on increased demand and tight supply.

AMM Weekly Heavy Melt

Scrap steel #1 HMS composite price rose to $203.47/GT, on the same increased demand and tight supply.

Hot Roll Coil Steel

Hot Roll Coil steel rose to $25.25/Hundred on small demand increases, as manufacturing slowly reopens.


Copper rose to $2.54/lb., and is $2.55 this morning, on the strong, but wrong unemployment report, which we will talk about shortly.


Aluminum rose to 66.4 cents per pound, on the same wrong report.

U.S. Economic Index-PMI

May’s U.S. Economic Growth Index-PMI, rose to 37 from a horrific 27 in April. Under 50 means contraction, so 37 means contracting slower than April. Note that the growth peak was mid-2018 and fell off the cliff in February.

U.S. Unemployment Rate

May’s U.S. unemployment rate was released BUT, using wrong data. The headline was unemployment fell to 13.3%, but in the government’s own document, in the last paragraph, it said there was an error and the real number was 3% higher, so 16.6%. It is very, very troubling about the way this was handled.

U.S. New Jobs

U.S. new Jobs declined a record 20.7 M in April. It was just reported we gained back 2.5M jobs in May, but with the Unemployment rate reported at 13.3, yet it was then said it was 3 points higher, this data of gaining 2.5M jobs may not be correct.

Dow Jones

Wall Street’s Dow Jones Average rose 1,728 points to 27,111 as the economy is reopening, and on the wrong unemployment report.


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