Global Economic, Commodities, Scrap Metal, and Recycling Report

July 12, 2021

This is the Global Economic, Commodities, Scrap Metal and Recycling Report, by our BENLEE Roll off Trailer and Lugger Truck, July 12th, 2021.

weekly tonnage of raw steel production

U.S. Weekly crude steel production rose to 1.842MT, an 83% utilization rate, vs. 90% in mid-2008. Economic growth continues.

Crude Oil

WTI Crude oil price fell to $74.56/b, the first drop in months. At last week’s OPEC meeting, they could not agree on increase limits.

Oil Rig Count

The U.S. Weekly Oil rig count rose to 378, still about half the pre COVID high. Drillers are holding back until prices increase further.

US Field Production of Crude Oil

U.S. weekly crude oil production rose to 11.3Mb/d, down 13.7% from pre COVID. Major increases are waiting for higher prices.

AMM Weekly Heavy Melt

Scrap steel #1 HMS price remained steady at $461.67/GT. Supply and demand are in balance.

Hot Roll Coil

Hot Roll Coil Steel Price rose to $89.06/cwt, a weekly ending record and was slightly higher during the week. Demand continues to outstrip supply.


Copper price rose to $4.34/lb., about 10% off the record high. This is on good demand and lower Chinese smelting, due to maintenance.


Aluminum price fell to $1.128/lb. $2,487/mt, near the 2011 high, on good demand and tight supply. Russian new export metal taxes are starting August 1, to reduce Russian their exports to reduce their inflation.

China June Annual Inflation

China’s June Annual Inflation fell to 1.1% from May’s 8 month high. Food was down and non-food was up slightly, due to slower economic growth.

Canadian June Economic Purchasing Manager’s Index

Canada’s June Economic Ivey Purchasing Manager’s index. jumped to 71.9 the second highest since March 2011. This signals a sustained and strong recovery as hiring increased.

U.S. 10 Yr. Treasury Bond

U.S. 10 Yr. Treasury bond rate. Note this is a 100-year chart. It fell to 1.36%, up from 1.25% during the week. Concerns over the Delta variant are spooking the markets.

U.S. July IBP-TIPP Economic Optimism Index

U.S. July IBP/TIPP economic optimism index fell to 54.3, the lowest since February, as stimulus fades and on higher inflation. Related, the 6-month outlook fell.

U.S. June Annualized Total Vehicle Sales

U.S. June annualized total vehicle sales fell to 15.84M a multi month low, as semiconductor shortages continue to hurt production. The good news is, as production rises, it extends the recovery.

U.S. May Job Openings

U.S. May job openings rose to 9.193M a new record. Services and education had the largest increases.

Dow Jones

Wall Street’s Dow Jones industrial average rose 84 points to 34,870, a record high and 14.99% YTD. The Dow recovered from a Thursday sell off over concerns about the Delta variant. After falling for months U.S. COVID case are up a huge 60% in the past 14 days.

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