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Regional Market Reports

Why did prices go up in one city and not in another? Did local steel production increase? What are scrap prices going to do next month? The answers are in these reports.   



Detroit sideways across the board

By Bill Beck - December 12, 2018

Expectations in Detroit over the long Thanksgiving weekend were that the Motor City market might be up in December for the third month in a row. But as the December market approached, expectations throttled back slightly. On the first Tuesday in December, all of the major Detroit mills announced they would be willing to buy scrap for the month at November numbers, and the market quickly jumped into line.

Detroit up $20 on cut grades, $10 on prime grades

By Bill Beck - November 14, 2018

As October wound to a close, many in the Detroit market expected that mills might drag their feet in November, hoping to chip some of the $20 price increase for prime grades and $10 increase for cut grades they paid in October over September prices.

Detroit up $20 on prime grades, $10 on cut grades

By Bill Beck - October 10, 2018

After dropping $20 across the board in September, prime grades came back strong in October, regaining all of the $20 they lost last month. Cut grades regained half of the $20 they lost in the September market. Still, cut grades are off $30 from August numbers, and many in the Motor City think more ground will be made up next month.

General market report for Detroit

By Bill Beck - September 12, 2018

For the second straight month, cut grades in Detroit dropped $20. But in September, they didn’t lose ground to prime grades, which were also off $20 in the Motor City. Plate and structural grades, which are in abundant supply in the Great Lakes region, dropped $25 for the second straight month.

Detroit down $20 on cut grades, $10 on prime grades

By Bill Beck - August 15, 2018

After two straight months of prime grades up $10 and cut grades sideways, Detroit dropped back from its summer plateau. Prime grades were off $10 in the Motor City, while cut grades dropped $20. An oversupply of plate and structural in the lower Great Lakes markets pushed 5-foot P&S down $25 in Detroit.

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