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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.   



Chicago and St. Louis up $30 in December

By Bill Beck - December 9, 2019

A Midwest market that has been mired in a relentless downward spiral for most of the summer and fall ended the year on a high note. A $30 per gross ton jump across the board in both Chicago and St. Louis, coupled with a $20 increase in November, was the first back-to-back monthly increase in the region in over a year.

Chicago and St. Louis gain back half of October losses

By Bill Beck - November 11, 2019

After two straight months of $40 per gross ton drops for prime grades in the two big Midwest markets, Chicago and St. Louis were hoping that the November settlement would be $10, but not discounting the possibility that the markets could be sideways.

Chicago and St. Louis down $35 and $40 again in October

By Bill Beck - October 11, 2019

Beset by mill maintenance outages, lackluster exports, and the effects of a lengthening strike against General Motors, ferrous scrap prices continued their search for the bottom, with prices in Chicago and St. Louis off $40 for prime grades and $35 for cut grades. Only turnings bucked the deep downward trend, dropping $10 for the month on strong demand from mills in the South.

Chicago, St. Louis markets give back August gains and more

By Bill Beck - September 10, 2019

Prices for prime scrap in the Chicago and St. Louis regions were off $40 in September, giving back the $20 bill they increased in August. Cut grades experienced a $30 drop across the board for the month.

Chicago and St. Louis settle at up $20 in August

By Bill Beck - August 13, 2019

After undergoing one of the more contentious settlements in recent years last month, Chicago quietly followed Michigan and Ohio mills in the middle of last week, settling at up $20 across the board - with the exception of machine shop turnings, which shot up nearly $70.

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