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Chicago scrap metal prices

September 16, 2019

Chicago has been a major player in the iron and steel industry since prior to the Civil War. Through the years it has been a leader through the rise and fall of the metals industry and still is a highly watched market today to predict new trends.

Pricing in Chicago is assessed as a delivered to consumer market for 21 steel and iron scrap grades and 3 grades of stainless steel with historical prices online dating back to 1995.

Scrap Price Bulletin offers pricing and trends on the following metals in the Chicago market: no. 1 heavy melting, no. 2 heavy melting, no. 1 dealer bundles, no. 2 bundles, no. 1 busheling, shredded scrap, machine shop turnings, cast iron borings, plate and structurals 5 ft. and under, plate and structurals low alloy 2 ft. and under, low-residual black foundry busheling, low-residual ductile-quality shredded clips, low-alloy punchings, scrap rails random length (del to dealers yards), reroller rails, clean auto cast, cupola cast, steel car wheels, 18-8 bundles and solids, 18-8 turnings, and 430 bundles and solids

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Prices as of July 9, 2018
Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 357.00 358.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 407.00 408.00
No. 2 bundles 309.00 310.00
No. 1 busheling 407.00 408.00
Shredded scrap 374.00 375.00
Machine shop turnings 244.00 245.00
Cast iron borings 234.00 235.00
Cast iron borings, foundry 269.00 270.00
Plate and structurals, 5 ft. and under 369.00 370.00
Plate and structurals, low alloy, 2 ft. and under 459.00 460.00
Low-residual, black foundry busheling 546.00 547.00
Low-residual, ductile-quality shredded clips 546.00 547.00
Low-alloy punchings 566.00 567.00
Scrap rails, random length (del to dealers yards) 399.00 400.00
Reroller rails 279.00 280.00
Rails, 2 ft. and under 469.00 470.00
No. 1 machinery cast 501.00 502.00
Clean auto cast 501.00 502.00
Cupola cast 441.00 442.00
Stove plate 349.00 350.00
Steel car wheels 404.00 405.00
Stainless (brokers' buying prices)
18-8 bundles and solids 1,425.00 1,475.00
18-8 turnings 1,325.00 1,375.00
430 bundles and solids 315.00 330.00

Market Reports

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.