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Chicago scrap metal prices

November 11, 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 September 4, 2018
Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 337.00 338.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 397.00 398.00
No. 2 bundles 289.00 290.00
No. 1 busheling 397.00 398.00
Shredded scrap 354.00 355.00
Machine shop turnings 224.00 225.00
Cast iron borings 214.00 215.00
Cast iron borings, foundry 249.00 250.00
Plate and structurals, 5 ft. and under 349.00 350.00
Plate and structurals, low alloy, 2 ft. and under 439.00 440.00
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) 379.00 380.00
Reroller rails 279.00 280.00
Rails, 2 ft. and under 459.00 460.00
No. 1 machinery cast 491.00 492.00
Clean auto cast 491.00 492.00
Cupola cast 431.00 432.00
Stove plate 349.00 350.00
Steel car wheels 384.00 385.00
Stainless (brokers' buying prices)
18-8 bundles and solids 1,375.00 1,425.00
18-8 turnings 1,275.00 1,325.00
430 bundles and solids 340.00 355.00

Market Reports

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.