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Philadelphia scrap metal prices

November 11, 2019
Philadelphia is a broker buying market serving the mid-atlantic region of the United States. Philadelphia is also a major scrap exporter for the east coast market along with New York, Boston, and Providence, Rhode Island. During the winter months, Philadelphia is greatly affected by the harsh winter weather conditions, resulting in downtime with the local metals businesses. In turn, winter outages can severely hinder not only the domestic scrap business but the global export market as well.
Scrap Price Bulletin covers fourteen different steel and iron prices for the Philadelphia market including plate and structurals, 5 ft. and under, machine shop turnings, shredded scrap, no. 1 foundry busheling, no. 1 dealer bundlesno. 1 heavy melting to domestic consumers, no. 2 bundles, cut structural/plate 2ft max, cut structural/plate 3ft max and foundry steel, 2ft max.
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Prices as of September 4, 2018
Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting to domestic consumers 307.00 310.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 388.00 391.00
No. 1 busheling (mill) 388.00 391.00
No. 1 foundry busheling 467.00 470.00
Shredded scrap 347.00 350.00
Machine shop turnings 257.00 260.00
Plate and structurals, 5 ft. and under 317.00 320.00
Plate and structurals, 2 ft. and under 412.00 415.00
Rails, 2 ft. and under 412.00 415.00
Other Track Material(OTM) 412.00 415.00
Cupola cast 302.00 305.00
Heavy breakable cast 257.00 260.00
No. 1 machinery cast 327.00 330.00

Market Reports

Philadelphia market retreats in December

By Bill Beck - December 12, 2018

After going up $40 through October and November, cut grades in the Philadelphia market dropped off $10 in December as sales slowed at nearby export yards.