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Cincinnati scrap metal prices

May 22, 2017
The Cincinnati ferrous scrap market feeds the Ohio valley region via train, truck, and boat. Cincinnati sits directly along the Ohio River giving it advantageous access to a network of rivers including the Mississippi River and Ohio River Basin System, which contains roughly 2,800 miles of navigable waterway.
Scrap Price Bulletin covers twelve different steel and iron prices for the Cincinnati market including 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, rails, random length, rails, 2 ft. and under, and no. 1 machinery cast.
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Prices as of March 21, 2016
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 124.00 125.00
No. 2 hvy. melting 114.00 115.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 67.00 68.00
No. 2 bundles 39.00 40.00
No. 1 busheling 72.00 73.00
Shredded scrap 109.00 110.00
Machine shop turnings 29.00 30.00
Cast iron borings 29.00 30.00
Plate and structurals, 5 ft. and under 139.00 140.00
Rails, random length 159.00 160.00
Rails, 2 ft. and under 234.00 235.00
No. 1 machinery cast 229.00 230.00

Market Reports

In Cincinnati, secondary grades rise while primes are sideways

By John Ambrosia - May 10, 2017

Like most other markets in the nation, the Cincinnati district saw prices mostly unchanged in May, as supply-and-demand were in enough balance to keep most everything steady, other than a slight increase in certain cut grades.