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Philadelphia scrap metal prices

August 13, 2018
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 no.1 machinery cast, heavy breakable cast, cupola cast, other track material (OTM), rails, 2 ft. and under, plate and structurals, 5 ft. and under, machine shop turnings, shredded scrap, no. 1 foundry busheling, no. 1 dealer bundles, no. 1 busheling (mill) and no. 1 heavy melting to domestic consumers
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Prices as of June 12, 2017
Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting to domestic consumers 247.00 250.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 367.00 370.00
No. 1 busheling (mill) 367.00 370.00
No. 1 foundry busheling 412.00 415.00
Shredded scrap 277.00 280.00
Machine shop turnings 232.00 235.00
Plate and structurals, 5 ft. and under 267.00 270.00
Plate and structurals, 2 ft. and under 357.00 360.00
Rails, 2 ft. and under 357.00 360.00
Other Track Material(OTM) 357.00 360.00
Cupola cast 217.00 220.00
Heavy breakable cast 167.00 170.00
No. 1 machinery cast 237.00 240.00

Market Reports

Philadelphia market gives back in August

By Bill Beck - August 15, 2018

The $20 boost in prices for heavy melt and plate and structural scrap that Philadelphia area dealers received in July evaporated in the hot August sun. Cut grade prices dropped $20 across the board in August on weakening export sales off the East Coast.