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St. Louis scrap metal prices

January 27, 2020

St. Louis is a key player in the US’s Midwestern scrap market. The major consumers in St. Louis include US Steel’s Granite works, which makes steel used in the production for tube and pipe. Alton Steel is a primary producer for special bar quality steel (SBQ),  SSAB Montpellier produces steel plate and coil, and Keystone steel and wire produces billet, rod , rebar and industrial wire.  

The St. Louis region can extend as far south as Arkansas, including Nucor and CMC and SDI in Columbus, Mississippi.  Scrap Price Bulletin assesses a broker buying price for prime grades of scrap including no. 1 busheling, no. 1 dealer bundles. Scrap Price Bulletin also assesses pricing for no. 1 and no. 2 heavy melting and plate and structurals, 5 ft. and under, shredded scrap and machine shop turnings

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St. Louis
Prices as of November 19, 2018
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars Low High
No. 1 hvy. melting 304.00 305.00
No. 2 hvy. melting 294.00 295.00
No. 1 busheling 379.00 380.00
No. 1 dealer bundles 374.00 375.00
No. 2 bundles 229.00 230.00
Shredded scrap 324.00 325.00
Machine shop turnings 179.00 180.00
Shoveling turnings 179.00 180.00
Cast iron borings 194.00 195.00
No. 1 RR hvy. melting 359.00 360.00
Plate and structurals, 5 ft. and under 309.00 310.00
Unstripped motor blocks 299.00 300.00

Market Reports

Chicago, St. Louis markets up another $30

By Bill Beck - January 13, 2020

When Detroit mills quickly settled early last week at up $30 across the board from December prices, there was some concern that Chicago mills might hold out for a $20 premium to December pricing. But by late last Tuesday, mills from Iowa and Nebraska south to the Ohio River had all fallen in line with the $30 increase, the third double digit bump since last November.