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Hedging Our Bets

The roller coaster we call the scrap metal market continues to live up to its reputation of being unpredictable to say the least.  Whether it is tariffs, NAFTA, interest rates, international trade issues or simply a strike at a copper mine in Chile, these global events are having a major impact on our metal markets – both ferrous and non-ferrous.  Its important that you can work with a partner that can educate you about the markets and give you the tools to help make the best decisions for your company’s recycling needs.  Joseph & Company is this type of company to partner with you. 

 

We believe that working with a recycler doesn’t need to a zero-sum game with one party winning at the other party’s expense.  Our unique approach to marketing your scrap material means that we will be a partner in ensuring we are marketing your scrap for the best prices and we have the tools to ensure that your getting consistent value, especially in volatile markets. 

 

If you’re a generator of scrap and would like to learn more about our approach to recycling and marketing your scrap metal, give us a call and find out why we are the region’s recycler of choice.

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What the Trump is Going On?

So I dusted off my old economics text books from my days at McMaster to find out what a tariff is and what this means to our scrap metal industry.  Needless to say, beyond the basic definition of ‘tax’ and the resulting ‘trade wars’ that these decisions generally make, I didn’t come away with a text book answer of what to expect in the upcoming weeks and months.

 

This climate is new territory for many of us and I do not think that our consumers (mills) have an answer for what this means on their business climate.  Quite frankly, I do not think that industry expected ‘Section 232’ to result in Canadian/US tariffs.  What we do know, is that at 12:01 on June 1, tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% aluminum imports took effect.

 

We are expecting this summer to be a roller coaster as our mills and our suppliers find out how these tariffs will be affecting their business.  We will be keeping our fingers on the pulse and ensure that we are able to get the best markets for your scrap material – regardless of what is going on in the market place.

 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!


Amichai Tsarfati

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Stainless Steel Market update May 2018

With spring and comes change and it appears that change, or at least a shift, in the metals market is underway. 

 

Nickel and chromed based scrap materials are starting to face headwinds that defy the LME and business fundamental – and seem to be more based on trade wars.

 

I would suggest that this will likely be played out with other base metals as well as the tariff negotiations between the USA and the world play out.

 

In short, we are beginning to feel a slight chill in the pricing in the past few days as compared to a few weeks ago, as this AMM article is suggesting.  Nothing to cause anyone to jump out of a window, but certainly, history has shown me that trends are your friend and if the pendulum swings a new direction, it may overshoot until it finds its new balance.

 

We will keep on eye on the market and ensure that we are able to get strong pricing for your scrap material.  However, as we see market changes, we like to keep our suppliers and friends in loop.

 

Of course, if there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

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Ferrous (Steel) Market Update - April 27, 2018

Happy Friday! 

 

What a difference a week makes – last week we were experience mid-winter weather and based on my phone’s weather app, we may be breaking 20 degrees next week!

 

With spring comes the eventual market pricing ‘corrections’ in the ferrous world.  Based on the headline in today’s American Metal Market, May looks to be a softer month for steel pricing.  Although the article references US based mills, what happens south of the border influences what happens here. 

 

Per American Metal Market's article, we are now anticipating an adjustment of $10 - $25 on most ferrous prices for May.  This still means that ferrous pricing is exceptionally strong – however, if you are using numbers for quoting purposes, I would suggest that you make some adjustments for next month downward. 

 

Naturally, if you have any questions on the market, please reach out.  We likely will not get firm numbers until the second week of May, but we will get better guidance from our consumers over the next week or so.

 

If you are looking to set up a recycling program or need some more information, don't hesitate to give us a call! We are here to help you!

 

Enjoy the weekend and the summer weather next week.

 

Cheers!

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Metal Prices Continue to Defy Gravity

A brief market snapshot for April 2018, as the head line suggests, is that still pays to recycle your scrap metal with Joseph & Company!

 

The stock market has been all over the place the past few weeks with the news of trade wars and Nafta negotiation.  But a stable part of the market, for all the market noise, is base metal pricing.

 

As the April ferrous (steel) market settles, it looks like scrap steel prices are staying strong for another month! 

 

Non-ferrous metals, such as copper, brass and aluminum, have softened from their recent highs, but are still at great prices. 

 

Give us a call to find out what we can offer you for your scrap metal. 

 

I’m sure that you will be pleased with the prices and service that we can off you or your business.

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