Monday, January 26, 2015

Today's Scrap Metal (and Junk Cars), Raleigh, NC, Current Prices Per pound for Copper, Aluminum, Durham, 27610, 919-828-5426

Today's Scrap Metal Prices

Recycling Prices Per Pound

In Raleigh, NC, Cary, NC, Durham, NC
Recycling Prices- 1/26/15
For Copper, Aluminum, Steel
Raleigh Recycling Center
Junk Yard, Salvage Yard
Raleigh Metal Recycling
2310 Garner Road
Raleigh, NC
-Outstanding Service
-Industrial Pick Up and Public Drop off
-11 Digital Scales to get you in and out-FAST!
-Junk Cars-We TOW, or you Drive in, or Tow in
Scrap Metal Copper Prices are down to the lowest level in years and we expect that within days, Steel will be down to new low levels.
As we see with Gasoline, metal prices are at multi year lows.
see below articles about what it going on with the economy and metal prices.

Raleigh Metal Recycling here in Raleigh, NC, is where always do our best to pay you the most for scrap metal every day.  We communicate 24/7 with you, our prices to make it easy for you. When you call our phone number 919-828-5426 and press 2, you will hear a recording with "Today's prices" where we buy and sell scrap metal at great prices per pound.  This is for:
-Steel Recycling
-Cast Iron Recycling
-Copper Recycling
-Yellow Brass Recycling
-Red Brass Recycling
-Aluminum Recycling
-Aluminum Can Recycling
-Appliance Recycling
-Computer Recycling
-Electronics Recycling
-Junk Cars
-Salvage Cars
-Stainless Steel Recycling
-Battery Recycling
-Cardboard Recycling
-and more.

NC Scrap Metal is always welcome at Raleigh Recycling
Raleigh Metal Recycling, Scrap Metal Prices per Pound

We continue to have a three part focus at Raleigh Recycling
1) Public (Drop off)-or we pick up Junk Cars
2) Industrial/Commercial customers
3) Demolition Customers
If you are a large Commercial, Industrial or Demolition company, call me, Greg at 919-828-5426 to discuss prices.  We can give you prices for scrap metal, Cardboard, Copper, Electronics, Computers and more.

Or for just Appliances Disposal, Appliance Pick Up or Junk Metal removal, just call Kenny at 919-348-0545!

An important part of our company is that we have 11 digital, NC State certified scales that we use to service our Industrial and Commercial Customers.  Almost double our closest competitor, meaning we get you in and out fast and with accuracy!  We are not just a Junk Yard or a Salvage Yard, or even a Scrap Yard.  We are a major Raleigh NC, Recycling Center.

Importantly, we sell direct to Steel mills or divisions of steel mills, not to middle men who take a commission, so we pass that savings on to you!  We even ship our steel out mostly by rail car (not trucks) to save money in shipping, which we pass on to you

JUNK CARS, Salvage Cars

-Junk Car Pick Up!-Get Cash on the spot
-Sell your junk car for cash
-Any condition, running or not running
-Keys or no keys, engine or no engine

-Call 919-758-3764 for
Junk Car Towing

2) Drive it in, or you tow it in!
-Get Cash on the spot
-Any condition
-In and out fast!
-Sell your junk car for cash
Come to us at:
Raleigh Metal Recycling
2310 Garner Road
Raleigh, NC 27610
Telephone- 919-828-5426

If you want to Junk my car for cash, and get cash for my junk car, call or come see us!

When in Raleigh, Durham, Apex, Butner, Cary, Chapel Hill, Clayton, Dunn, Garner, Henderson, Knightdale, Lumberton, Oxford, Mebane, Morrisville, Roxboro, Sanford, Smithfield, Wake Forest, Burlington, Fayetteville, Fuquay-Varina, come see us at:

Raleigh Recycling
2310 Garner Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27610

Tel 919-828-5426

When in Goldsboro, LaGrange, Kinston, Mt. Olive, Smithfield, New Bern, come see us at:

Goldsboro Recycling
801 N. John St.
Goldsboro, NC 27530

Tel: 919-731-5600 

When in Wilson, NC, Tarboro, NC, Rocky Mount, NC, come see us at:

Wilson Scrap Metal Recycling J & G
404 Maury Road S
Wilson, NC, 27892
Tel 252-243 3586
Greg Brown
Tel 919-828-5426


Scrap Metal Recycling

Junk Car Sell for cash, Junk Car Removal

Chinese copper scrap imports falls to the least in 10 years

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Bloomberg reported that China’s copper scrap imports fell to the least in ten years, tightening supply for smelters and signaling refined imports of the metal will continue rising.

According to General Administration of Customs data, total inbound shipments dropped 11% to 3.9 million tonne last year, the lowest since 2004. December imports rose for first time in three months to 366,534 tonne.

According to Mr Ian Roper, a commodity strategist at CLSA Limited, China’s purchases of refined copper from overseas climbed last year amid dwindling supplies of scrap, the feedstock for about one third of China’s copper production.

Mr Roper said before the figures were published that “As Chinese scrap-based smelters cut production, you will see China in the market buying more refined copper and that will ultimately turn the LME prices around. That’s what ultimately brings tightness to the market.”

According to customs data, inbound shipments of unwrought copper and products rose 7.4% to 4.83 million tonne. Copper on the London Metal Exchange has fallen 22% in the last 12 months and was at USD 5,612 a tonne in Hong Kong.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said that output of refined metal surged to a record last year as smelting capacity expanded amid ample ore supply from miners. Production climbed 14% to 7.96 million tonne.

Analysts including Mr Nicholas Snowdon at Standard Chartered Plc said in a report that “Tightness in scrap supply has boosted smelter demand for concentrate and downstream demand for cathode, contributing to China’s strong apparent demand for refined copper.”

Source - Bloomberg

U.S. Economy: A Sixth Straight Year of Growth?

2015 Economic Outlook

Blu Putnam
We are expecting another healthy year for the US economy. It is creating jobs at a robust pace. The Federal Reserve (Fed) has ended quantitative easing (QE), and is debating a potential short-term rate rise. The US federal budget is heading for near balance in FY-2016 and potentially a small surplus in FY-2017.
The regulatory uncertainty associated with the phased-in nature of the rule-making surrounding the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, is abating. And, the financial risks in the economy appear to be considerably lower than before the Great Recession of 2008-2009.
This positive view of the US economy is predicated on some key assumptions about the state of the world economy. While low inflation and possible deflation will remain on the radars of major central banks, the concerns over global growth are overrated. Low inflation is not always a sign of weak economic demand, especially in a period of booming commodity supplies.
Europe was held back in 2014 by a lack of credit growth as banks cleaned up their balance sheets ahead of the European Central Bank (ECB) stress tests. With these tests now in the rearview mirror, a better functioning credit market may allow for 1.0% to 1.5% real GDP growth in the Eurozone. Currently, there is a lot of attention on Greece, which has some risks. This situation bears careful watching, but its bark is loud and economic importance small.
Japan posted back-to-back quarters of real GDP contraction in 2014 after raising the national sales tax in April. The lagged impact of the sales tax hike is mostly over, and the positive effects from a depreciated yen and lower oil prices suggest 1% to 2% real GDP growth in 2015.
Of the major emerging market countries, China is still decelerating and real GDP growth of less than 7% is likely in 2015. India is on a stronger growth path given the reforms of their new government. Some incremental improvement in growth in Mexico and Brazil seems likely as well, although they are likely to remain well below their longer-term potential growth rates.
The countries that are most negatively impacted by low oil prices, including Russia, Norway, Nigeria, Venezuela, Iraq and Iran, are not particularly meaningful for the global economic picture. We view a low commodity price environment, from energy to metals to agriculture, as a positive factor for global growth because we see this development as much more supply driven than reflective of global demand challenges. Canada will see lower growth, and some oil producing countries may experience a recession in 2015, overall, however, the global economy will remain in a moderate growth mode, not the exceptional expansion of the 2002-2007 period. All-in-all, the glass seems more than half full, even if the global economy is unlikely to return to the go-go period for emerging markets prior to the financial panic of 2008 and the Great Recession in the mature economies.

A. US Real GDP Outlook

Our base case scenario has the US economy getting into the 3% real GDP territory in 2015. As 2014 started, we thought the 3% mark could be exceeded in calendar 2014 (“US Economy: Solid Momentum Entering 2014, 6 January 2014), but the incredibly difficult winter of Q1/2014 eliminated that possibility. Nevertheless, the bounce-back from the winter of Q1/2014 was strong, and the US economy is now on a 3%-plus real GDP growth track. And, our year ago projection of an unemployment rate below 6% by Q4/2014 was on target.
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There are risks on both the upside and downside of this base case scenario. Most of the downside potential emanates from international factors. There are always geo-political tensions, and should any events escalate these tensions more broadly, global growth prospects, including US growth, could be negatively impacted. China also remains an economy on the watch list. The deceleration of economic growth is a natural consequence of the country’s success and modernization, such that heyday decades of 10% annual growth are now receding into the past. A negative development for our base case would be if the growth deceleration evolved into something much more severe, taking Chinese real GDP growth much lower and more quickly than currently anticipated.
On the upside, the biggest risk remains that general market and economic expectations are too pessimistic. We have made this same point in past years, and while fears generated by the Great Recession are receding, we still believe that certain mature economies, in general, and the US economy, in particular, could outperform even our more optimistic views. There is also a risk in our base scenario that we are underestimating the positive contribution from sharply lower crude oil prices. Our view is that consumers will save money on transportation and heating costs, and spend those savings on discretionary items, which will give a boost to consumer confidence but not result in all that much of an increase in total retail spending. In any case, we would argue that the risk of falling back into recession is very low, and the upside and downside risks to our US base case are relatively well balanced.

Robust Labor Market

One of the less appreciated positive factors in the US economy’s expansion since the Great Recession of 2008-2009 has been job creation in the private sector. Private sector job creation has been robust since 2010 and picked up speed in 2014. Over the past few years, there have been so many analysts and pundits putting forth a pessimistic view on job creation that market expectations are only now catching up with the sheer magnitude of what the US private sector has accomplished despite some powerful headwinds that include a stagnant Europe, decelerating growth in China, weak growth in many emerging market countries, fiscal austerity in the US at the federal level since 2010, and severe cutbacks in US state and local governments which only ended in mid-2013. Indeed, the five years (2010-2014) of continuous economic expansion produced a net increase of more than 10 million jobs.
Sometimes the most positive factor for an economy can be the elimination of a major source of drag. That was the case for the US jobs market in 2014. There was a net loss of over 850,000 jobs in the government sector from 2010 through mid-2013. While some government jobs were lost in the years immediately after the 1980-1982 double-dip recession, more typically there was some government job growth in the recovery period. This time around, there were special circumstances prevailing in the government sector. The 2002-2006 economic expansion was largely driven by a real estate market fueled by the Greenspan-Fed and lax regulation of sub-prime mortgage lenders. Since state and local governments often receive considerable revenues from property taxes, these were boom years and there was strong job growth in the government sector. With the collapse of housing prices in 2007-2009, state and local governments saw revenues decline and needed to make significant cutbacks in services and staffing. This deleveraging process finally ended in the summer of 2013. So with a major headwind eliminated, job growth for the whole economy accelerated in 2014.
The result of the strong net job growth has been a steadily declining unemployment rate. With the jobless rate below 6% during Q4/2014, the economy has moved below the average unemployment rate of 6.2% that has prevailed for the last 40 years, since the mid-1960s.
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All this good news for the US labor market has not stopped many analysts, including Fed Chair Janet Yellen, from worrying about the pace of the economic recovery. We have written about this extensively in the past (see “The Yellen Fed and US Labor Market Dynamics”, 16 June 2014).
We would note, though, that one of the most discussed concerns -- the falling rate of labor market participation -- is not something new or merely brought on by the financial crisis of 2008 or the Great Recession that ensued. Labor market participation rates peaked back in January 2000, 15 years ago. From our perspective, the declining labor market participation rate reflects a myriad of structural factors, none of which are within the realm of the Fed to influence. Namely, older workers are more plentiful with the aging demographic trend and some of them are choosing to leave the labor force earlier than usual. Younger millennials are often involved in entrepreneurial pursuits in greater numbers than previous generations and may not always be counted as being in the labor force. Working-age people are taking advantage of improved disability coverage and some have left the labor force. These structural issues need to be better understood and examined. There may be legislative reforms that could reverse or stall the declining trend, but Fed policies from QE to zero rates are unlikely to make any difference at all.
Another labor market concern of the Yellen-Fed has been the lack of growth in hourly wages. Indeed, a reading of the speeches of some of the Fed Governors and regional Fed Presidents suggests that they hold to the view that a pickup in hourly wage growth will be a predictor of future inflationary pressure. This view found some empirical support in the late 1960s and inflationary 1970s, but the relationship between wage growth and inflation has been totally elusive in the last 20 years.
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Our perspective is that a growing economy eventually leads to the acceleration of wage growth, but with a substantial lag, which works both ways. The impact of a recession appears in decelerating hourly wage growth for a number of years into the economic expansion. Because the Great Recession was particularly deep and also marked by substantial deleveraging in the consumer, business, and government sectors in the post-recession period, hourly wage growth deceleration did not end until 2012 and the subsequent acceleration has been slow. Even though some further acceleration of wage growth is likely in 2015, we would not expect this to result in any material inflationary pressure measured by the core consumer price index.

Sustained Low Inflation Environment

Indeed, given the robust health of the job creation process, the main reason the Fed has not yet decided whether or when to raise short-term rates and abandon the near-zero federal funds rate policy is the muted inflation pressure and the fact that the measured core inflation rate remains below the 2% long-term objective of the Fed. What is critical to appreciate, however, is that the US core inflation rate has been in the 1.0% to 2.5% range for over two decades. Sustained low inflation is not a new post-recession trend; it has been the prevailing pattern ever since the early 1990s. Despite a tech boom and bust, a housing boom and bust, and now five years of sustained economic expansion, core inflation has been in a very tight zone, especially when compared with the previous period, 1967-1993, which saw much higher average inflation with over four times the volatility.
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For 2015, external forces such as lower commodity prices led by crude oil, and the lagged impacts of the US dollar’s appreciation in 2014 against the Japanese yen, euro, and most emerging market currencies, are likely to mean that core inflation remains below 2%. The policy question for the Fed remains, however, whether a near-zero federal funds rate target is appropriate even for a low inflation economy that has reeled-off five consecutive years of positive real GDP growth and has a robust job creation record.

The Rate-Rise Debate Within the Fed

From where we sit at the start of 2015, we have the Fed’s balance sheet at $4.5 trillion after several massive rounds of QE. This is roughly a quarter of nominal GDP, and compares with an $800 billion Fed balance sheet in the years before the Great Recession. With the Yellen-Fed officially ending QE in October 2014, 2015 is poised to be the year of the Rate Rise Debate in the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) and among market participants.
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A look back at the history of the federal funds rate (and short-term rates in general) suggests that keeping short-term rates below the prevailing rate of core inflation is highly unusual. Economic theory would suggest that a more balanced policy where short-term rates are anchored around the core inflation rate would still be classified as an accommodative policy, although not as accommodative as the negative real short-term rate policy in effect for the last five years.
With this sense of historical context, five years of economic expansion, and robust job growth, our view is that during 2015, and possibly sooner rather than later, the Fed’s FOMC will decide to abandon its near-zero short-term rate policy and decide to push short-term rates upward to be more or less equal to the prevailing core rate of inflation. As we have suggested above, this would still be characterized as an accommodative policy. Indeed, we think the signaling effect, namely that the economy is strong enough not to need emergency-induced zero rates, will actually contribute positively to consumer confidence. Moreover, a move to push short-term rates up to the core inflation rate will eliminate the tax (i.e., negative real short-term rates) on substantial classes of savers which may also prove a positive factor for the US economy.
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We want to note a couple of details that might be important for analyzing the debate surrounding a potential Fed rate-rise decision. First, before raising its target range for the federal funds rate, the Fed may well choose to stop re-investing the interest and principal it receives on its holdings of mortgage-backed securities and US Treasuries. An announcement to this effect would be a strong signal of a rate rise coming soon. Second, when/if the rate-rise decision is actually made, the step-by-step, 25 basis-point-increments approach of the Greenspan Fed may be rejected for a more rapid shift. That is, if the objective is to get from near-zero to a target federal funds range of 1.00% to 1.25%, this might be accomplished in one big well-advertised leap, or in just two steps instead of four. The logic is that once the FOMC decides on a rate move, it might as well do it quickly and eliminate the meeting-to-meeting uncertainty of an drawn-out incremental process. And finally, the federal funds market is quite different than it once was before QE. The Fed’s balance sheet is so large that there is over $2 trillion of excess reserves. So, directly managing the target federal funds rate range with repurchase activities may no longer be possible. More likely, the Fed will signal the new range with a statement about federal funds, but enforce the new range by raising the rate of interest it pays on excess reserves, now at 0.25% annually. We estimate that a rate of interest on excess reserves of 1.25% would approximately imply a federal funds rate of about 1.10% without the need for repurchase operations.

Approaching Federal Budget Balance

While we have given priority to an examination of monetary policy, fiscal policy is worth several comments. The last year of President Bush’s Administration witnessed the financial crisis, which led to Treasury Secretary Paulson proposing and the US Congress authorizing a $1 trillion emergency spending program. This money was largely spent in 2009 when the federal budget deficit as a percent of nominal GDP rose to about 10%.
Since the spending surge in 2009, which was also accompanied by a sharp drop in tax receipts due to the Great Recession, gridlock in the US Congress has meant no new expenditure programs. In each year from 2010, with the moderate growth in real GDP, there has been even higher growth in federal receipts. Holding expenditures nearly flat for five years with growing receipts has meant a very rapid reduction in the federal budget deficit, from -10% of GDP in FY-2009, to about -3% in FY-2014. And we now project near balance in FY-2016, and a very small surplus in FY-2017. Of course, after the Presidential elections of FY-2016 and a newly elected US Congress as well, the budget might take a different path, should the voting public send a message that gridlock is not the way forward. We would, therefore, not hold much confidence that the years of a balanced budget would extend beyond FY-2017.
We also want to point out that the reduction in the budget deficit from -10% of GDP in FY-2009 to a projected very small surplus in FY-2017 represents a very tight fiscal policy stance. The idea that monetary policy can be used to offset fiscal policy is overrated in our view, and this makes the performance of the US economy over the last five years even more impressive.

US Treasury Securities and Equity Markets – A Whiff of Volatility

Our concluding thoughts revolve around prospective developments in the longer-term market for US Treasury securities. Absent an inflation shock, as observed in the 1970s, or a massive asset purchase program from the Fed similar to the Bernanke-Fed’s QE operations, it is very unusual for 10-year US Treasury yields to dip below the core rate of inflation. That is, barring highly unusual circumstances, there is likely to be a premium in 10-year Treasury note yields relative to the prevailing rate of core inflation. In the 1970s, market participants were regularly surprised by upward inflationary pressure, so 10-year yields lagged the rate of inflation, making for a smaller premium. In the 1980s and into the early 1990s, the surprise was the rapid deceleration of inflation, and so the premium in yields relative to inflation was quite wide, narrowing slowly as inflation expectations became more stable.
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The end of QE in 2014 and the debate about Fed rate policy in 2015 is likely to lead to a little more volatility in both the short end of the yield curve and the long end. The sustained period of near-zero short-term rates plus the Fed’s asset buying programs helped to take volatility out of the yield curve. Some volatility is returning to the markets. We would note, however, that so long as core inflation is between 1% and 2% and the volatility of inflation expectations is at very low levels, we do not think bond market volatility will go above its former historical norms.
Equity markets will also be impacted by the return of some modest volatility to bond markets. The larger driver for increased equity market volatility, however, comes from the low inflation rate. Sustained low inflation implies a lack of pricing power by companies, and that in turn implies relatively low, although positive, earnings growth. 5% or 6% earnings growth would be a good performance for a 1% to 2% core inflation economy in the sixth year of an economic expansion, but earnings growth in the mid-single digits is a prescription for equity market volatility.
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