Market Update | June 15, 2022



The 12-month increase for energy prices came in at 34.6%, the largest increase since September 2005. Additionally, oil is now hovering over $120 a barrel with the average diesel price of $5.73 a gallon, and gasoline price of $5.01 a gallon, both setting all-time highs.


Input Costs

After a flat reading last week, zinc pricing softened further this week.

    • Zinc pricing is currently at $1.68/lb, however zinc remains historically elevated on tight availability and increasing energy prices in Europe.


Spot iron ore pricing decreased slightly this week after climbing the previous four weeks.

    • Spot iron ore pricing came in at $140.00/mt, up 12% m/m but still 25% below prior year levels.


Pacific Basin met coal pricing continues to soften as well, sliding for the third consecutive week.

    • Current pricing is at $378.50/mt, the lowest level since early January.

    • Despite the drop, pricing is still up 150% from this time last year.


Energy prices continue to skyrocket with oil hovering over $120/barrel.

    • Average diesel and gasoline prices continue to set all-time highs at $5.73/gallon and $5.01/gallon, respectively.




Domestic raw steel production increased slightly last week after dropping the previous week, now up five out of the last six weeks.

    • U.S. steelmakers produced 1.784 million tons at an 81.7% utilization rate.
    • Cliff’s outage at No5 blast furnace in Cleveland is also expected to go longer than initially anticipated.
    • The outage is reportedly expected to last into Q3 and resume operations at the end of July.




Shipments of HVAC equipment slipped in April after climbing the previous two months.

    • HVAC equipment shipments totaled a 2.053 million units in April, down 9.0% from March and down 3.6% from 2.129 million units in April 2021.

    • This is only the second year-over-year decline in shipments in the last six months.



Prices paid by consumers continued to climb in May and remain at their highest level since December 1981.

  • The Consumer Price Index increase 1.0% in May and up a sharp 8.6% compared to May 2021.
  • The increase was seen nearly across the board, with prices for shelter, gasoline, and food seeing the largest increases.

  • The 12-month increase for energy was 34.6%, the largest increase since September 2005.
  • The largest increases to the CORE-CPI were increased prices for shelter, airline fares, and vehicles, both new and used.
  • The Federal Reserve is expected to hike rates 0.75% next week to combat inflation.






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