Special Bar Quality Prices Ticked Up This Month on the Back of Higher Scrap Prices

Special Bar Quality prices ticked up this month on the back of higher scrap prices, with market participants seeing a steady course for the near future. AMM’s 1000 series hot-rolled bar price rose to $40.00/cwt ($800.00/per ton) on August 11. Prices for 4140 cold finished bar rose to $74.50/cwt ($1490.00/ton).

This comes after AMM’s No. 1 busheling price in Chicago climbed to $365 per gross ton in August, up 4.3 percent from $350 per gross ton. AMM

Federal Reserve Bank of New York Empire State Manufacturing Survey Reports General Business Conditions Index Highest Level in Three Years

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York released its Empire State Manufacturing Survey results and reports business activity in New York State grew strongly in August, according to firms responding to the survey. The headline general business conditions index climbed to its highest level in nearly three years.

US Raw Steel Production Rose Last Week

US raw steel production rose 1% last week as mills operated at an ACUR of 76.4%. In the corresponding week last year, mills operated at an ACUR of 70.8%. Thus far this year mills have produced prox 56,000,000 tons compared to the prox 54,000,000 tons produced in the like period last year.

The Conference Board Leading Economic Index for July Increased

The LEI for the US increased 0.3 percent in July, following a 0.6 percent June increase and a 0.3 percent May increase.

The US LEI improved in July suggesting the US economy may experience further improvements in economic activity in the second half of the year,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, Director of Business Cycles and Growth Research at the Conference Board. “The large negative contribution from housing permits, a reversal from June, was more than offset by gains in the financial indicators, new orders and sentiment.”

This is continued good news folks. Now, if the idiot legislators we hired in Washington would get off their collective asses and do something positive for the American people, like supporting President Trump’s agenda, instead of obstructing, resisting and wasting their time on nonsense trying to take him down, we could really kick our economic engine into gear.

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia August 2017 Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey Reports Advancing Manufacturing Conditions

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia released its August 2017 Manufacturing Business Outlook survey and reports manufacturing conditions in the region continued to advance in August, according to firms responding to the survey. The diffusion index for general activity fell slightly but continued to reflect growth. There was a notable improvement in the new orders and shipments indexes and overall employment expansion continued among reporting firms.

Charlottesville Protests

In my view, the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia was not called for and has no place in the USA. I am reading that there were several “groups” involved including: KKK, White Nationalists, White Supremacists, Black Lives Matter, ANTIFA and others on the “left”. The First Amendment gives us the right to free speech, NOT violence in support of conflicting views.

I am against the removal of Confederate Monuments; the Confederate flag etc., for these are part of our history as a nation and you cannot nor should not attempt to erase history. The “white” people (as the media labels them) were there to protest the removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee and other Confederates who made history in our country. If you remove a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, or anyone else you consider to be racist (Washington, Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt), should you not also remove the memorials to Harriet Tubman Jones? Rosa Parks? Martin Luther King?

The racial divide in our country is promoted and encouraged by those on the left, though they constantly blame conservatives for being racist. Fact is Democrats need a permanent underclass dependent on them for everything they need, so they foment division, promise to make it Christmas every day with more and more entitlements. It is nonsense aimed at getting votes, not helping the country or the American people.

CNN is reporting that President Trump is giving aid and comfort to Nazis the KKK and the other extreme right idiots but where is there a shred of evidence that he has done this? Because he said there was fault on both sides? These people weren’t fighting each other, so the president is correct. Again, all this racial bullshit is coming from the left to hide THEIR part in slavery and racism. The KKK was formed by Democrats, Southern slave owners were mostly or all Democrats. Why do they want to destroy our history? To hide the past and their part in it, that is why. DRAIN THE SWAMP

On Friday, Steve Bannon left his position at the White House after weeks and weeks of pressure from the Democrats. Nancy Pelosi is calling for the removal of all “remaining white supremacists from the White House staff.” What in the hell is going on in this country? This shit is simply insanity and how do the Democrats get away with this? Where is the outrage aside from this page?

Some left wing senator yesterday said the president needs to be assassinated. Are you kidding? A United States senator…and she still has her job! They are erasing our history; they are obstructing the president and hurting our country and the American people. This all of great concern to the well-being of the United States and no one on the news seems to be outraged or upset by the lies, innuendo and anti-American sentiment running rampant on the left. It sickens me to the core.

Infrastructure X (Keystone & Dakota pipelines) Regulation Reform XX 1 in 2 out
Individual Tax Reform Entitlement Reform
Business Tax Reform Education Reform X
Healthcare Reform X rollback begun Veterans Administration Reform X
Rebuild our Military X Trade Reform X
Secure our Borders (The Wall) XX Lead the world from the front XX
Help for the poor Drain the swamp X as we speak
Peace through unmatchable strength Support Israel X
Destroy ISIS X Extreme Vetting XX
Conservative Supreme Court nominees XX American Jobs XX

I will track these campaign promises and will check them off as each is accomplished adding those I have missed as they become apparent. This is quite an agenda and will be difficult to achieve all in one term but I believe the American people are behind him and know these things need to be done. Now, if he can get our legislators to support him instead of fighting him….


Have a great weekend…. God bless America!

Buy American made products whenever you can, it’s good for you, good for your friends and neighbors and good for our country.

If you are hiring…try to hire a veteran…. they are loyal, disciplined, hardworking…and they deserve our support.

By the way, if you wish to comment on my rants or offer any other insights you may have, you are encouraged to email me


In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American and nothing but an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag…We have room for but one language here and that is the English language…and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”