The Gerdau Market Update tracks and analyzes over 100 data streams that affect long steel consumption, attempting to provide the latest on market trends. Below, you will find the most recent information about Macroeconomics, Steel Econometrics, Construction and Manufacturing as it becomes available.

Architectural Billings Index

June 20th, 2018|Comments Off on Architectural Billings Index

May’s ABI national overall score of 52.8 was up 0.8 points from April’s 52.0 but still in the expansionary zone, (>50). U.S. architecture firms with emphasis on commercial and/or institutional specialization reported exceptional strong billings. [...]

Currency Report

June 13th, 2018|Comments Off on Currency Report

The dollar Broad Index posted a reading of 97.95 for May, up 2.7% month on month. On a twelve moving average, (12MMA) year on year, (y/y) comparison, the dollar was down 1.6% against the Broad [...]

Producer Price Index for Construction

June 13th, 2018|Comments Off on Producer Price Index for Construction

The May Bureau of Labor Statistics producer prices index, (PPI), all commodities PPI, rose 1.6% for the highest m/m gain since January 2017. On a 12 month year on year, (y/y) comparison, the all commodities [...]

Portland Cement Shipments

June 13th, 2018|Comments Off on Portland Cement Shipments

U.S. national Portland cement shipments in March totaled 7.935 million, (Mt) short tons. For the three months total (3MMT), ending March, cement shipments were up 2.8% year on year, (y/y). Figure 1 presents a map [...]

Employment by Industry

June 13th, 2018|Comments Off on Employment by Industry

In May there were good gains in both construction and manufacturing. The total number of seasonally adjusted (SA), non-farm people employed in the U.S. in May was 148.662 million (M), a relatively flat increase of [...]

­­U.S. Steel Capacity Utilization

June 11th, 2018|Comments Off on ­­U.S. Steel Capacity Utilization

The total tonnage for the week ending June 9th was 1,753 million tons, (Mt) at a capacity utilization rate of 74.8%. For the first 23 weeks of 2018, total tonnage output was 40,567 Mt, at [...]