Producer Price Indexes of Sheet Steel, Aluminum, Plastic and Transportation

Sunday, March 19, 2017 5:03 PM Written by 
Published in Economy

Last Tuesday the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its series of producer price indexes (PPI), for more than 10,000 goods and materials. For an explanation of this program see the end of this piece. The latest release reported results through February. We run this analysis every three or four months to provide information for subscribers of any changes in the competitive position of steel against other materials and rail vs. truck transportation. The PPI data are helpful in monitoring the price direction of steel and steel products against competing materials and products.

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Peter Wright

Peter Wright is an Independent Contractor for Gerdau, Steel Market Update and the State of Wyoming. He is responsible for Steel Market Update's development and analysis of steel and economic indicators and is an instructor for SMU's Steel 101 Workshop. He has 50+ years of experience in the steel industry in metallurgy, quality engineering, sales and operations. He is nationally recognized as an expert on the long products market. Contact him at

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