Commodity market trends, pricing dynamics and insights into the construction raw materials supply chain

Real-time insights for the construction industry to keep projects profitable and competitive

The construction industry is critical in building a more sustainable future, with emerging trends set to reshape the industry and reallocate profits along the entire value chain. Fluctuating costs and unpredictable demand make it difficult to plan ahead, while there is an increasing emphasis on more energy-efficient designs and sustainable construction practices.

Stay up-to-date, make strategic decisions and tackle the disruptions of the construction industry head-on with Fastmarkets’ construction price data, construction industry forecasting, news and market analysis. Our construction customers get coverage for raw materials including:

  • Metals and mining: Steel, scrap and secondary metals and base metals including aluminium and copper
  • Forest products: Wood products including framing lumber and structural panels
How Fastmarkets helps the construction industry
As a construction industry market participant, you need market intelligence to guide your short- and long-term buying and selling strategies. Fastmarkets’ construction suite is designed to address the most pressing challenges around construction raw materials for contractors, material suppliers/distributors, designers and developers, including steel, scrap and wood products.

Cost volatility 

Fluctuating costs, unpredictable demand and evolving construction project priorities mean you need an agile management approach.

Fastmarkets’ market intelligence and price data for construction raw materials allows you to estimate costs more accurately, and diversify materials and suppliers to hedge against supply chain risk.  


Digital technologies for project planning, design and management are now more widespread than ever.

Fastmarkets helps construction professionals get transparency into construction materials and equipment pricing dynamics, as well as supply chain forecasts and analysis to aid data-driven decision-making. 


Sustainable construction practices and energy-efficient designs are expected to become a standard requirement, driven by regulations, client demands and a focus on lower carbon footprints. 

Fastmarkets gives construction market participants access to expert knowledge and updates to regulatory requirements. 

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Learn more about the products and services that make up Fastmarkets’ construction suite:

Market-reflective construction prices, even when markets are at their most volatile.

Commodities covered: Steel, wood products, scrap, base metals

Analysis of the forces moving your markets and how they’ll play out over the next 1-2 years.

Commodities covered: Steel, scrap, base metals, wood products

Breaking news and market coverage from price reports and analysts deeply embedded in the markets.

Commodities covered: Steel, wood products

The construction industry’s top prices
Steel,  aluminium, scrap, pine, as well as framing lumber and structural panel prices are some of the most popular prices for those working in the construction industry today. We assess the prices you see below and hundreds more prices on a daily or weekly basis depending on their liquidity.
Our metals price portfolio includes the main inputs for US steelmakers’ rebar melt, which is vital in construction.  We also provide price forecasts for the critical materials, including steel, scrap, base metals and wood products. Fastmarkets continues to evolve in response to market changes, with new green premiums in steel and aluminium to reflect the demand for carbon reduction in supply chains for these core materials.

Looking for a specific price? Search our database for one of our 5,500+ prices

Why Fastmarkets

Fastmarkets’ price data, news and analysis have been used by construction market participants for decades as a way to get transparency into construction materials and equipment pricing dynamics, aid in feasibility assessment and support project cost estimation.

You can also get supply chain analysis and forecasting, access insights into regional and global pricing trends and utilize Fastmarkets’ on-the-ground experts to understand pricing volatility and opacity in local construction markets. 

Why should you use Fastmarkets?

  • Fastmarkets has more than 100 years’ experience in analyzing and pricing commodity markets.
  • We hold benchmark prices in steel, aluminium, copper and many other key materials.
  • We’ve got more than 500 team members worldwide, with price reporters on the ground in key markets, as well as analysts and editorial teams who are researching and reporting on shifting market dynamics.  

Latest construction raw materials news

Our team of commodity market experts and price reporters provide weekly prices and market analysis for the construction industry.

Indonesia is preparing to invest more in its aluminium supply chain as part of its wider critical metals strategy, Fastmarkets understands

The recent volatility of wood product raw materials prices significantly impacts the US housing market, influencing both demand and supply in construction. With pressure mounting in the framing lumber and structural panel markets, the fluctuating cost of these essential materials creates a ripple effect affecting pricing, project timelines and ultimately the availability of new homes. […]

Market sentiment remain mixed on whether the investigation will impact aluminium prices and production

Chinese domestic authorities are in discussions to implement tighter targets on crude steel production across the country, in a bid to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, Fastmarkets understands

Aluminium premiums in all key regions remained well-supported in the week to Tuesday June 18, amid ongoing reports of tight availability, while market participants in Europe and Asia are focusing on ongoing negotiations for Japanese third-quarter supplies

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) ambitious plan to diversify away from oil and into metals will increase local nickel consumption and fund international mining projects, given recent massive investments in nickel-intense industries

Declining steel prices will likely dent US mills’ earnings across the board for the second quarter, Fastmarkets has learned from recent company guidance releases

The June construction startup of a new steel plant in Deacero’s complex in Ramos Arizpe, in the northeastern Mexican state of Coahuila, will position the company to meet future demand for lower-carbon steel nationally and abroad, a Fastmarkets analyst said on Monday June 17

Extreme weather phenomenon, including catastrophic hurricanes, is driving increasing adoption of metal roofing and therefore Galvalume, market participants said during a trade show in Florida

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Metal Bulletin • American Metal Market • Scrap Price Bulletin • Industrial Minerals • RISI • FOEX • The Jacobsen • Agricensus • Palm Oil Analytics • Random Lengths • FastMarkets and more