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’ price data, 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 commodity 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.

Despite auto manufacturers’ clear demand and willingness to pay a premium for green steel, understanding of the product varies widely in the industry, with larger OEMs like Ford, General Motors, and Volvo actively competing for its limited supply

Fastmarkets’ 2024 outlook for key raw materials and ingredients used in the production and distribution of fast-moving consumer goods

Weak demand continues to stem profitability and prevent capacity return in the European aluminium market, Norsk Hydro’s chief executives told Fastmarkets in an exclusive interview on Wednesday February 14.

The copper concentrate market was already tight, but the addition of major new smelting capacity this year – starting with the expansion of Freeport’s Gresik smelter in Indonesia — will likely mean maintenance breaks, capacity curtailments and potentially even closures while operating costs start to become untenable, Fastmarkets understands.

Major aluminium producers Alcoa, Rio Tinto and Century Aluminum have been accused of pocketing vast sums of money from the sale of aluminium products to the beverage industry in the US at inflated prices – and of potentially colluding to do so

A US Congressman has alleged that aluminium producers including Alcoa, Century Aluminum and Rio Tinto have engaged in anti-competitive price collusion by not offering duty-free aluminium to buyers in the country’s beverage industry

Amid record volumes of imports, the Brazilian paper industry has joined steelmakers in requesting up to 25% import tariffs for certain products, which has worried importers and end users. In the wake of the Brazilian steel sector’s pleas in 2023, the Brazilian Tree Industry Association (Ibá) requested on January 16 that the government increase import duties […]

Global primary aluminium premiums were mixed during the week to Tuesday February 7, mostly affected by weak spot demand and low activity in parts of Asia and in Brazil, while some markets remained supported amid growing tightness

Ferrous scrap prices in main Mexican markets dropped sharply in the week to Tuesday February 6 – their third consecutive weekly decrease – amid weak sentiment, Fastmarkets understands

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Fastmarkets combines the commodity intelligence of these familiar names:

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