inedible fats and oils jumped 17.7 percent in November after declining 3.2 percent in the preceding month. Ethanol prices also turned up following decreases in the previous month, and the paper index moved up after no change in October.
Prices for materials for durable manufacturing fell 0.5 percent in November after moving down 0.1 percent in the previous month. Hot rolled steel sheet and strip prices dropped 14.8 percent following a 2.2-percent decrease a month earlier. The indexes for cold rolled steel sheet and strip; thermoplastic resins; hot rolled steel bars, plates, and structural shapes; and prepared paint turned down after advancing in October. The primary aluminum (except extrusion billet) index rose less than it had in the previous month. Alternatively, prices for aluminum mill shapes increased 2.5 percent following a 0.9-percent decrease in the preceding month. The index for secondary aluminum also turned up after falling in October, and prices for softwood lumber declined less in November compared with a month earlier.
The index for materials and components for construction fell 0.5 percent in November following a 0.2-percent decline in the previous month. Prices for steel mill products decreased 4.4 percent after advancing 0.5 percent in the prior month. The indexes for asphalt felts and coatings and for nonferrous wire and cable also turned down following increases in October. Prices for plastic construction products declined more than they had in the preceding month. By contrast, softwood lumber prices fell 1.6 percent after decreasing 6.8 percent a month earlier. The indexes for treated wood and for plywood turned up in November following declines in October. Millwork prices were unchanged after falling in the previous month.
Prices for containers were unchanged subsequent to a 0.3-percent advance in the preceding month. The index for paper, plastic, and foil bags turned down 0.5 percent after rising 1.1 percent a month earlier. Prices for paper boxes and containers were unchanged following increases in October. Conversely, the glass containers index rose 0.8 percent after declining 0.1 percent in the previous month.
More details, with charts, here. Economic indicators at MDM's Databank.