Shanghai copper premiums hit nine-month highs

There was an air of optimism among copper participants attending a conference in the Chinese city of Qiqihar on Thursday September 5, with many there telling Fastmarkets they had heard deals and offers for copper cathode at higher levels than in recent weeks due to improving market fundamentals. The higher offers and deals for copper…

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 06/09: LME nickel price consolidates lower following fresh inflow; copper holds above $5,800/t

The three-month nickel price on the London Metal Exchange was lower during morning trading on Friday September 6, with upward momentum tempered by a fresh inflow of some 1,100 tonnes, while copper futures continued to find support above the $5,800-per-tonne support level. Recently trading at around $17,405 per tonne, nickel futures remain in a downtrend…

Aluminium scrap prices mixed in quiet US market

Some aluminium scrap prices in the United States slipped over the past week, with the majority unchanged from the previous week, due to muted market activity and a lack of demand, sources said on Thursday September 5. Fastmarkets’ assessment of the aluminium scrap non-ferrous auto shred (90% Al) buying price, delivered to Midwest secondary smelters, was at…

US secondary aluminium alloy prices, Nasaac sink

Secondary aluminium alloy prices fell across the board on Thursday September 5 due to diminishing demand in the United States, with the London Metal Exchange’s North American special aluminium alloy contract (Nasaac) also tumbling to a more than 10-year low. Fastmarkets’ assessment for aluminium alloy A380.1, delivered Midwest, was at 63-67 cents per lb on September…

EUROPE STAINLESS STEEL: Prices unchanged as poor demand counters high nickel costs

Stainless steel flat product prices in Europe remained unchanged this week with poor demand countering the effect of high nickel prices, sources told Fastmarkets on Friday September 6. Fastmarkets’ price assessment for stainless steel cold-rolled sheet, 2mm, grade-304, transaction domestic, delivered North Europe, was €2,300-2,350 ($2,539-2,594) per tonne on Wednesday, unchanged week on week. Distributors…

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 06/09: LME nickel spreads tighten on mild buying momentum; lead price finds support

The London Metal Exchange three-month nickel price closed higher on Friday September 6, with fresh buying momentum prompting the metal’s forward spreads to tighten, while a steady incline in lead futures led the metal to top afternoon gains. Volumes traded in nickel over the afternoon were moderate at 8,600 lots, while average daily turnover returned…

SteelAsia & HBIS Ink Deal for Batangas Plant

Philippines largest steelmaker, SteelAsia Manufacturing Corp has signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s HBIS Group Limited for their first integrated iron and steel facility in Lemery, Batangas. The two steel companies inked their deal here Friday during the Philippine-China Business Forum, a side event of President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to China. Under the MOU,…

Hebei Province’s Steel PMI Dips Further in August

According to Hebei Metallurgical Industry Association, the steel purchasing managers’ index for China’s Hebei province fell 0.4 basis points in August 2019 from the previous month to 47 points, the fourth consecutive monthly drop, indicating the underlying softness of China’s steel market. The sub-index for new orders in August dropped by 3.6 basis points on…

Brazil domestic rebar weakens in September as price increase fails

The domestic price for Brazilian steel rebar dropped for the fourth consecutive month in September, with apparent long steel consumption faltering, smaller producers increasing the discounts granted to customers, and ferrous scrap costs holding steady. Fastmarkets’ price assessment for steel reinforcing bar (rebar), domestic, monthly, delivered Brazil, was 2,125-2,300 Reais ($519-561) per tonne on September…