Base metal stocks Articles

GULF STEEL BILLET, REBAR: Prices stable, demand moderate

July 08, 2020 / Staff reporter

Prices for steel rebar and billet in the United Arab Emirates were stable this week due to only limited demand, sources told Fastmarkets on Tuesday July 7.Domestic rebarUAE local mills were offering rebar at 1,770-1,774 dirhams ($482-483) per tonne ex-works, unchanged since late June.Fastmarkets' weekly price assessment for steel reinforcing bar (rebar), domestic, exw UAE, was 1,770-1,773 dir...Read More

CHINA REBAR: Domestic prices rise amid steelmaking inspections

July 08, 2020 / Staff reporter

China's domestic rebar prices moved up on Tuesday July 7 on gains in the futures and billet markets fueled by concerns over how strict local authorities are in implementing production restrictions in the country's steelmaking hub of Tangshan.Domestic Eastern China (Shanghai): 3,530-3,560 yuan ($503-507) per tonne, up by 10-30 yuan per tonneMarket sources told Fastmarkets that local authorities in...Read More

DAILY STEEL SCRAP: Prices steady on low demand but more bookings likely

July 08, 2020 / Staff reporter

Turkish steel producers continued to hold back from the deep-sea scrap markets on the second working day of the week because of the soft markets for finished long steel products, sources said on Tuesday July 7.Steel mills in Turkey booked five deep-sea cargoes in the second half of last week, totalling around 140,000 tonnes.But they were still expected to book more cargoes for August shipments, ac...Read More

IRON ORE DAILY: Seaborne prices increase on futures markets gains

July 08, 2020 / Staff reporter

Seaborne iron ore prices stayed bullish on Tuesday July 7, largely following the upward trend observed in the futures market, sources told Fastmarkets.Fastmarkets iron ore indices 62% Fe fines, cfr Qingdao: $103.01 per tonne, up $1.77 per tonne.62% Fe low-alumina fines, cfr Qingdao: $105.31 per tonne, up $1.32 per tonne.58% Fe fines high-grade premium, cfr Qingdao: $91.84 per tonne, up $2.03 per t...Read More

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 5 key stories from July 7

July 08, 2020 / Staff reporter

Here are five Fastmarkets stories you might have missed on Tuesday July 7 that are worth another look.Protests on July 7 halted road freight transportation in South Africa.Steel plate prices in the United States weakened after the segment was hit by persistently slow end markets, and some mills were willing to capitulate in deal-making to book tonnage in the final days of the second quarter.China...Read More

WEEKLY BASE METAL PREMIUMS REPORT: 07/07

July 08, 2020 / Staff reporter

A summary of base metals premiums from across the globe for the week to Tuesday July 7.Please click...Read More

Trade log: Cobalt alloy grade, in-whs Rotterdam, $/lb

July 08, 2020 / Staff reporter

The cobalt alloy grade, in-whs Rotterdam trade log including business, bids and offers reported to Fastmarkets. The cobalt alloy grade, in-whs Rotterdam trade log including business, bids and offers reported to Fastmarkets. Fastmarkets publishes trades logs for its key price assessments and indices to bring more transparency into the markets...Read More

Trade log: Cobalt standard grade, in-whs Rotterdam, $/lb

July 08, 2020 / Staff reporter

The cobalt standard grade, in-whs Rotterdam trade log including business, bids and offers reported to Fastmarkets. The cobalt standard grade, in-whs Rotterdam trade log including business, bids and offers reported to Fastmarkets. Fastmarkets publishes trades logs for its key price assessments and indices to...Read More

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 5 key stories from July 7

July 08, 2020 / Staff reporter

Here are five Fastmarkets stories you might have missed on Tuesday July 7 that are worth another look.Protests on July 7 halted road freight transportation in South Africa.Steel plate prices in the United States weakened after the segment was hit by persistently slow end markets, and some mills were willing to capitulate in deal-making to book tonnage in the final days of the second quarter.China...Read More

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 07/07: LME lead price finds support; copper flips to contango

July 08, 2020 / Staff reporter

The three-month price of lead on the London Metal Exchange was at the top of the list of gains at the close of trading on Tuesday July 7, with the price appreciating by 1.5% to push above nearby resistance levels, while a continued rise in LME copper futures took the red metal to a six-month high.Lead's outright price on the LME closed at $1,828.50 per tonne on Tuesday afternoon, climbing from an...Read More

IRON ORE DAILY: Seaborne prices increase on futures markets gains

July 08, 2020 / Staff reporter

Seaborne iron ore prices stayed bullish on Tuesday July 7, largely following the upward trend observed in the futures market, sources told Fastmarkets.Fastmarkets iron ore indices 62% Fe fines, cfr Qingdao: $103.01 per tonne, up $1.77 per tonne.62% Fe low-alumina fines, cfr Qingdao: $105.31 per tonne, up $1.32 per tonne.58% Fe fines high-grade premium, cfr Qingdao: $91.84 per tonne, up $2.03 per t...Read More

COKING COAL DAILY: Seaborne prices flat on lack of market drivers

July 08, 2020 / Staff reporter

Seaborne coking coal prices remained relatively flat on Tuesday July 7 due to a lack of drivers for the market, sources said.Fastmarkets indicesPremium hard coking coal, fob DBCT: $113.86 per tonne, down $0.17 per tonne Premium hard coking coal, cfr Jingtang: $125.26 per tonne, down $0.16 per tonneHard coking coal, fob DBCT: $93.33 per tonne, unchangedHard coking coal, cfr Jingtang: $104.67 per to...Read More

RESEARCH: Key takeaways from the latest Steel Scrap, Metallics Market Tracker

July 08, 2020 / Staff reporter

The latest forecasts from Fastmarkets' team of analysts are ready to view.Judging by a recent webinar we conducted on Asian ferroalloys last week, many market participants believe the steel and steelmaking raw materials' world - outside of China - will record an 'L' shaped recovery, effectively failing to recover. With crude steel production outside of China falling close to a third in April and o...Read More

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 07/07: LME lead price finds support; copper flips to contango

July 08, 2020 / Staff reporter

The three-month price of lead on the London Metal Exchange was at the top of the list of gains at the close of trading on Tuesday July 7, with the price appreciating by 1.5% to push above nearby resistance levels, while a continued rise in LME copper futures took the red metal to a six-month high.Lead's outright price on the LME closed at $1,828.50 per tonne on Tuesday afternoon, climbing from an...Read More

PRICING NOTICE: Proposal to discontinue 5 precious metals price assessments

July 08, 2020 / Staff reporter

Fastmarkets proposes to discontinue five precious metals price assessments due to the limited liquidity of the markets in question and to focus on its core markets.The prices to be discontinued are as follows:Platinum min 99.9% Europe Free Market $ per troy oz in warehousePalladium min 99.9% Europe Free Market $ per troy oz in warehouseRhodium min 99.9% Europe Free Market $ per troy...Read More

GLOBAL ALUMINIUM WRAP: LME contango drives Rotterdam up; premiums stable elsewhere

July 08, 2020 / Staff reporter

The recent contango seen on aluminium cash-to-future spreads on the London Metal Exchange supported a limited uptrend in Europe during the week to Tuesday July 7, driving the Rotterdam duty-paid market higher, while premiums were unchanged in other parts of the world.Rotterdam uptrend capped by weaker demandMJP premiums steady as focus remains on quarterly negotiationsLimited spot liquidity keeps...Read More

Teck delays start of Red Dog shipping season; customers affected

July 08, 2020 / Staff reporter

Teck Resources has delayed the start of the Red Dog shipping season after equipment failure on one of its two barges forced the vessel out of service for about a month. The Vancouver, Canada-based company said that shipping from Red Dog will begin in around seven days with one barge operational and that repairs to the other barge will be completed in around four weeks."This will affect the timing...Read More

Brazilian alumina export growth slows to 4.6% y-o-y in June

July 08, 2020 / Staff reporter

Alumina exports from Brazil increased in June on an annual basis but at a reduced rate than in the previous months of this year, data from the country's economy ministry on Monday July 6 showed. Brazilian alumina exports totaled 679,914 tonnes in June, a 4.6% year-on-year increase from 650,229 tonnes. When compared with May figures, however, exports fell by 12.8% from 779,694 tonnes. The lower exp...Read More

China copper smelter Dongying Fangyuan misses bond payment

July 08, 2020 / Staff reporter

A regulatory filing has shown that Dongying Fangyuan missed the payment of a bond that reached its maturity eight months ago.The biggest private copper smelter in China said on July 6 that it is still in the process of repaying the principal payment and the interest for its bond named '16 Fangyuan 01', which is numbered 136807, according to its filing to the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE). The bond...Read More

First Quantum to resume full production at Cobre Panama copper project

July 08, 2020 / Staff reporter

First Quantum Minerals is to resume production at its Cobre Panama copper project after Panama's government lifted its Covid-19 suspension of operations at the site. The Panama copper project is expected to reach full capacity by mid-August, the Toronto, Canada-listed company said. A phased increase in personnel is expected to take output to an annualized throughput rate of 85...Read More