Base metal stocks Articles

Freeport beats revised Q2 copper sales forecast by 8%

July 07, 2020 / Staff reporter

Freeport-McMoRan has beaten its revised copper sales target for the second quarter of this year by 8%, although its Cerro Verde and El Abra operations continue to operate in line with forecasts modified in April due to the Covid-19 pandemic.In April, the company amended its second-quarter copper sales forecast to 690 million lb or 313,000 tonnes. Before the pandemic, the company had forecast total...Read More

Brazilian car output down 58% in June on slow reopening, Anfavea says

July 07, 2020 / Staff reporter

Brazilian vehicle manufacturers' association Anfavea recorded a 57.5% year-on-year decrease in production during June 2020, with plants still reopening from temporary idle periods while they readjusted to the fall in demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it said on Monday July 6.Output totaled 98,708 units in June, down from 233,150 units a year before. But it was up by 129% from 43,080 units produ...Read More

CIS STEEL SLAB: Prices stable on limited offers, sales to Asia

July 07, 2020 / Staff reporter

Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) export slab prices remained unchanged over the week, with offers to foreign customers being limited because some mills were in no hurry to sell their allocations, sources said.Fastmarkets' weekly price assessment for steel slab, export, fob Black Sea, CIS was $370-375 per tonne on July 6, unchanged week on week.A large cargo of Russia-origin slab was, howev...Read More

RUSSIA REBAR: Prices supported by improved demand

July 07, 2020 / Staff reporter

Domestic steel rebar prices in Russia's Central Federal District around Moscow were broadly stable in the week to Monday July 6, supported by good demand, sources told Fastmarkets on Monday July 6.Demand for rebar in the region was good over the assessment week, but still slower than last July, sources said."Volumes are healthy, construction is performing well, but we are still below the levels of...Read More

EUROPE HRC: Northern European prices up but mills seek further rises

July 07, 2020 / Staff reporter

Domestic transaction prices for hot-rolled coil in Northern Europe inched upward day on day on Monday July 6 with steelmakers insisting on further price rises, sources have told Fastmarkets."The mills are stubborn when it comes to price negotiations [and are] targeting higher prices. And the prices have been slowly moving up," a Northern European distributor said.Fastmarkets' daily steel hot-rolle...Read More

RUSSIA FLAT STEEL: Prices widen on higher mill offers

July 07, 2020 / Staff reporter

Domestic sheet steel prices in Russia's Central Federal district around Moscow widened upward in the week to Monday July 6 due to higher offers from producers, although buying activity remained moderate, sources told Fastmarkets on Monday.Trading activity in the flat steel markets in the region was moderate because most buyers had enough material in stock. But producers remained bullish and intend...Read More

FOCUS: Deadly China-India border clash spills over into steel

July 07, 2020 / Staff reporter

A deadly border clash which began in the cold and windy highlands of Ladakh, in northeastern Kashmir, has spilled over into steel trading between China and India.The market has been rife with chatter indicating that India will stop importing Chinese steel substrate, or that it will stop sending steel cargoes to Chinese buyers which had been actively purchasing India-origin hot-rolled coil (HRC) an...Read More

Brazilian ferrous scrap exports up 1.7% in June amid tumbling domestic demand

July 07, 2020 / Staff reporter

Brazilian ferrous scrap exports increased 1.7% in June, compared to the same month in 2019, due to lower domestic consumption that has lead to yards shipping more material to South Asia, data from the country's ministry of economy showed on Monday July 6.The country exported 76,649 tonnes of ferrous scrap last month, up from 75,344 tonnes a year before. Bangladesh, India and Pakistan were the main...Read More

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

July 07, 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

IRON ORE DAILY: Seaborne prices rise on active trading

July 07, 2020 / Staff reporter

Iron ore prices rose again on Monday July 6 amid active trading in the seaborne and futures markets. Fastmarkets iron ore indices 62% Fe fines, cfr Qingdao: $101.24 per tonne, up $0.59 per tonne. 62% Fe low-alumina fines, cfr Qingdao: $103.99 per tonne, up $0.99 per tonne. 58% Fe fines high-grade premium, cfr Qingdao: $89.81 per tonne, up $0.26 per tonne. 65% Fe Brazil-ori...Read More

COKING COAL DAILY: Seaborne premium prices edge down; sentiment turns negative

July 07, 2020 / Staff reporter

Seaborne premium hard coking coal prices edged down on Monday July 6, with no transactions heard and market sentiment turning negative. Fastmarkets indicesPremium hard coking coal, fob DBCT: $114.03 per tonne, down $0.57 per tonne Premium hard coking coal, cfr Jingtang: $125.42 per tonne, down $0.08 per tonneHard coking coal, fob DBCT: $93.33 per tonne, up $0.50 per tonneHard...Read More

Prices for seaborne iron ore concentrate, pellets dip amid limited demand

July 07, 2020 / Staff reporter

Prices for seaborne iron ore concentrate and pellets fell last week amid buyer resistance toward costly high-grade products.Fastmarkets' index for iron ore 66% Fe concentrate, cfr Qingdao stood at $107.88 per tonne on Friday, down by $1.95 per tonne from $109.83 per tonne a week earlier.Fastmarkets' index for iron ore 65% Fe Brazil-origin fines, cfr Qingdao averaged $112.60 per tonne last week, do...Read More

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 06/07: LME nickel price surges past $13,000/t in 2% uptick; copper finds support despite backwardation

July 07, 2020 / Staff reporter

The three-month nickel price on the London Metal Exchange climbed by more than 2% to breach nearby resistance levels during morning trading on Monday July 6, while a backwardation in LME copper's forward curve did little to stop its price incline amid fresh stock removals. Nickel's outright price on the LME was recently seen at $13,250 per tonne, a rise of 2.1% against a morning low of $12,985 per...Read More

CHINA HRC: Imports persist amid stable domestic market

July 07, 2020 / Staff reporter

China's domestic hot-rolled coil prices were stable on Monday July 6 amid active trading, while import activity was reported to be continuing albeit at a slower pace.DomesticEastern China (Shanghai): 3,740-3,760 yuan ($529-532) per tonne, unchangedA Shanghai-based trader said there was steady buying in the city amid stable futures, which bolstered sentiment.He said HRC inventory levels in eastern...Read More

MORNING VIEW: Base metals prices firmer amid strength in broader markets in Asia

July 07, 2020 / Staff reporter

Asian equities markets were stronger this morning, Monday July 6, and that has helped drive gains averaging 0.8% across the three-month bases metals prices on London Metal Exchange.But the strength in markets is happening despite many headwinds with the out-of-control spread of Covid-19 in the United States and other parts of South America and while US-China relations are deteriorating.Germany's I...Read More

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

July 07, 2020 / Staff reporter

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 it covers and the pricing process it applies. Fastmarkets assessed cobalt alloy...Read More

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

July 07, 2020 / Staff reporter

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 bring more transparency into the markets it covers and the pricing process it applies. Fastmarkets assessed cobalt standard grade, in-whs...Read More

PRICING NOTICE: Proposal to increase pricing frequency of cobalt hydroxide index cif China

July 07, 2020 / Staff reporter

Fastmarkets is proposing to increase the pricing frequency of its cobalt hydroxide index, 30% Co min, cif China to fortnightly from monthly at present. The cobalt hydroxide index 30% Co min, cif China is currently published on the last working day of each month. It was launched in February 2019, alongside Fastmarkets' cobalt hydroxide payable indicator, min 30% Co, cif China, to provide trans...Read More

CHINA SILICON SNAPSHOT: Export price flat amid slow overseas demand

July 07, 2020 / Staff reporter

Key data from the Friday July 3 pricing session in Shanghai.Key drivers Export price stable with offers falling within the published range.Market participants received sporadic inquiries from overseas buyers and noticed big discrepancies between the prices they offered...Read More

China's UG2 chrome ore, ferro-chrome markets drift on lower July tenders

July 07, 2020 / Staff reporter

The UG2 chrome ore, charge chrome and Chinese domestic spot ferro-chrome markets all drifted lower in the week to Friday July 3 on weakening sentiment after the main Chinese stainless steel mills lowered their tender prices for July.Following the recent drop in chrome ore prices, Tiayun Iron & Steel (Tisco), Tsingshan Group and Baosteel all lowered their high-carbon ferro-chrome tender prices for...Read More