Base metal stocks Articles

Sudbury mine strikers reject Vale's offer; US nickel premiums rise

June 16, 2021 / Staff reporter

Striking workers at Vale's mine in Sudbury, Ontario, rejected the company's latest offer on Monday June 14; the ongoing strike was the main contributor to a rise in nickel premiums in the United States on Tuesday June 15, sources said.The premium increases - including a 16.67% week-on-week jump for nickel briquette - came quicker than most participants anticipated, with the strike at Vale entering...Read More

Rusal to use funds from Nornickel share buyback to upgrade, expand aluminium operations

June 16, 2021 / Staff reporter

Russian aluminium producer Rusal is to invest in the expansion and upgrading of its aluminium operations using capital raised through Nornickel's proposed share buyback scheme, the company said on Tuesday June 15. Rusal currently holds a 27.8% ownership in Nornickel, the Russian based high-grade nickel and palladium mining company. The exact amount of shares that will be repurchased by Nornickel h...Read More

Vale produces first ore at Voisey's Bay nickel ops expansion

June 16, 2021 / Staff reporter

Brazilian miner Vale has produced the first ore at its Voisey's Bay nickel operation expansion in Canada - exploring underground reserves - after 16 years of open-pit mining, the company said on Tuesday June 15.Located in the Canadian northern Labrador region, the underground operation has a capacity of 40,000 tonnes per year of nickel concentrate and will first explore the Reid Brook ore deposit,...Read More

Zijin's major Serbian copper mine debut postponed to Q4 - local media

June 16, 2021 / Staff reporter

The debut of Zijin Mining 's new Serbian copper mine has been postponed to the fourth quarter of 2021, local media See News reported on Tuesday June 15. Citing a statement from Serbia's mining ministry on Monday June 14, the mine in the Cukaru Peki Upper Zone of Serbia's Timok copper-gold project has received approval to construct the mining facilities and execute mining operations, the...Read More

MORNING VIEW: Base metals fall despite robust broader markets

June 16, 2021 / Staff reporter

Weakness was evident across the base metals in London and Shanghai on the morning of Tuesday June 15 despite pre-market Western equity index futures driving higher and high volumes traded on the London Metal Exchange.14,205 lots had been traded on the LME by 5.52am London time compared with typical volume of 6,000 lots at this timeMarkets seem to be nervous about the measures China's authorities m...Read More

ENERGY TRANSITION: Carbon capture key to green steel, Kerry says

June 16, 2021 / Staff reporter

The development and use of carbon-capture technologies for industrial sectors such as steel will be central to the push toward a decarbonized economy, according to John Kerry, the United States' Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.Reducing the cost of these technologies will also be critical in enabling access on a wider scale and to meeting net-zero carbon targets, Kerry told a webinar on Tues...Read More

GULF FLAT STEEL IMPORTS: Deals made despite rise in most prices

June 16, 2021 / Staff reporter

Most prices for flat steel imported into the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia increased during the week ended Tuesday June 15, with several deals heard, sources have told Fastmarkets.Demand was moderate in the region for flat steel products but the new deals were expected because most users have low stock levels, the sources added.Saudi ArabiaHot-rolled coil was offered at $1,000 per tonne cf...Read More

Pakistan looks into removal, cuts in flat steel customs duties

June 16, 2021 / Staff reporter

The government of Pakistan has suggested the reduction or removal of custom duty, additional customs duty and regulatory duty on imports of hot-rolled coil and hot-rolled stainless steel in the country's budget for 2021-22, announced on Friday June 11.The proposal came under the heading of industrial relief measures. The details have yet to be announced, sources told Fastmarkets.The Pakistan parli...Read More

Top steelmakers 2021 edition

June 16, 2021 / Staff reporter

Alongside Fastmarkets' annual global ranking of steelmakers by crude steel output in 2020, our correspondents around the world review developments in their regional steel sectors.The year 2020 will forever be remembered as the one in which the Covid-19 pandemic spread globally, impacting every area of life and business. The world's steel industry was no exception, with many of the largest steelmak...Read More

CIS LONG STEEL: Wire rod prices show wide variation by market

June 16, 2021 / Staff reporter

Export wire rod prices from the Commonwealth of Independent States changed in a variety of ways in the week to Monday June 14 with the trading situation being different from market to market.Ukraine still has a significant quota volume available for second-quarterimports into Europe (27.52% or 69,502 tonnes remaining), and one supplier from the country offered material at $860-870 per tonne fob Bl...Read More

UK STEEL SCRAP MONTHLY: Tight supply extends market rally

June 16, 2021 / Staff reporter

Tight steel scrap supply in the UK, due to reduced car production and demolition projects, in addition to strong demand for feedstock from steelmakers, has pushed up domestic scrap prices in June for the second month in a row, sources said on Tuesday June 15.Scrap supplies in the UK and across Europe have been further tightened by steady export demand into traditional destinations such as Turkey a...Read More

DAILY STEEL SCRAP: Prices continue to fall in latest bookings

June 16, 2021 / Staff reporter

Turkish steel mills have booked two new deep-sea cargoes at prices that continue the recent downward trend, sources told Fastmarkets on Tuesday June 15.Two US cargoes were heard on Tuesday, and were heard to be of similar composition.A mill in the Marmara region bought the two US cargoes, consisting of unknown tonnages of HMS 1&2 (80:20) at $500 and $501 per tonne, plus shredded and bonus material...Read More

IRON ORE DAILY: Prices edge upward despite limited liquidity

June 16, 2021 / Staff reporter

Seaborne iron ore prices mostly edged upward on Tuesday June 15 despite limited liquidity and the downtrend in the financial markets.Fastmarkets iron ore indices62% Fe fines, cfr Qingdao: $221.87 per tonne, up by $1.10 per tonne62% Fe low-alumina fines, cfr Qingdao: $223.09 per tonne, up by $1.47 per tonne58% Fe fines high-grade premium, cfr Qingdao: $194.60 per tonne, down by $0.62 per tonne65% F...Read More

COKING COAL DAILY: Prices stable amid wait-and-see attitude in cfr market

June 16, 2021 / Staff reporter

The seaborne premium hard coking coal price was flat in the cfr market amid weak buying activity but inched up in the fob market with firm demand on Tuesday June 15, sources said.Fastmarkets indicesPremium hard coking coal, fob DBCT: $172.27.30 per tonne, up $0.51 per tonnePremium hard coking coal, cfr Jingtang: $283.29 per tonne, flatHard coking coal, fob DBCT: $153.43 per tonne, flatHard coking...Read More

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 15/06: LME copper drops 3.5%, base metals complex down

June 16, 2021 / Staff reporter

Base metals prices were all in decline during morning trading on Monday June 15, with copper experiencing the most significant fall after the Chinese markets reopened and futures prices were sold.LME copper's three-month price fell to an intraday low of $9,623.50 per tonne, the lowest since April 27 and a 3.5% decrease from $9,971.50 per tonne at Monday's close. As of 9am, LME three...Read More

CHINA REBAR: Mixed outlook weighs on trading activity, prices

June 16, 2021 / Staff reporter

China's domestic rebar prices retreated on Tuesday June 15 amid lower transaction volumes as a result of a mixed outlook for supply and demand.DomesticEastern China (Shanghai): 5,050-5,080 yuan ($789-793) per tonne, down by 20 yuan per tonneSome market participants expect an iron ore mine accident in Shanxi last week to lead to a nationwide inspection to ensure industrial safety, including for ste...Read More

UK, Australia agree on post-Brexit free trade deal

June 16, 2021 / Staff reporter

The United Kingdom and Australia secured a free trade deal on Tuesday June 15, which marks the first agreement negotiated from scratch since Britain's departure from the European Union.The UK government has hailed the agreement as an important step in building new trade relationships post Brexit. Previous deals reached with other nations such as Japan and Norway were built upon existing arrangemen...Read More

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

June 16, 2021 / Staff reporter

The Cobalt alloy grade, in-whs Rotterdam, $/lbtrade log including business, bids and offers reported to Fastmarkets.Fastmarkets publishes trades logs for its key price assessments and indices to bring more transparencyinto the markets it covers and the pricing process it applies.Fastmarkets assessed Cobalt alloy grade, in-whs...Read More

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

June 16, 2021 / Staff reporter

The Cobalt standard grade, in-whs Rotterdam, $/lb trade log including business, bids and offers reported to Fastmarkets.Fastmarkets publishes trades logs for its key price assessments and indices to bring more transparencyinto the markets it covers and the pricing process it applies.Fastmarkets...Read More

Tech Talk for Wednesday June 16th 2021

16/06/2021 / Staff reporter

U.S. equity index futures were mixed this morning. S&P 500 futures were unchanged in pre-opening trade. Investors are waiting for an update on the Fed Fund Rate from the Federal Reserve at 2:00 PM EDT. Consensus calls for no change in the Fed Fund rate at 0.00%-0.25%.U.S. equity index futures were virtually unchanged following release of the May Housing Start report at 8:30 AM EDT. Consensus w...Read More