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FOCUS: China's coking coal quotas altering market dynamics

September 09, 2020 / www.metalbulletin.com

China's coking coal import quotas have changed the dynamics of the seaborne market, making the trading of the steelmaking raw material more risky, time-consuming and expensive for traders.What was typically a month-long process for a vessel carrying Australian coking coal to deliver to China has stretched to at least four months after import quotas became scarcer and port restrictions became tight...Read More

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 08/09:LME base metals prices trend lower amid macro jitters

September 09, 2020 / www.metalbulletin.com

London Metal Exchange three-month base metals prices trended lower at the close on Tuesday September 8 with concern over macro-economic headwinds inspiring a sell-off across the complex.While macroeconomic developments - including promises of increased infrastructure spending and hopes of a trade deal between China and the United States - have supported recent price increases, some...Read More

Gold-Silver Ratio Decision Point: Forget Gold And Buy Silver?

September 08, 2020 / www.silverdoctors.com

A $21 level test remains a possibility, but $50 to $60 seems entirely plausible next year. Silver has been performing better than gold recently, and...Kevin Wadsworth interviewed on Palisade RadioTom welcomes back market weather forecaster and technical analyst wizard Kevin Wadsworth.Kevin discusses the technical patterns and how they usually tell you where things are heading. Sometimes the eviden...Read More

COKING COAL DAILY: Seaborne premium prices little changed

September 09, 2020 / www.metalbulletin.com

Seaborne premium hard coking coal prices changed marginally on Tuesday September 8, while there was one transaction in the fob market during the day while the cfr market was muted, sources said.Fastmarkets indicesPremium hard coking coal, fob DBCT: $110.47 per tonne, up $0.42 per tonne Premium hard coking coal, cfr Jingtang: $115.60 per tonne, down $0.28 per tonneHard coking coal, fob DBCT: $86.76...Read More

RESEARCH: Improving demand outlooks in Europe, US prompt increases to our HRC price forecasts

September 09, 2020 / www.metalbulletin.com

The latest forecasts from Fastmarkets' team of analysts are ready to view.US hot-rolled coil (HRC) prices performed in line with our expectations in August, with US domestic HRC prices finding a floor in July as forecast before they rose in August. US HRC prices averaged $522 per tonne in August, which compares with our forecast price of $518 per tonne. Based on an improving demand outlook and ris...Read More

The Rough Market's Window of Opportunity

September 08, 2020 / www.diamonds.net

RAPAPORT... The price cuts that took effect in the rough-diamond market last month surprised some, but made perfect sense given the trends in polished trading and the recent earnings reports from De Beers and Alrosa.The September issue of the Rapaport Research Report, which was published Monday, outlines the main considerations that led De Beers and Alrosa to reduce rough prices in August. As majo...Read More

Signet to Expand James Allen In-Store Format

September 08, 2020 / www.diamonds.net

RAPAPORT... Signet Jewelers plans to have James Allen e-commerce displays in 80 of its Jared locations this holiday season following a successful trial of the store-in-store concept. "Given positive sales results and strong traffic gains, we plan to expand this new format to over 80 locations, or one-third of our jewelry fleet, prior to holiday," Signet CEO Gina Drosos said Thursday in an ear...Read More

Gem Diamonds Continues Large-Stone Streak

September 08, 2020 / www.diamonds.net

RAPAPORT... Gem Diamonds has recovered two large, high-quality diamonds from its Let??eng mine in Lesotho, the company said this week.A 162-carat white diamond was unearthed on September 7, while a 143-carat, type II stone was discovered on September 5, constituting the 10th and 11th stones over 100 carats found at Let??eng this year. The company has now recovered four of that magnitude in le...Read More

EUROPE HRC: Domestic prices to rise further on reduced availability, lack of imports

September 09, 2020 / www.metalbulletin.com

Domestic prices for hot-rolled coil in Europe were expected to continue to rise, supported by long lead times and reduced output from EU mills as well as a lack of import offers, sources told Fastmarkets on Tuesday September 8.Fastmarkets' daily steel hot-rolled coil index, domestic, exw Northern Europe, was calculated at ?,?467.95 ($553.32) per tonne on Tuesday, up by ?,?0.56 per tonne day on day...Read More

How to Redesign Stores so Customers Feel Safe

September 07, 2020 / www.diamonds.net

RAPAPORT... Getting customers to shop post-lockdown has been difficult given financial constraints, and the fear of catching Covid-19 while out has only added to that challenge. While customers prefer shopping in physical stores, they will only visit retailers they believe provide adequate safety measures, according to a De Beers survey of 500 Americans in June. However, for clients to feel truly...Read More

BlueRock Achieves Higher Price per Carat, Despite Pandemic

September 08, 2020 / www.idexonline.com

(IDEX Online) - BlueRock Diamonds raised over $1.25m in a private sale of rough from its Kareevlei mine, in South Africa.The British miner says the price it achieved - an average of $330 per carat for 3,805 carats - was higher than the $290 it achieved in a similar sale in June of this year, despite the ongoing pandemic.Executive chairman Mike Houston said: "Our diamonds remain attractive to buyer...Read More

SK Jewellery Founders Want to Privatize Firm

September 07, 2020 / www.diamonds.net

RAPAPORT... The founders of Singapore-based retailer SK Jewellery want to buy out the company and take it private, aiming to gain greater control of its operations.OroGreen Investment, which is held by SK's founders - non-executive chairman Lim Yong Guan, CEO Lim Yong Sheng and executive chairman Lim Liang Eng - will also delist the jeweler from the Singapore stock exchange. The three currently ow...Read More

Whiskey Tycoon Seeks Funds for Diamond Exploration

September 08, 2020 / www.idexonline.com

(IDEX Online) - The Irish tycoon who revived his nation's whiskey industry is seeking additional funds for diamond explorations in Botswana and South Africa.John Teeling's Botswana Diamonds is already drilling the "very promising" M8 kimberlite at Marsfontein, Limpopo, South Africa.Last year it reported finding diamonds come from residual unprocessed stockpiles around the mine and from d...Read More

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 08/09:LME base metals prices trend lower amid macro jitters

September 09, 2020 / www.metalbulletin.com

London Metal Exchange three-month base metals prices trended lower at the close on Tuesday September 8 with concern over macro-economic headwinds inspiring a sell-off across the complex.While macroeconomic developments - including promises of increased infrastructure spending and hopes of a trade deal between China and the United States - have supported recent price increases, some...Read More

WEEKLY BASE METAL PREMIUMS REPORT: 08/09

September 09, 2020 / www.metalbulletin.com

A summary of base metals premiums from across the globe for the week to Tuesday September 8.Please click...Read More

Aluminium trader Oddo BHF joins ASI to enhance low-carbon credentials

September 09, 2020 / www.metalbulletin.com

Physical base metals trader Oddo BHF Metals joined the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) as a general supporter member on Tuesday September 8.The move came while market participants throughout the supply chain sought to increase their presence in the low-carbon aluminium sector, which has taken off in the past six months.ASI is a global non-profit standards-setting and certification organizat...Read More

Secondary Al producer Raffmetal receives ASI performance certification

September 09, 2020 / www.metalbulletin.com

Raffmetal - Europe's largest secondary aluminium producer - has been awarded the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) 'Performance Standard' certification for its refining operations in Casto, Italy, the company told Fastmarkets on Tuesday September 8.Raffmetal's accreditation is the latest in a slew awarded in 2020, including primary aluminium producers Alvance Aluminium and Impol, while other...Read More

China demand signals prompt calls for late-year copper price surge

September 09, 2020 / www.metalbulletin.com

From cars to air-conditioning units, copper intensive sectors are showing signs of an unexpected boom in China, prompting calls that the metal's price could rise further into next year amid shrinking supply stocks, Fastmarkets understands.Hitting $6,380 per tonne last week, the London Metal Exchange's three-month copper price has surged past pre-pandemic levels to its highest since June 2018, desp...Read More

Vale, New Century fail to reach agreement in Vale NC sale

September 09, 2020 / www.metalbulletin.com

Vale Canada - subsidiary of Brazilian multi-metal miner Vale - and Australian zinc producer New Century Resources have failed to reach an agreement in the latter's 95% acquisition of Vale New Caledonia (VNC), the former announced on Tuesday September 8.The announcement brings the exclusivity period under which the prospective sale was being negotiated between the two entities to an end after negot...Read More

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 08/09: LME zinc slips 2% in complex-wide downturn; C/3M spread widens

September 09, 2020 / www.metalbulletin.com

The London Metal Exchange three-month zinc price lagged in morning trading on Tuesday September 8, tumbling by some 2% despite a widening in its forward curve, while fresh concerns of US-Sino trade tensions and rising coronavirus cases pushed the complex lower. Total global coronavirus cases are now at more than 27 million, with total deaths now at 887,526, World Health Organisation (WHO) data sho...Read More

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