Key metal price moves and stories to set you up for August 1.
Aluminium prices in China are expected to remain underpinned for the near-term as smelters are not keen to hedge yet, according to market participants.
Materials and technology group Umicore has set up a joint venture with China-based Vital Materials to meet rising indium tin oxide (ITO) demand from the “fast-expanding” large area display market in Asia.
Gallium producers in China are looking to base contracts on Fanya prices, breaking with the norm of basing them on prices assessed by price reporting agencies, sources said.
Treatment and refining charges are pushing back up from four-month lows following the news that copper concentrates from the Grasberg mine in Indonesia will soon start making their way into the Asian market.
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HOTTER ON METALS: LME, Rusal await Court of Appeal verdict
Changes to the London Metal Exchange’s warehousing rules could kick in by the end of the year if the exchange wins an appeal at the Court of Appeal in the UK this week.
HOTTER ON METALS: Russia needs the WTO
Sanctions would make life difficult, but not impossible, for Russian businesses. What might conceivably make life a lot harder would be if Russia got kicked out of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
HOTTER ON METALS: US sanctions? Get a licence
US sanctions impacting the Russian metals trade are not yet a reality, but let’s pretend they are.
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Metal Bulletin's timeline of how the Qingdao scandal has unfolded and how the industry has responded.
Billet premium could bring aluminium production back online
The difference between the European aluminium ingot and billet premiums has grown by more than 50% this year, reflecting a sharp supply deficit in the billet market and raising the prospect of higher billet production in the near future.
Bank limits copper finance after ICBC moves to defer payment against LC
At least one western bank has stopped discount financing of copper into China after Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) applied for the right not to settle a letter of credit it issued earlier this year, as a result of the Qingdao investigations, sources told Metal Bulletin.
WEEK-IN-BRIEF: ENRC marketing rights; silver fix; Chinese funds eye zinc; SRB cobalt purchases
It’s been a wild week on the Metal Bulletin news desk. Here, deputy editor Fleur Ritzema wraps up the key stories.
ENRC has held talks with world's top trading firms to outsource marketing
ENRC has held talks with five of the world’s largest metal trading firms to outsource marketing rights to its products in exchange for pre-financing of material, Metal Bulletin understands.
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