High-grade cobalt prices also spiked by as much as 4.4% over the course of the week on constrained spot availability and strong interest from superalloys customers, lifting prices to the highest levels since the end of October.
Metal Bulletin assessed low-grade cobalt
at $11.65-12.10 per lb on Friday July 29, up from $11.05-11.50 a week earlier, while high-grade cobalt
was assessed at $11.85-12.75, up from $11.35-12.20.
On a monthly basis
, low-grade cobalt prices were up 9.4% in July, marking the largest monthly increase since January, when prices rebounded 10% following a spate of year-end producer liquidation that took cobalt prices to their lowest level since 2003.
The fact that prices have rallied strongly in July, a typically weak month for end-use demand, has...