NON-FERROUS WEEK IN BRIEF: Asia Copper Week; copper TC/RCs; MJP negotiations; daily alumina index; Minor Metals Forum; FeCr tender prices

Metal Bulletin rounds up some of the key news and price moves from a busy week in the metals markets.

Metal Bulletin rounds up some of the key news and price moves from a busy week in the metals markets. Base metals It was a busy week for copper news with Asia Copper Week underway in Shanghai. Faced with rising costs and environmental pressure, copper mines need higher prices around or above $7,500 per tonne to justify new investments in production and to keep up with growing demand, executives from key mining companies said. The annual copper treatment and refining charge (TC/RC) benchmark should settle within a range of $80-85 per tonne/8-8.5 cents per lb for 2018, a level that Chinese smelters should find profitable, Nicholas Snowdon, senior metals analyst at Standard Chartered said. Annual treatment and refining charges (TC/RCs) below $85 per tonne/8.5 cents per lb for 2018 would be “acceptable” given the deficit seen...

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Charlotte Radford

December 01, 2017

19:28 GMT

London