Base metal prices on the Shanghai Futures Exchange were mostly lower during Asian morning trading on Tuesday amid bouts of year-end profit-taking, with copper prices falling as longs liquidate.
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A major end-user has concluded a deal for aluminium supply to main Japanese ports (MJP) in the first quarter of 2018 at a premium of $103 per tonne
with a producer, Metal Bulletin has learned.
Bushveld Minerals will increase its indirect stake in vanadium producer Vametco Holdings to 59.1%, from 26.6% previously, as it acquires a 55% stake in Bushveld Vametco
from Yellow Dragon Holdings.
China’s plan to adopt strict waste thresholds on a number of imported scrap products from March 2018 will, if confirmed, have a massive impact on the copper scrap market
for both prices and shipment flows, Michael Lion, president of Lion Consulting Asia Ltd, warned.
The global copper concentrates market is unlikely to experience the same tightened conditions
in 2018 that have afflicted the zinc and lead markets this year, senior executives told delegates at Metal Bulletin’s 13th Asia Copper Conference in Shanghai, China, last week.
Turkish steelmakers have delivered a surprise as domestic deals in the United States are due to settle this week, booking three cargoes from the East Coast at prices exceeding $340 per tonne
The establishment of a warehouse network in China has not yet come to fruition many years after the idea was first mooted, but the continued opening up of the country suggests it is a case of “when” rather than “if.”