Nickel prices on the Shanghai Futures Exchange were the standout performers during Asian morning trading on Friday, benefiting from follow-through strength after a strong performance by the metal on the London Metal Exchange in the previous session as well as supply concerns in the market.
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during the second half of January, with smelters coming to the market for tonnages below benchmark rates and mine sales going at aggressive numbers.
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, American Metal Market has learned.
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in the US and has propelled some brass scrap prices to a nearly three-and-a-half-year high.
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after suppliers cut their offer prices to book profits following a strong rally in recent weeks.