Base metals prices on the Shanghai Futures Exchange were broadly down during Asian morning trading on Friday, the exception being tin, which was marginally up on supply concerns due to export issues in Indonesia.
Aluminium and nickel have undergone a particularly steep pullback this morning following strong gains throughout the past week, which had been sparked by supply concerns following the United States’ imposition of sanctions on Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska's assets, including UC Rusal.
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of 2018 amid weaker prices for the material.
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due to a recovery in demand and strong gains in the London Metal Exchange’s nickel price.
The growing adoption of electric vehicles throughout the automotive industry will force a significant shake-up in the lithium-ion battery industry
in the coming years.
Rebar prices in the United States have risen
after multiple mills announced $20-per-ton increases in a tight market, even as a leading producer remained silent.