GLOBAL CHROME WRAP: Fading buying interest weighs on Chinese domestic spot ferro-chrome prices

UG2 chrome ore, and Chinese and Japanese ferro-chrome markets were bearish last week on anticipation of China’s stainless steel mills lowering their ferro-chrome tender prices for May.

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“A middle-sized steel mill, Fuxin Special Steel, based in Chinese Fujian province, has set its ferro-chrome purchase price at 6,900 yuan per tonne,” a source said.

“Fuxin Special Steel will buy around 3,000 tonnes of ferro-chrome for May,” the source added.

“The ferro-chrome spot price is still sliding with sentiment remaining negative,” a major ferro-chrome buyer in a northern China stainless steel mill said.

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Ellie Wang

Anna Xu

Chris Kavanagh

Karen Ng

Jon Stibbs

April 23, 2018

18:12 GMT

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