LIVE FUTURES REPORT 18/05: LME nickel price ends week higher; complex consolidates

Base metals on the London Metal Exchange had a mixed end to the week at the close of trading on Friday May 18, with complex consolidation resisted by nickel’s steady gains.

Climbing 1% during the afternoon, nickel reached a daily high of $14,870 per tonne.  The metal’s declining inventories are contributing to its price rise, with total LME stocks falling 5,856 tonnes on the week.  Nickel’s cash/three-month spread is currently in a contango of $62 per tonne, moving back from $65c per tonne earlier today.  Recent forecasts surrounding nickel’s electric vehicle demand are boosting sentiment across the market, with a Vale executive predicting a tenfold surge in nickel demand by 2025. “We have a constructive view on LME nickel, despite the consolidation since February, which we viewed as purely technical rather than fundamental,” Boris Mikanikrezai, analyst at Metal Bulletin said.   “The fundamentals of the market are robust, principally due to a strong global stainless steel sector, which should result in in a further fall in visible inventories and...


Hassan Butt

May 18, 2018

17:55 GMT