Focus on July backwardation pushes Rotterdam ali premium down for second day

The Rotterdam aluminium premium fell for a second straight day, with a looming backwardation in the July/August spread pushing the market down and stirring expectations of further drops.

P1020A aluminium in Rotterdam on a duty-unpaid basis fell to $120-135 per tonne on Wednesday May 23 from $125-140 per tonne on Tuesday. The benchmark premium has fallen nearly 20% since the start of the month. Nearby spreads on the London Metal Exchange are in a wider and more stable contango, with the cash/three-month spread at an $8.50 per tonne contango, which is usually more supportive of premiums. Still, the volatility the benchmark spread experienced has forced the market to start looking at spreads in more forward months. On April 6, before the sanctions were announced, the benchmark spread was...

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Justin Yang

Alice Mason

May 23, 2018

17:50 GMT

London