GLOBAL COPPER WRAP: Shanghai, European premiums down on wider backwardation; US market eyes annual contract talks

The European copper cathode premium dipped on Tuesday October 30 while the cif Shanghai premium was slightly lower after a sustained import loss and wider backwardation in the London Metal Exchange spread pushed traders to the sidelines; the US premium was steady with the focus on annual negotiations.

European market slips on backwardation.  Shanghai cif premium slightly lower due to import arbitrage loss and backwardation in the nearby spread; the rest of Asia was stable.  US markets quiet ahead of annual contract talks. China premium falls on thin trading; other Asian premiums stable The cif Shanghai copper premium was slightly lower at the midpoint in the latest assessment on Tuesday, while the range widened due to fading buying interest. The high quality electro-refined (ER) copper premium was comparatively firm week on week. The Shanghai copper premium on a cif basis was assessed at $85-105 per tonne on Tuesday, compared with $90-103 per tonne a week prior. The fall in the midpoint of the cif Shanghai premium was attributed to a sustained import loss and wide forward backwardation on the LME. The SHFE vs LME import arbitrage was at a loss of $170.65 per tonne as of...


Ellie Wang

Archie Hunter

Dalton Barker

October 31, 2018

06:21 GMT

Shanghai, London, New York