Base metal prices on the London Metal Exchange were collectively lower at the close of trading on Thursday December 6, with downward pressure emerging across global equity indices in addition to a sharp downturn in oil futures, which trickled through to metals. Read more in our live futures
Here are how prices looked at the close of trading:
Vale will buy Brazil's privately owned Ferrous Resources Ltd
as part of its “bolt-on acquisitions” strategy, the world’s largest iron ore producer said.
Comex copper prices sank
to a multi-week low in the United States, with the recent equity market downturn suppressing the entire base metals group.
The European hot-rolled coil
market has been under pressure due to slow trading, and prices are likely to reach "bottom" soon, sources told Fastmarkets.
The European ferro-molybdenum market climbed by almost 2.5%
in trading by the midweek pricing session, tracking a previous increase in the oxide market. Alloy prices are now back to a level last seen on September 14.
In Egypt, no decision on new duties
has left steel billet import and domestic rebar prices stable over the past week amid poor demand.
The Turkish deep-sea scrap import market was quiet on Thursday, with mills watching the market's direction
following a sharp price drop the day before.