GLOBAL MANGANESE WRAP: imported ore prices tick down in China during quiet pre-holiday period

Trades of small volumes led to a small fall in manganese ore prices in the week ended Friday February 1, while most producers expect to return to the market after the Chinese New Year holiday (February 4-10).

Low- and high-grade manganese ore prices in China tick down  Low grade fob ore index stable due to freight rate fall  Tight supply supports silico-manganese price in Europe  High-carbon ferro-manganese price dips in US  Alloys stable in China Fastmarkets’ 37% manganese ore index, fob Port Elizabeth, was unchanged at $5.11 per dry metric tonne unit (dmtu) on Friday February 1. Fastmarkets’ 37% manganese ore index, cif Tianjin, fell 5 cents to $5.71 per dmtu on Friday, while the 44% manganese ore index cif Tianjin inched down one cent to $6.45 per dmtu. The 37% cif price fell in response to slightly lower sales prices achieved. However, trading was quiet due to the Chinese New Year holidays. Meanwhile, the fob index did not follow the fall in the cif price. The fob Port Elizabeth index was calculated using the freight rate, which had fallen, as well as a reported market prices....

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Declan Conway

Karen Ng

Jon Stibbs

February 05, 2019

14:14 GMT

London, Singapore, Galway