GLOBAL NICKEL WRAP: European briquette premium falls; premiums in US, China flat

Dampened demand for nickel briquette for stainless steel in Europe put downward pressure on the top end of the premium on Tuesday March 5, while nickel premiums in the United States and China traded flat week on week despite similarly weak demand.

The top end of the premium came off for European briquette after supply outstripped demand  Briquette demand also weaker in US, but market diverges from that of Europe by maintaining stable premium  China’s closed export window kept premiums static across the board. European briquette premium dips A lack of demand for European nickel briquette has put downward pressure on the top end of the range now supply has outstripped demand. Fastmarkets assessed the premium for nickel briquette, in-warehouse Rotterdam, at $240-270 per tonne on Tuesday, down $10 at the top end of the range, from $240-280 the previous week.  Market participants have cited steel mills’ reticence to consume briquette as the reason, with consumers in the sector prioritizing uncut cathodes, which have a lower premium. “Looking at both premiums, often steels mills will opt for the cheaper one and chop and change in between,” a European trader told Fastmarkets. Despite...

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Violet Li

Orla O'Sullivan

Amy Hinton

March 06, 2019

17:28 GMT

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