GLOBAL FERRO-SILICON WRAP: Europe price drops further on trader pressure

The European market for ferro-silicon has fallen again with traders reducing their offer prices both on an inter-merchant basis and to consumers in the steel sector, while the market in the United States has stalled on a lack of buying activity.

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European market under pressure
The downward trend in European ferro-silicon prices has persisted over the past week, with traders reducing their offer prices while producers tried to hold their offers at more than €1,100 ($1,233) per tonne delivered.

But that producer price offer appears likely to come under pressure in the near term, with traders’ offer prices about €50 per tonne below that level on an inter-merchant basis, sources said.

Moreover, some consumers in the steel sector have been buying quarterly delivery shipments at prices of less than €1,100 per tonne delivered. And there have been deals done into Europe from Asia, with offers also reported from Egypt and Brazil.

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Chris Kavanagh

Declan Conway

April 08, 2019

18:50 GMT