GLOBAL ALUMINIUM WRAP: Wide LME contangos buoy Rotterdam, US Midwest premiums; Italy market liquidity up

Strong LME spreads bolstered aluminium premiums in both the US Midwest and Europe in the week ended on Tuesday April 9, while increased metal availability in Trieste helped increase market liquidity in Italy and main Japanese port (MJP) premiums held firm amid active trading despite short supply.

Benchmark Rotterdam duty-unpaid premium touches $100 per tonne for first time since June 2018 US Midwest duty-paid premium ticks higher on tight supply and wide LME contangos MJP premium continues to hold firm, Asian premiums broadly stable Rotterdam duty-unpaid hits level unseen since June 2018; Italy Al market liquidity spikes Premiums in Europe moved up Tuesday April 8, with wide contangos on the London Metal Exchange continuing to drive the uptrend. The benchmark premium for duty-unpaid P1020 aluminium in-warehouse in Rotterdam increased to $90-100 per tonne on April 9 from $87-97 per tonne last Tuesday, with most market participants saying a consistently wide contango on the LME is supporting the premium. “Spreads are strong and people are not willing to sell,” one trader in Europe said. Contangos help support premiums because an expected increase in LME prices covers the cost of financing and rent, so buyers must raise their bids...

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Ellie Wang

Justin Yang

Karen Ng

Hui Li

Rijuta Dey Bera

April 10, 2019

11:15 GMT

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