GLOBAL NICKEL WRAP: European, Chinese premiums diverge; only US holds firm

European nickel premiums universally declined on Tuesday May 14 after weak regional demand for material manifested in depressed premiums across the board.

Elsewhere, the cif Shanghai premium rose to a renewed 14-month high on fresh arbitrage profit opportunities on the back of a newly-opened import window. 
  • The European briquette premium remained on a three-week downward trajectory on weak demand, excess supply 
  • Arbitrage profit opportunities in China continue to prompt upsurge in cif Shanghai premium 
  • US premiums trade flat as US-Sino trade impasse tempers market

European nickel premiums down on weak demand
European nickel premiums universally slid on Tuesday May 14, with downward pressure emanating from weak physical demand for the metal and manifesting in lower premiums across all grades.
As in previous weeks, the nickel briquette premium was the worst affected, marking the grade’s third consecutive weekly decline. Again, the fall was precipitated by feeble stainless steel demand for the material and a ready supply of off-exchange material destabilizing the briquette market.

"There is a lot of off-grade,...


Violet Li

Orla O'Sullivan

Amy Hinton

May 15, 2019

18:30 GMT

London, New York, Shanghai