GLOBAL COPPER WRAP: Premiums in China tick up on more favorable arbitrage; German market softens

Copper premiums in Shanghai rose in the week ended Tuesday May 28, with a more favorable import arbitrage between London and Shanghai and limited availability of solvent extraction-electrowinning (SX-EW) cathode providing support.

Elsewhere, soft demand and ample availability in Germany caused premiums there to weaken, while quiet conditions kept the US copper market flat.
  • Premiums in Shanghai move up on improved arbitrage
  • Demand woes soften German delivered premium in Europe
  • US Midwest-delivered premium steady amid slow Q2

Shanghai premiums edge up
Copper premiums in Shanghai edged up this past week amid a more favorable arbitrage on bringing the metal into China and limited availability, but greater demand, for SX-EW cathode.
Fastmarkets assessed the premium for grade-A copper cathode at $45-63 per tonne cif Shanghai on Tuesday, up by $3-7 per tonne from $38-60 per tonne a week earlier.
Similarly, the in-warehouse premium in Shanghai rose to $45-63 on Tuesday, also up by up by $3-7 per tonne from $38-60 per tonne on May 21.

The number of deals and inquiries heard in the Shanghai market have increased since the start of May...


Ellie Wang

Hassan Butt

Rijuta Dey Bera

May 29, 2019

09:52 GMT

Shanghai, London, New York