LIVE FUTURES REPORT 14/06: LME nickel price continues uptrend; aluminium falls despite fresh cancelations

Nickel’s three-month price on the London Metal Exchange was higher at the close of trading on Friday June 14, having reached an intraday high of $12,065 per tonne but failing to close above that mark, while the rest of the complex continued to trade in a downtrend.

Volumes traded in nickel were moderately high over the day, with more than 9,000 lots exchanged by the close, second to copper’s 11,700 lots traded. Upward price momentum in nickel was partly fueled by this morning’s fresh cancelation of 4,500 tonnes across LME-registered warehouses in Europe and Asia, while total LME stocks were at their lowest since 2012, at 163,122 tonnes. In addition, nickel’s forward spreads were now trading in a supportive contango, recently seen at $72 per tonne for cash/three-month. Nickel spreads moved into their widest backwardation since 2015 last month, flipping to a $39 per tonne backwardation in cash/three-month. “We maintain our view...


Hassan Butt

June 14, 2019

18:50 GMT