GLOBAL TIN WRAP: Premiums flat all over in contrast to volatile tin price

Tin premiums across all global locations were flat in the week ending Tuesday July 16, with the metal’s volatile three-month price and weakening demand picture capping spot liquidity.

Some say weak European demand is weighing on sales, premiums. US market illiquid; premiums hold, despite pressure from aggressive new suppliers. Weak demand kept Chinese tin premiums unchanged. Low prices, supportive spreads fail to budge European premiums In Europe, Fastmarkets assessed the premium for tin 99.9% ingot, in-whs Rotterdam, at $380-430 per tonne on Tuesday July 16, with the range holding at its lowest level since November 2018. Despite the static premiums, however, physical tin participants continue to monitor a broadly volatile London Metal Exchange tin market, with the three-month price trading on either side of the key $18,000-per-tonne threshold and down more than 6% month on month. Forward spreads in LME tin remain supportive of spot business, with the metal’s benchmark cash/three-month spread recently trading in a contango of $39 per tonne, while the nearby cash/August spread was recently in a $45 per tonne contango. Some market participants maintain that dip-buying opportunities are...


Hassan Butt

Violet Li

Orla O'Sullivan

July 17, 2019

17:15 GMT

New York, London, Shanghai