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.


Hassan Butt

Violet Li

Orla O'Sullivan

July 17, 2019

17:15 GMT

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