Shanghai bonded stocks hit lowest levels since 2016
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Shanghai copper premiums refresh nine-month highs
Historic low level of Shanghai bonded stocks helped drive the in-warehouse Shanghai copper cathode premium up to the highest level since November 2018.
Fastmarkets assessed the copper grade A cathode premium, in-whs Shanghai at $70-85 per tonne on Tuesday, up by $3 per tonne from $67-82 per tonne on September 3.
Shanghai bonded stocks are at their lowest since February 2016 at 334,000-337,000 tonnes as of September 9, according to Fastmarkets' survey. This is down by 7.35% from the level seen as on August 27.
Historically, the cif Shanghai premium rises in September and October due to increased consumption of copper during that period.
“Cargo-holders refuse to sell goods at low levels, especially with optimistic outlook for September and October,” a Shanghai-based trader told Fastmarkets.