GLOBAL COPPER WRAP: Shanghai premium up on open arbitrage; Europe, US flat on weak demand

The Shanghai copper cathode premium moved higher in the week to Tuesday September 24, with continued opportunities in the London-Shanghai arbitrage prompting increased market interest, while flat demand caps premiums in Europe and the United States.

  • Improved arbitrage prompts Shanghai premium interest
  • European demand woes continue
  • US traders wary of import arbitrage loss
Improved arbitrage drives up Shanghai cif premium, but trades thin
The copper premium, cif Shanghai rose by $3 per tonne in the week to Tuesday September 24 due to an improved arbitrage between London and Shanghai, which bolstered traders’ interest in imports. Although trades have been thin in the past week due to traders gradually leaving for China’s National Golden Week Holiday (October 1-7).
Fastmarkets assessed the copper grade-A cathode premium, cif Shanghai at $68-83 per tonne on Tuesday, up $3 per tonne from $65-80 per tonne a week prior.
“The arbitrage was pretty good on Thursday September 19 and Friday September 20, so trades are getting better and supporting higher premiums,” a Shanghai-based trader told Fastmarkets.

The arbitrage loss between the London Metal Exchange and Shanghai on Tuesday came in at...


Ellie Wang

Hassan Butt

Rijuta Dey Bera

Sally Zhang

September 25, 2019

11:45 GMT

London, Shanghai, New York