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In Europe, the spot market has been steady in the past week after dropping to a low last seen in August 2016 the week before. Suppliers have held their offer prices and will wait for further developments in the longer-term delivery market for contract business shipped between October and December. One quarterly deal for around 500 tonnes of standard grade ferro-silicon was settled to a German steelmaker for €885 per tonne delivered, sources said.
Fastmarkets assessed the price of ferro-silicon, lumpy, basis 75% Si (scale pro rata), delivered Europe at €900-920 ($988-1,010) per tonne on Friday, steady week on week.
The last time the European spot ferro-silicon price was below €900 per tonne was in April 2016 when...