GLOBAL COPPER WRAP: Shanghai premiums keep falling; Europe, US markets flat

The Shanghai copper cathode premiums extended recent declines in the week ended Tuesday December 10 amid bearish sentiment ahead of year-end and Lunar New Year in January, while US and European markets were little changed.

  • Shanghai cif premium hits fresh four-month low.
  • US and European premiums unchanged amid thin trading.
Year-end destocking, closed arb continue to weigh in Shanghai
Bearish sentiment for copper demand in China, stemming from year-end destocking and the enduring negative arbitrage, weighed on Fastmarkets’ Shanghai copper cathode premiums over this past week.
Fastmarkets assessed the copper grade A cathode premium, cif Shanghai at $54-65 per tonne on Tuesday, down by $4.50 per tonne at the midpoint from $58-70 per tonne a week prior. The premium has been on a general downtrend since late October when it was at $70-83 per tonne on October 23.
The cif Shanghai copper premium is now at its lowest since August 2 when Fastmarkets assessed it at $52-70 per tonne.
The sustained negative import arbitrage, low demand at year-end and destocking have accelerated the declines, market sources said.

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Hassan Butt

Rijuta Dey Bera

Sally Zhang

December 11, 2019

12:35 GMT

Shanghai, London,New York