The spot copper concentrates TC/RC index, cif Asia Pacific
, was at $51.80 per tonne/5.18 cents per lb on December 20, up from $51.30 per tonne/5.13 cents per lb a week earlier.
The terms for smelter purchase trended up, with some tonnages sold at close to $60 per tonne, but the rest of the market is pricing spot material to smelters at low to mid-$50s per tonne.
Traders said they would bid on copper concentrates with TCs in the mid to low $40s this week. Tenders for Oyu Tolgoi, Escondida, Austria Duvaz and three qualities of Toromocho copper concentrates were or are in the market.
Diversion of Dongying Fangyuan stock continues
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