Outright cobalt hydroxide prices consolidate gains; trade slows amid buyer-seller standoff

Outright cobalt hydroxide prices continued to rise over the past fortnight, but gains were capped after consumers demonstrated less urgency in their need to restock the material.

Fastmarkets’ cobalt hydroxide index 30% Co min, cif China was at $11.89 per lb on Friday September 4, up by 7 cents per lb (0.6%) from $11.82 per lb on August 21.
Negotiations for units both on the water and in local bonded warehouses have generally stagnated amid a notable gap between sellers’ and buyers’ expectations, market participants said, while both parties are in no rush to conclude business and are waiting for the other side to compromise first.
Some sellers managed to conclude deals at around $12 per lb recently, which is lower than the $12.50 per lb and higher level that they had targeted in late August.

“If you calculate the production cost for cobalt sulfate based on a cobalt hydroxide import cost of $12 per lb, refineries are still able to balance their book considering current sulfate...

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Charlotte Radford

Susan Zou

September 07, 2020

05:46 GMT

London, Shanghai