GLOBAL TIN WRAP: US premiums surge on LME price spike, short supply and improved demand

US tin premiums rose in the week to Tuesday November 17, buoyed by a surge in LME prices, tight supply and resurgent spot demand.

  • US premiums climb for first time since Sept 22
  • Price swings convince European market participants to adopt wait-and-see stance
  • China market stagnant amid big discounts, scant import activity

US offers increase
Tin premiums rose in the United States on reduced supply, a partial revival in spot demand and a rising three-month tin price on the London Metal Exchange - it has gained $840 per tonne over the past two weeks. This has incentivized sellers to hold onto any spare stocks.
As well, 2021 contract prices look set to rise, which is also boosting offers now, some sources said.
Fastmarkets assessed the tin 99.85% ingot premium, in-whs Baltimore at $450-495 per tonne on Tuesday, up from $400-495 per tonne in the previous assessment.

Fastmarkets’ assessed the tin grade A min 99.85% ingot premium, ddp Midwest US at $500-600 per tonne on November 17, up from $450-555 per tonne on November 3....


Karen Ng

Hassan Butt

Orla O'Sullivan

Sally Zhang

November 18, 2020

14:08 GMT

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