GLOBAL ALUMINIUM WRAP: Premiums mostly flat; Brazilian import premium dips

Aluminium premiums across the globe were mostly flat in the week ending Tuesday January 12, with market participants continuing to keep a close watch on the volatile London Metal Exchange spreads.

  • Uncertainty in Europe due to spreads
  • Import premium widens in Brazil
  • US Midwest market quiet
  • Domestic market more favorable in Japan.

Backwardations create uncertainty in Europe
Aluminium premiums throughout Europe continued to have good support from tight availability of metal across the continent, but uncertainty was growing about whether that trend would persist, due to narrow LME spreads.
Fastmarkets assessed the aluminium P1020A premium, in-whs dup Rotterdam, at $110-115 per tonne on Tuesday, flat from the week before.
Tuesday’s session was particularly liquid, with deals above and below the range. Market participants were divided over the direction in which the premium would move due to the backwardation.
“I’m not going to be a buyer at these levels with these [backwardations],” a Europe-based trader said.

“Everyone is still posturing. After January-February, when I think it will fade, we’re going to see some units come on in South East Asia,”...

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Justin Yang

Alice Mason

Karen Ng

Renato Rostás

Michael Roh

January 12, 2021

21:26 GMT

London