GLOBAL COPPER WRAP: Large arb losses shut off import interest in China; tightness eases in Rotterdam

Premiums for EQ grade material in China and Europe declined in the week to Tuesday April 6, while premiums for standard cathodes globally remained largely stable from their levels one fortnight ago.

China’s copper import premiums drift lower; EQ market accelerates decline
The non-exchange-deliverable equivalent-grade (EQ) copper cathodes market in China declined this week due to absence of buying interest amid poor arbitrage terms, Fastmarkets learned.
Fastmarkets assessed the copper EQ cathode premium, cif Shanghai at a $0-15 per tonne discount to the London Metal Exchange copper price on April 6, compared with a discount of $5 per tonne to a premium of $15 per tonne a fortnight ago.
“EQ market fell at a faster pace [than for standard cathodes, but it is] in line with declines of premiums for registered copper cathodes. I am not keen to buy [in the spot market] due to the availability of cheaper materials out there,” a copper fabricator source told Fastmarkets.

The premiums for imported grade A copper cathodes to China continued to decline this week, though at a slower pace than previously....

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Rijuta Dey Bera

Sally Zhang

Ana de Liz

April 07, 2021

10:57 GMT

London, Shanghai, New York