GLOBAL NICKEL WRAP: All premiums flat but US closely watching Vale strike

The US nickel market was active in the week to Tuesday June 8, with a consensus that falling supply and healthy spot demand will support the current premium range.

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Nickel premiums in the United States were unchanged on Tuesday despite a strike throughout the week at North America’s main nickel producer, Vale Canada.

Market participants anticipate higher premiums if the strike, which started on June 1, endures for at least a month.

Meanwhile, they unanimously said premiums are supported at current levels by diminishing supply and decent spot demand - even in a week that was notably quiet in many others metals since many US industry participants took additional days off after the Memorial Day holiday...

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Justin Yang

Orla O'Sullivan

Yingchi Yang

June 09, 2021

16:08 GMT

London, New York, Shanghai