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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...