GLOBAL NICKEL WRAP: US briquette premium hits fresh high on lower supply

The US nickel briquette price hit a new all-time high; premiums in Asia and Europe remain unchanged.

China premiums stable ahead of Chinese National Holidays US briquette hits new all-time high amid extreme shortage European premiums remain flat
Shanghai premiums stable ahead of holidays
The premiums on nickel cathodes imported into China remained stable in the week to Tuesday September 28, and spot trading turned quiet ahead of the upcoming Chinese National Holidays (October 1-7), sources told Fastmarkets.

An arbitrage window between the London Metal Exchange and the Shanghai Futures exchange opened on Monday September 22, leading to an active spot market. Fastmarkets calculated the nickel import arbitrage at $231.14 per tonne, up from $62.24 per tonne on September 17.
 
Despite the opening arbitrage, which was calculated at $567.24 per tonne on Wednesday, liquidity on the physical market started to dry up with many market participants beginning to leave the market for the public holidays in China.

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Justin Yang

Orla O'Sullivan

Yingchi Yang

September 29, 2021

16:18 GMT

Shanghai, London, New York