Upstream sellers in the global cobalt market continue to hold feedstock materials in tight hands and are making aggressive offers amid improved demand and a higher international benchmark cobalt metal price – particularly since September
. This has allowed the upward momentum in the benchmark price to persist.
Fastmarkets’ benchmark price assessment for cobalt standard grade, in-whs Rotterdam
, was $30-30.50 per lb on Tuesday November 23, narrowing upward by $0.40 per lb from a day earlier. The price has risen by 8.9% since the beginning of November, when it was assessed at $27.40-28.15 per lb.
Against this continuous uptrend in the international benchmark price, Chinese market participants turned cautious and became increasingly hesitant to purchase cobalt metal and sulfate, leaving the market in an overall stalemate.
Chinese cobalt metal and sulfate prices eventually drifted lower after buyers continuously rejected higher offers, brought about by sellers’ attempts to...