December 2018

European molybdenum markets extend downward trend

The European molybdenum markets dropped in trading this week as suppliers cut their offer prices to encourage buying interest amid weakening demand.

GLOBAL FERRO-SILICON WRAP: Chinese price steady but seen vulnerable to losses; European market stability persists, while US price drops on slow trading

The Chinese ferro-silicon market held in the week ended Friday December 14 but market participants expect it to come under pressure due to slower demand in the near term; meanwhile the European quotation held steady despite no reported trades in the assessed period.

GLOBAL TUNGSTEN WRAP: Chinese APT price drops on limited buying interest; ferro-tungsten price flat in China, Europe

The earlier uptick in the Chinese ammonium paratungstate (APT) price faltered in the week ended Friday December 14, while both European and Chinese ferro-tungsten markets were stable due to the end-of-year trading lull.

GLOBAL CHROME SNAPSHOT: Chinese ferro-chrome, chrome ore prices stall amid low liquidity levels

Key data from the pricing sessions in Asia, Europe and the United States for the week ending Friday December 14.

EUROPE STAINLESS STEEL: Prices inch down, competition hots up on limited demand

Stainless steel prices in Europe fell in the week to Friday December 14, with slow trading increasing the competition between distributors, sources told Fastmarkets.

East Asian stainless steel prices fall on weak demand, trading slowdown

Import prices for stainless steel in East Asia declined over the past week, resuming a previous downtrend amid sluggish trading activity, soft demand and lower offers from suppliers trying to secure more orders.

Chinese stainless steel prices retreat on weak demand

China’s domestic stainless steel prices dropped slightly over the past week due to muted demand and bearish sentiment among buyers despite an agreement between the country and the United States to a 90-day truce to their trade war.

European ferro-molybdenum market pares gains, demand drops

The European ferro-molybdenum market, which climbed almost 2.5% in trading a week ago, has pared gains since Friday in line with a drop in demand.

TITANIUM SNAPSHOT: Ferro-titanium market seen steady after raft of deals narrows range upward

Key data from the Wednesday December 12 pricing session in Europe.

US stainless steel prices drop, outlook muted

Stainless steel prices in the United States have mostly declined in December, extending a downward trend largely stemming from a decrease in alloy surcharges that have weighed on transaction prices, market participants said.