December 2020

China’s domestic stainless steel prices edge up

China’s domestic stainless steel prices ticked up slightly in the week ended on Wednesday December 30 amid pre-holiday demand and stable nickel prices.

FOCUS: What are the differences in manganese ore ‘frozen stocks’ between 2020, 2019?

The rapid and significant falls in manganese ore prices in 2019 and 2020 have created "frozen stocks," which are believed to have acted as a buffer for the ore market while also demonstrating some different characteristics over both years, sources told Fastmarkets.

Seaborne manganese ore prices hit 10-week highs on continued strength in portside ore, alloy markets

Seaborne prices of both low- and high-grade manganese ore in China continued to find support from persistent strength in the portside ore and alloy markets in the latest pricing period ended Tuesday December 29, despite the absence of some participants due to the Christmas holidays.


The latest data for the global manganese ore market for the week ended December 29, 2020.

CHINA VANADIUM SNAPSHOT: V2O5 prices surge on increased buying, tight availability

Key data from Fastmarkets’ pricing session in China on Thursday December 24.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 5 key stories from December 24

Here are five Fastmarkets stories you might have missed on Thursday December 24 that are worth another look.

China’s stainless steel prices stop rising on nickel losses

China’s stainless steel prices lost their upward momentum over the week ended Wednesday December 23 after nickel and stainless steel futures tumbled.

TITANIUM SNAPSHOT: FeTi rallies to 8-year high, scrap also up

Key data from Fastmarkets’ pricing session in Europe on Wednesday December 23.

Europe FeCr prices rise on firmer demand, higher transport costs

The price paid both for low-carbon and high-carbon ferro-chrome have strengthened amid persistent worries about soaring international freight costs.

FOCUS: What is behind the recent significant price gains in China’s SiMn market?

Both spot and futures silico-manganese prices in China have risen significantly over the past month, helped by comparatively limited availability of spot cargoes at Chinese smelters’ warehouses and steady demand from steel mills, market sources told Fastmarkets.