March 2020

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 30/03: LME aluminium price sinks 1.4% to hit 4-yr low at close; lead pushes past $1,700/t

The three-month aluminium price on the London Metal Exchange continued its decline at the close of trading on Monday March 30, settling at its lowest level since April 2016, while a steady uptick in lead saw its outright price close at a two-week high.

China alumina price drops 4% on smelter capacity closures

The Chinese alumina price dropped sharply on Thursday March 26 on shrinking demand from aluminium smelters, several of whom put part of their capacity on maintenance to avoid further losses.

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 30/03: Fresh 24kt inflow pressures LME aluminium price; risk-off sentiment sees complex weaker

The three-month aluminium price on the London Metal Exchange was lower during morning trading on Monday March 30, with price action falling by around 1.6% after more than 24,000 tonnes of metal was delivered back to LME-registered warehouses across Asia.

MORNING VIEW: Base metals prices face numerous cross currents

Markets were looking quite mixed this morning, Monday March 30, with most Asian-Pacific equity indices down, the pre-market Dow Jones Industrial Average up by 0.2%, oil prices down by around 5% and the base metals prices mixed.

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 30/03: SHFE base metals prices retreat on surge in coronavirus cases

Base metals prices on the Shanghai Futures Exchange were down across the board at the close of morning trading on Monday March 30, with aluminium leading the complex lower with a fall of 2.1%.

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 27/03: LME copper closes below $4,800/t threshold

The three-month copper price on the London Metal Exchange closed below the $4,800-per-tonne psychological threshold on Friday March 27, finishing at the day $4,790.50 per tonne with a turnover of just 11,475 lots.

En+ may review 2019 capex but keeps 5-year low carbon materials plan

En+ Group, the majority owner of Russian aluminium producer UC Rusal, may review its 2020 capital expenditure in light of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, but still plans to spend more than $715 million at its smelters and alumina refineries over the next five years, it said.

Alumina price plummets to Oct 2016 low with LME at $1,500/t

The alumina price on a fob Australia declined below $260 per tonne on Friday March 27 after the market continued to react to falling aluminium prices.

3% duty-spread for aluminium in Rotterdam disappears; coronavirus hits end-users

The differential between duty-paid and unpaid aluminium in Rotterdam continues to narrow, leaving market participants wondering if the two premiums could end up close to parity.

SHFE STOCKS REPORT 27/03: Base metals' stocks down; lead stocks dive 38%

Base metals' stocks in Shanghai Futures Exchange-approved warehouses all fell over the week to Friday March 27, with lead, in particular, registering the biggest outflows.