December 2015

ALUMINA INDEX: Prices slide 1.4% for index to settle below $200/t

Metal Bulletin’s alumina index (fob Australia) settled at $198.72 per tonne on Thursday December 24, the first time the index has fallen below $200 per tonne since its inception in August 2010.

REVIEW OF 2015: Another tough year for Brazil’s aluminium industry

From the outset, it looked like 2015 was going to be another very difficult year for the Brazilian aluminium industry. But it turned out to be even worse than expected.

NORTH AMERICAN MORNING BRIEF 24/12: Copper cathode benchmark; Fanya facing investigation; SiMn production falls

A round-up of the latest news from the metal markets to start the North American morning on Thursday December 24.

REVIEW OF 2015: Alumina price falls outpaced aluminium as weak sentiment took its toll

Alumina prices have fallen over 42% over the course of 2015, languishing at $205.28, after declines picked up the pace at an unexpected rate in the second half of the year.

REVIEW OF 2015 – TIMELINE: How the year went down for Brazil’s aluminium industry

Metal Bulletin presents an interactive timeline of the key events in 2015 for Brazil's aluminium industry.

SHFE vs LME arbitrage: copper, aluminium, zinc

Arbitrage for copper, aluminium and zinc imported into China*

2016 PREVIEW: Dissent over concs benchmark reveals fragmented market

While many buyers were showing their unhappiness with the copper cathode benchmark in 2015, an energetic debate was also taking place concerning perceived shortcomings in the way copper concentrates are priced.

EUROPEAN MORNING BRIEF 24/12: Zinc market outlook; SHFE impact; 2015 MJP aluminium review

Good morning from Metal Bulletin’s offices in Asia, bringing the key news and market stories on Thursday December 24.

ASIAN MORNING BRIEF 24/12: Mn ore demand falls; construction costs fall; review of 2015

A round-up of the latest news from the metal markets to start the Asian morning on Thursday December 24.

SHFE driving global price discovery as LME volumes slide – Citi

The Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE) is increasingly driving global reference prices for the metals markets, as “price discovery has shifted to the East”, analysts at Citi Research said in a note on Tuesday December 22.