September 2017

Zinc and lead TCs sink as Chinese import arbitrages open, mine supply tightens

Zinc and lead concentrate treatment charges fell in September as import arbitrages opened up to bring material into China.

Alumina prices soar to index high as supply constraints bite

Spot alumina prices rocketed over the past seven days, after weeks of tight supplies of Australian alumina and constraints on raw material availability came to a head.

MB INTL ALUMINIUM CONF - 8 things we learned in Bahrain

Reporters Ian Walker and Perrine Faye wrap up the key themes and questions raised during Metal Bulletin’s 32nd International Aluminium Conference in Bahrain on September 26-28.


Metal Bulletin's assessments of changes to zinc and lead concentrate treatment charges (TCs) over the past month.

Lead TCs flip to premium; China arb fuels scramble for tonnage in short market

An open arbitrage window to import lead into China is driving concentrate treatment charges (TCs) to a premium from a discount for the first time in recent memory while mines globally struggle for output.

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 29/09: LME copper price dips at close; zinc, lead continue to climb higher

Aluminium and copper were the only base metals prices on the London Metal Exchange to close the week in negative territory on Friday September 29.

NON-FERROUS WEEK IN BRIEF: Aluminium, nickel, tungsten conferences; Louis Dreyfus metals division; tungsten concs diversification

Metal Bulletin rounds up some of the key news and price moves from a busy week in the metals markets.

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 29/09: Comex copper price edges lower to finish week

Comex copper prices erased the previous session gains on Friday September 29 with a lack of follow-through buying and mixed data combining to weigh on the complex.

PEOPLE MOVES: Fred Demler steps down from INTL FCStone global metals head role

Fred Demler, global head of LME metals at INTL FCStone, is leaving his role at the company, according to an internal email to staff seen by Metal Bulletin.

PEOPLE MOVES: Colin Hamilton joins BMO from Macquarie

BMO Capital Markets has appointed Colin Hamilton as its new md of commodities research, based in London.