May 2016

ALUMINA INDEX: Prices tumble on China restart, concerns about import demand

Persistent rumours of refinery restarts in China and improved liquidity in the spot market dragged alumina prices down last week.

Rolling LME/SHFE price report 31/05: Supply pressures push zinc, nickel higher

Welcome to the rolling base metals price report, tracking the Shanghai Futures Exchange and London Metal Exchange markets on Tuesday May 31.

Copper TC/RCs spike above benchmark as demand for clean cargoes softens further

Spot treatment and refining charges (TC/RCs) for copper concentrates rose above benchmark levels in the second half of May as traders showed a weaker appetite for clean cargoes during an unusually strong spell for mine supply.

NORTH AMERICAN MORNING BRIEF 31/05: SHFE automated trading services; copper market sentiment; Tisco June bid price

The latest news from the metal markets to start the day in North America on Tuesday May 31.

Spread log May 2016: Aluminium

The European aluminium spread log.

SHFE vs LME physical arbitrage: Copper, aluminium, zinc, nickel

Arbitrage for copper, aluminium, zinc and nickel imported into China on Tuesday May 31*

CHINA COPPER INSIGHT MAY: Domestic and import markets demand divided

Market sentiment over the past month was divided, as traders in the domestic physical market enjoyed the highest premiums in months while import traders found it difficult to secure bookings. In this month’s issue, we bring you the key data and stories.

INTERVIEW: Tin supply cuts and healthy demand to support industry - Yunnan Tin

The output cuts by Chinese tin smelters and modest rise in demand will be supportive to the tin market this year, Yunnan Tin Trading (Shanghai) Company gm Wu Jianxun told Metal Bulletin in a recent interview.

Rolling LME/SHFE price report 30/05: Q3 Japan MJP offered at $110, copper inches up

Welcome to the rolling base metals price report, tracking the Shanghai Futures Exchange and London Metal Exchange markets on Monday May 30.

Q3 MJP aluminium premium offered at $110/t

A producer has offered to sell primary aluminium cif main Japanese port basis at $110 per tonne in the third quarter, down 5% from the current quarter premium, Metal Bulletin understands.