February 2020

SHFE to delist Norilsk Combine H-1 brand of nickel cathode

The Shanghai Futures Exchange will delist the Norilsk Combine H-1 brand of refined nickel cathode produced by Russia’s Nornickel, effective from March 17, 2020, the bourse announced on Tuesday February 18.

Coronavirus outbreak keeping China’s stainless steel market subdued

China’s stainless steel market saw some activity over the past week following several weeks of stagnation as a result of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in the country.

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 20/02: Firm dollar pressures SHFE base metals prices

With the exception of tin that was little changed, base metals prices on the Shanghai Futures Exchange were down at the close of morning trading on Thursday February 20, with the complex coming under pressure from a strengthening dollar index.


A summary of London Metal Exchange warrant premiums from across the globe for the week to Wednesday February 19.

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 19/02: LME Al price down on low turnover; nickel holds below $13,000/t

The three-month aluminium price on the London Metal Exchange was lower at the close of trading on Wednesday February 15, with daily trading volumes hitting a three-month low against reduced open interest, while nickel failed to test nearby resistance.

Chinese buyers can apply for tariff exemptions on US copper, Al scrap imports from March

Chinese importers could be able to buy United States’ copper and aluminium scrap without the current 25% tariffs from July, China's Ministry of Finance Customs Department said in a notice on Tuesday February 18.

GLOBAL NICKEL WRAP: Lackluster demand maintains regional nickel premiums

Nickel premiums in all regions continued to hold firm in the week to Tuesday February 18, after slack demand for nickel tempered spot market liquidity.

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 19/02: Backwardation in LME lead spreads widens; Al price down despite 15kt outflow

The London Metal Exchange base metals, except tin, were subject to stock moves in the morning session on Wednesday February 19, with LME three-month prices demonstrating mixed consolidation.

MORNING VIEW: Markets recover after Tuesday’s broad market dip; base metals prices mixed

After the broad-based dip on Tuesday February 18 that was partially triggered by Apple’s sales warning, markets have recovered on Wednesday with equity indices in Asia stronger, as are pre-market western equity indices.

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 19/02: SHFE base metals prices mixed; Ni underperforms again

Base metals prices on the Shanghai Futures Exchange were mixed at the close of morning trading on Wednesday February 19, with recent Chinese stimulus measures providing slight support to the complex while worries about the economic impact of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak continue to loom.