November 2018

Strong EV numbers bode well for battery raw materials demand

Electric vehicle (EV) sales continue to see robust growth - the latest data from China shows NEV sales of 138,000 in October - up 50% from October 2017, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

EUROPEAN MORNING BRIEF 21/11: SHFE base metals prices under pressure; Chinese buyers to shift to spot market for cobalt raw materials; agreement reached over EU cadmium cap

Good morning from Fastmarkets MB’s offices in Asia as we bring you the latest news and pricing stories on Wednesday November 21.

ASIAN MORNING BRIEF 21/11: LME base metals lower amid trade tension; Vanadium, ferro-vanadium hit record highs; LME to launch lithium contract

The latest news and price moves to start the Asian day on Wednesday November 21.

EU ministers, MEPs reach agreement over cadmium cap for fertilizers

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and the European Union Council of Ministers have reached a provisional agreement on a limit for cadmium content in phosphate fertilizers sold within the EU.

FOCUS: Chinese buyers to shift to spot market for cobalt raw materials

Chinese buyers have been reluctant to commit to long-term contracts for cobalt raw materials for 2019 during this year’s mating season, Fastmarkets has learned.

Trade log November 2018: Selenium

The latest selenium transactions, bids, offers and assessments in Europe reported to Fastmarkets MB.

Chinese smelters meet to discuss silico-manganese tender prices

Representatives from Chinese manganese alloy smelters will meet this week to discuss silico-manganese tender prices, market sources told Fastmarkets.

ASIAN MORNING BRIEF 20/11: Nickel futures hit hard; Shanghai copper premiums may rise; Antofagasta targets record output

The latest news and price moves to start the Asian day on Tuesday November 20.

GLOBAL FERRO-SILICON WRAP: Chinese market steady, European prices fall, US shifts focus

The Chinese ferro-silicon market was stable in the week ended Friday November 16, extending a steady trend in line with supply and demand, while the European price moved downward because the quiet market encouraged lower offer prices.

GLOBAL SILICON SNAPSHOT: Chinese export price drops amid weak market; US silicon continues downtrend

Key data from the pricing sessions in Shanghai, New York and London in the week ending on Friday November 16.