December 2015

Rolling LME/SHFE price report 28/12: SHFE copper range-bound with LME closed

Welcome to the rolling base metals price report, tracking the Shanghai Futures Exchange and London Metal Exchange markets on December 28.

REVIEW OF 2015 – INFOGRAPHIC: A difficult year for zinc

Zinc prices on the London Metal Exchange enjoyed a good spring, then declined again as stocks rose under pressure from the China slowdown story. Metal Bulletin presents an interactive infographic for the year's key events for this base metal.

WEEK IN BRIEF: Faltering demand, surplus metal dominate 2015; copper benchmark; aluminium premiums; nickel stocks

The past year was all about faltering demand growth, surplus metal and markets that ground ever lower as a result, which cumulatively took out production and even encouraged some companies to attempt to default on contracts.

Rolling LME/SHFE price report 24/12: Nickel deliveries to Taiwan continue

Welcome to the rolling base metals price report, tracking the Shanghai Futures Exchange and London Metal Exchange markets on Thursday December 24.

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.

Chinese police will investigate Fanya Metal Exchange

The Fanya Metal Exchange, based in Kunming, south-western China’s Yunnan province, has been put on file for investigation by the police, according to the Kunming government.

SHFE vs LME arbitrage: copper, aluminium, zinc

Arbitrage for copper, aluminium and zinc imported into China*

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.