March 2020

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 31/03: LME base metals prices buoyed by positive China data

Three-month base metals prices on the London Metal Exchange broadly closed up from values at the previous day’s kerb on Tuesday March 31, buoyed by residual optimism following the release of positive manufacturing data from China earlier the same day.

Chinese refined tin imports increase eightfold amid Covid-19 lockdown

Imports of refined tin into China increased by more than 800% year on year during the country’s imposed Covid-19 lockdown over the January-February period, recent customs data from the country shows.

IRON ORE DAILY: China manufacturing PMI rebound supports prices

The seaborne iron ore market stabilized on Tuesday March 31 after the prior day’s loss of more than $3 per tonne, attributed to a rebound in China’s official manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) and a slight boost in trading volumes.

COKING COAL DAILY: Seaborne prices drop further on bearish outlook

Seaborne coking coal prices fell across the board on Tuesday March 31, with market participants expecting further price declines due to weak demand outside China.

CHINA HRC: Further price drops fuel concerns over losses among mills

China’s domestic hot-rolled coil prices continued to fall on Tuesday March 31, leaving market participants with the expectation that some flat steel producers would be making losses for some time.

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 31/03: LME zinc price up 1.5% after 8kt fresh cancelation; copper above $4,800/t

The three-month zinc price on the London Metal Exchange was higher during morning trading on Tuesday March 31, with upward price action supported by an 8,825-tonne fresh cancelation, while strong Chinese purchasing managers’ index (PMI) data bolstered the base metals complex.

CHINA REBAR: Price decreases slow amid release of higher PMI

China’s domestic rebar prices decreased further on Tuesday March 31 amid declining futures, though the pessimism among market participants decreased following the release of a higher manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) as well as that for the steel sector.

MORNING VIEW: Base metals prices find support from China’s better manufacturing data

China’s official manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) rebounded to 52 in March, after 35.7 in February, which means 52% of purchasing managers reported conditions were “better” in March than they were a month earlier.

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 31/03: Most SHFE base metals prices up on renewed positivity; Cu climbs 1.6%

With the exception of that for nickel, base metals prices on the Shanghai Futures Exchange were up at the close of the morning trading session on Tuesday March 31.

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 30/03: LME aluminium price sinks 1.4% to hit 4-yr low at close; lead pushes past $1,700/t

The three-month aluminium price on the London Metal Exchange continued its decline at the close of trading on Monday March 30, settling at its lowest level since April 2016, while a steady uptick in lead saw its outright price close at a two-week high.