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Thursday, April 30

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Wednesday's trading session at $6.12/lb . Indicators at 7:00 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.15/lb higher, with other London treaded base metals trading higher as well. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses rose to its fifth consecutive all time record high on Wednesday and now total 444,756 tonnes. And yet again, the media claims 'supply concerns' account for the sudden rise in nickel prices. And maybe, just maybe, this incessant whine that the world is starting to use more nickel than it produces will come true, but that hasn't proven true yet since Chicken Little started proclaiming it over a year ago. But hey, even a stopped clock gets it right eventually. The London Metal Exchange is closed on Monday for Early Bank Holiday, and China markets are closed tomorrow for May Day celebrations. Ahead of a long weekend for most, we are seeing traders playing the short term trend and betting prices will be higher when they return from their break. We will see if their gamble pays off. Look to $6.44/lb for strong resistance.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.77/lb
  • Average price of LME traded nickel in 2014 - $7.65/lb / 2013 - $6.80/lb / avg 2012 - $7.95/lb /
  • (USGS) Metal Prices in the United States Through 2010 - pdf here
  • Baltic Dry Index - (current) (chart)
  • Dollar trading graph - (chart of dollar index) (live java chart)
  • Reuters metals morning - Nickel jumps on supply concerns; physical market still damp - more

  Reports

  Commodity/Economic Comments

  • China Stainless Steel Scrap Market News / Price - more
  • Yieh Daily Asian Stainless Steel News - more
  • Gerdau Steel Market Update - more
  • European Debt Crisis Live - more
  • Alloyed for Lasting Value video - here
  • Self Repairing for Lasting Value video - here
  • (SSY) Daily crude steel output at China Iron and Steel Association member mills rose to its highest level since late February at 1.72 Mt in the period 11-20 April, according to data from the industry association reported by SteelFirst. This is up from 1.70 Mt/day in the preceding ten days but compares to 1.75 Mt/day for the same period in 2014.
  • Norilsk press release - pdf here

    Stainless steel business remains sluggish - Global: In line with a softer nickel market over recent weeks, 304 stainless steel scrap prices have slid from US$ 1340-1390 per tonne in late March to US$ 1280-1330 a month later while 316 values have suffered under the influence of molybdenum weakness and have dropped over the same time period from US$ 1800-1850 to US$ 1700-1750. - more

    Indonesia nickel smelters to see slow growth -Macquarie - Indonesia's ban on nickel ore exports is stimulating investment in processing plants, but this will be a slow process over the next decade, a senior analyst told a conference on Wednesday. - more

    China's molybdenum mining tax reform on May 1 unlikely to spur surge in exports - China's molybdenum producers are unlikely to immediately flock back to the export market next month following the roll-out of a new tax regime on May 1, as domestic prices are still higher than international levels, market sources said Wednesday. - more

    New Caledonia President Accused Of Lying About Mine Debt - There has been a sharp rebuke for New Caledonia's president, Philippe Germain, from his predecessor over alleged concessions for the SMSP mining company, which belongs to the mainly Kanak northern province. - more

    World’s top nickel producer can’t mine enough to satisfy China - The Philippines might fail to satisfy China’s nickel ore demand, which could push up refined metal prices more than 15%  - more

    Nickel miner First Quantum Minerals slashes jobs in Ravensthorpe - A nickel mining company in Western Australia's south has laid off 31 workers in response to the low price for the mineral. - more

    Vale Earnings Fall to Six-Year Low as China Steel Boom Fades - Vale SA earnings excluding items slumped to the lowest since 2009, in line with estimates, as the world’s largest iron-ore producer faces shrinking Chinese steel demand. - more

    Vale's Production Volumes of Mn Ore, FA, Ni and Co in Jan-Mar = When compared with year-earlier period, Mn ore, Ni and Co are up and FA is down = On April 22, Vale S. A., a major resource company in Brazil announced its production volumes of manganese ore, ferroalloys, nickel and cobalt in the period from January to March in 2015. - more

  Morning Nickel Price Statistics & Figures

  • Today's almost official prices here  /  Yesterday's actual LME official prices here or here
  • Shanghai Jinchuan nickel price - available here or here (updated)
  • India MCX Nickel Price - more  more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel Video - online here
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Wednesday, April 29

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Tuesday's trading session at $6.09/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.04/lb lower, with other London traded base metals trading mostly lower as well. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses continue to set records now on a daily basis, and today's new record high is 443,670 tonnes. That's 4 record highs on two weeks of nearly solid gains. It would be interesting to know what happened mid month, because since the 15th, not only have the stockpiles grown at a near consistent rate, but by large daily gains, capped by yesterday's 6,408 one day gain. Look for the bulls to put up a fight to hold onto the $6/lb level now that they have taken nickel over that mark. But with recent gains in nickel stockpiles, those gains are tenuous.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.76/lb
  • Average price of LME traded nickel in 2014 - $7.65/lb / 2013 - $6.80/lb / avg 2012 - $7.95/lb /
  • (USGS) Metal Prices in the United States Through 2010 - pdf here
  • Baltic Dry Index - (current) (chart)
  • Dollar trading graph - (chart of dollar index) (live java chart)
  • Reuters metals morning - London copper slips ahead of Fed; China actions support - more

  Reports

  Commodity/Economic Comments

  • China Stainless Steel Scrap Market News / Price - more
  • Yieh Daily Asian Stainless Steel News - more
  • Gerdau Steel Market Update - more
  • European Debt Crisis Live - more
  • Alloyed for Lasting Value video - here
  • Self Repairing for Lasting Value video - here
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel - more (video here)
  • (Tweet) Credit Suisse sees nickel going to about $7.25/lb later this year, assuming a price that keeps “high-grade NPI in production.

    Hold the nickel price elation - There’s been some salivation over the spot nickel price lately. It’s beaten to smithereens, down from around $9/lb a year ago to well under $6/lb in recent weeks. - more

    Sherritt revenue boosted by Ambatovy nickel output - Canadian miner Sherritt International Corp reported an 11 percent rise in quarterly revenue as it ramped up nickel production at its flagship mine in Madagascar and boosted output in Cuba. - more

    New Caledonia row over mine debt relief - There has been a sharp rebuke for New Caledonia's president, Philippe Germain, from his predecessor over alleged concessions for the SMSP mining company, which belongs to the mainly Kanak northern province. - more

    Jobs set to go at FQM's Ravensthorpe nickel mine - Workers are set to lose their jobs as early as Friday at Ravensthorpe nickel miner, First Quantum Minerals. - more

    A Year’s Extraction of Metal Shown Next to Landmarks and Cities - For thousands of years of development as a species, humans never really needed to understand the real meaning behind big, unreachable numbers such as billions or trillions. - more

    Nickel Asia ventures into RE to boost income - Nickel Asia Corp.’s venture into the renewable power business will generate a stream of steady income for the company amid the volatile prices of minerals, according to a market analyst. - more

  Morning Nickel Price Statistics & Figures

  • Today's almost official prices here  /  Yesterday's actual LME official prices here or here
  • Shanghai Jinchuan nickel price - available here or here (updated)
  • India MCX Nickel Price - more  more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel Video - online here
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Tuesday, April 28

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Monday's trading session at $6.11/lb . Indicators at 6:40 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.04/lb lower, with other London traded base metals trading mostly lower as well. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME licensed warehouses rose for a sixth consecutive session and set a new all time record high. Yesterday's gains was a staggering 6,408 tonnes, setting a new all time record high of 442,950 tonnes. In a few days, we have gone from possibly seeing the first month where stockpiles actually fell, to possibly seeing the largest one month gain so far this year. If this news isn't pessimistic enough for market bulls, news from Columbia tells us the strike at Cerro Matoso may end soon. More nickel coming soon.  
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.74/lb
  • Average price of LME traded nickel in 2014 - $7.65/lb / 2013 - $6.80/lb / avg 2012 - $7.95/lb /
  • (USGS) Metal Prices in the United States Through 2010 - pdf here
  • Baltic Dry Index - (current) (chart)
  • Dollar trading graph - (chart of dollar index) (live java chart)
  • Bloomberg metals morning - Nickel Retreats as Union Says Closer to Deal to End Mine Strike - more
  • Reuters metals morning - London copper near 1 week top, underpinned by Chinese stimulus hopes - more

  Reports

  Commodity/Economic Comments

  • China Stainless Steel Scrap Market News / Price - more
  • Yieh Daily Asian Stainless Steel News - more
  • Gerdau Steel Market Update - more
  • European Debt Crisis Live - more
  • Alloyed for Lasting Value video - here
  • Self Repairing for Lasting Value video - here
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel - more (video here)
  • Tropical Pacific approaches El Niño thresholds - more

     Stainless Steel Production Reaches 41.7 Million Metric Tons in 2014 - The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has released figures for the full year 2014 showing that stainless steel melt shop production increased by 8.3% year–on–year to 41.7 million metric tons (mmt). Production increased in all regions except for Central and Eastern Europe. - more

    BHPB's Production of Ferroalloys and Nickel in Jan-Mar 2015 - Production of Mn ore and ferroalloys is up from year-earlier period, but production of Ni and Mo is down = On April 22, BHP Billiton Limited (BHPB) announced its production results and sales volumes in the period from January to March in 2015 and in a period of 9 months in the fiscal year 2015. - more

    PH 2014 metal production value: P137B - The Philippines’ metallic production value grew by more than a third last year as higher nickel output offset lower metal prices and the closure of major copper mines during the period, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) said. - more

    Indonesia’s FDI Climbs 14% in Q1, Seen Growing Further This Year - Growth in foreign direct investment (FDI) commitments to Indonesia accelerated in the first quarter, a welcome sign for President Joko Widodo as he seeks to cut red tape and restore investors’ confidence in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy. - more

    SMM Nickel Industry Online Database Available Now  – Shanghai Metals Market (SMM), the leading metals information provider in China, adds China Nickel Industry Database into SMM Online Database Service, starting on Apr. 28. - more

    The need for Nickel will grow: Nickel Institute - New applications of nickel will be in millions of parts and processes, making contributions out of all proportion to the small amounts used, according to the latest Nickel Institute report. - more

    Courtesy AISI - In the week ending April 25, 2015, domestic raw steel production was 1,707,000 net tons while the capability utilization rate was 72.2 percent. Production was 1,841,000 net tons in the week ending April 25, 2014 while the capability utilization then was 76.6 percent. The current week production represents a 7.3 percent decrease from the same period in the previous year. Production for the week ending April 25, 2015 is up 3.1 percent from the previous week ending April 18, 2015 when production was 1,655,000 net tons and the rate of capability utilization was 70.0 percent.

  Morning Nickel Price Statistics & Figures

  • Today's almost official prices here  /  Yesterday's actual LME official prices here or here
  • Shanghai Jinchuan nickel price - available here or here (updated)
  • India MCX Nickel Price - more  more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel Video - online here
  • Please let us know if any of these links stop working, stop carrying info, or become available to subscriber's only. We encourage our readers to use the services of those companies who supply news and information free of charge. Contact us

Monday, April 27

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Friday's trading session at $6.02/lb . Indicators at 6:35 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.15/lb higher, with other London traded base metals trading higher as well. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME licensed warehouses rose for a fifth consecutive session and for a second day in a row, set a new all time record high, today's at 436,542 tonnes. Shanghai Metals Market reports nickel ore stockpiles at five major Chinese ports fell 110,000 tonnes last week, and now total 10.65 million tonnes. Nickel is trading much higher for a second session, helped in part by a weaker US Dollar. You have to wonder about the markets reasoning sometime. It trades lower for a month, but suddenly, on the same two days when the market returns to setting new record highs in stockpiles after a month hiatus, traders decide its time to gamble and drive prices higher. Maybe the bulls are trying to wake up their colleagues, or catch the shorts sleeping. Either way, nickel has broken thru initial support, and now has $6.44/lb as its next barrier to breech. And for the record, if Chinese stockpiles were continue to fall at the pace they did last week, China would hold another 96 weeks worth of nickel ore and might in fact run out in April as SMM forecast earlier, just not until 2017.  
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.72/lb
  • Average price of LME traded nickel in 2014 - $7.65/lb / 2013 - $6.80/lb / avg 2012 - $7.95/lb /
  • (USGS) Metal Prices in the United States Through 2010 - pdf here
  • Baltic Dry Index - (current) (chart)
  • Dollar trading graph - (chart of dollar index) (live java chart)
  • Reuters metals morning - London nickel hits one-month high on concern over looming deficit - more

  Reports

  • U.S. Imports of Stainless Steel Mill Products - more
  • Reuters Metals Insider - pdf here
  • Commonwealth Daily Alert - pdf here
  • KBC Commodity Report - here
  • Angel Metals Fundamental Report - here
  • DNB Metals Weekly - pdf here
  • Mico Metals Weekly - pdf here  
  • Hedge Equities Commodity Report - pdf here
  • MacNicol Morning Notes - pdf here
  • Mangal Commodities Metals & Energy - pdf here
  • Danske Weekly Focus - pdf here

  Commodity/Economic Comments

  • China Stainless Steel Scrap Market News / Price - more
  • Yieh Daily Asian Stainless Steel News - more
  • Gerdau Steel Market Update - more
  • European Debt Crisis Live - more
  • Alloyed for Lasting Value video - here
  • Self Repairing for Lasting Value video - here
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel - more (video here)
  • (MF) Baosteel Stainless lowers domestic stainless steel prices for May
  • (Platts) China's imports of nickel ores, concentrates in March fall 24.3% on year to 1.73 mil mt, according to customs data.

    Philippine mining regulator cautious on nickel prices - The Philippines' mining industry regulator said on Monday two new nickel mines would help boost production of the country's top metal export this year, but prices may remain weak amid tepid demand from top consumer China. - more

    Philippines replaces Indonesia to be China’s top nickel trader - The Philippines has replaced Indonesia as the biggest nickel ore exporter to China in 2015, as the result of an export ban on unprocessed nickel ore imposed in Indonesia. - more

    LME moves to cut warehouse queues faster - New measures to increase the amount of metal withdrawn from warehouses, relative to material brought in, will help to reduce queues faster at London Metal Exchange (LME) registered warehouses, the exchange said on Monday. - more

    Why Nickel is Your Best Bet for Resource Gains This Year - A huge event is playing out in the commodities markets right now. Most people don’t know about it. - more

  Morning Nickel Price Statistics & Figures

  • Today's almost official prices here  /  Yesterday's actual LME official prices here or here
  • Shanghai Jinchuan nickel price - available here or here (updated)
  • India MCX Nickel Price - more  more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel Video - online here
  • Please let us know if any of these links stop working, stop carrying info, or become available to subscriber's only. We encourage our readers to use the services of those companies who supply news and information free of charge. Contact us

Thursday, April 23

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Wednesday's trading session at $5.74/lb . Indicators at 7:00 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.02/lb lower, with other London traded base metals trading mostly lower, but for a third day, very quietly. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses rose on Wednesday and now total just over the 434,700 tonne level. Market is quiet today, with HSBC Flash PMI numbers from China disappointing. We will be traveling tomorrow, so this will be our last update for the week. Have a safe and relaxing weekend.  
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.71/lb
  • Average price of LME traded nickel in 2014 - $7.65/lb / 2013 - $6.80/lb / avg 2012 - $7.95/lb /
  • (USGS) Metal Prices in the United States Through 2010 - pdf here
  • Baltic Dry Index - (current) (chart)
  • Dollar trading graph - (chart of dollar index) (live java chart)
  • Reuters metals morning - Poor China factory data sends copper to month low - more

  Reports

  • INSG April 2015 Meetings Press Release - pdf here
  • Reuters Metals Insider - pdf here
  • Commonwealth Daily Alert - pdf here
  • KBC Commodity Report - here
  • Angel Metals Fundamental Report - here
  • DNB Metals Weekly - pdf here
  • Mico Metals Weekly - pdf here  
  • Hedge Equities Commodity Report - pdf here
  • MacNicol Morning Notes - pdf here
  • Mangal Commodities Metals & Energy - pdf here
  • Danske Weekly Focus - pdf here

  Commodity/Economic Comments

  • China Stainless Steel Scrap Market News / Price - more
  • Yieh Daily Asian Stainless Steel News - more
  • Gerdau Steel Market Update - more
  • European Debt Crisis Live - more
  • Alloyed for Lasting Value video - here
  • Self Repairing for Lasting Value video - here
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel - more (video here)
  • China April flash HSBC PMI contracts to one-year low - more

    Foreign NPI Arrivals Not to Impact China Market, SMM Interviews at SMM Nickel Summit - The arrivals of NPI shipments from Indonesia are not expected to place a big impact on China’s NPI market, according to Shanghai Metals Market’s interview at SMM Nickel Summit. - more

    Vale Posts Best Performance in Iron Ore and Nickel Output in 2015 1Q - Vale S.A. reported a strong operational performance in iron ore and nickel during the first quarter of 2015, according to its latest performance report in an e-mail to SMM. - more

    Anglo American Iron Ore Production Rises, Guidance Reiterated - Anglo American PLC Thursday reported a rise in iron ore, platinum and diamond production in the first quarter and reiterated its full-year guidance across all of its segments bar diamonds, despite copper and nickel production falling and coal giving mixed results. - more

  Morning Nickel Price Statistics & Figures

  • Today's almost official prices here  /  Yesterday's actual LME official prices here or here
  • Shanghai Jinchuan nickel price - available here or here (updated)
  • India MCX Nickel Price - more  more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel Video - online here
  • Please let us know if any of these links stop working, stop carrying info, or become available to subscriber's only. We encourage our readers to use the services of those companies who supply news and information free of charge. Contact us

Wednesday, April 22

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Tuesday's trading session at $5.76/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.01/lb lower, with other London traded base metals trading quietly mixed. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses rose on Tuesday and now totals just shy of the 434,400 tonne level. With a little over a week to go till the end of April, we could potentially see the first month where we have not seen a new record high in LME nickel stockpiles since May of 2014. SMM is predicting nickel prices will rise in the second half of 2015. And the World Steel Association is reporting global steel production is down this year.   
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.71/lb
  • Average price of LME traded nickel in 2014 - $7.65/lb / 2013 - $6.80/lb / avg 2012 - $7.95/lb /
  • (USGS) Metal Prices in the United States Through 2010 - pdf here
  • Baltic Dry Index - (current) (chart)
  • Dollar trading graph - (chart of dollar index) (live java chart)
  • Reuters metals morning - China demand angst keeps copper under pressure - more

  Reports

  Commodity/Economic Comments

  • China Stainless Steel Scrap Market News / Price - more
  • Yieh Daily Asian Stainless Steel News - more
  • Gerdau Steel Market Update - more
  • European Debt Crisis Live - more
  • Alloyed for Lasting Value video - here
  • Self Repairing for Lasting Value video - here
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel - more (video here)
  • (ET) Global demand for nickel is expected to increase to 1.94 million tonnes in 2015 versus 1.87 million in 2014, the International Nickel Study Group (INSG) said on Wednesday. At the same time, global output of nickel is expected to shrink to 1.96 million tonnes in 2015 versus 1.99 million in 2014, the Lisbon-based group said.
  • (SSY) Crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association contracted by -2.7% year-on-year in March to 138.0 Mt.

    March 2015 crude steel production - World crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 138 million tonnes (Mt) in March 2015, a -2.7% decrease compared to March 2014. - more

    China Nickel Imports and Exports Data March 2015 - The General Administration of China Customs released data of China's March imports and exports of nickel on April.22 (Unit: mt) - more

    Nickel miner reaping benefits of iron ore downturn in Western Australia - A slowdown in Western Australia's iron ore sector is having flow-on benefits for rest of the state's resources industry. - more

    Nickel: The Outperformer And Top Pick For 2015 - From today's perspective, Voisey's Bay wasn't really a great nickel discovery, but still one of the world's biggest. - more

    Over 240 mining and energy projects waiting for investors in Cuba - Cuba, the world’s sixth largest nickel producers and one of the top 10 nickel mining countries, is experiencing a sudden, but still modest, investment rush triggered by an ongoing reconciliation between the Caribbean nation and the U.S. - more

  Morning Nickel Price Statistics & Figures

  • Today's almost official prices here  /  Yesterday's actual LME official prices here or here
  • Shanghai Jinchuan nickel price - available here or here (updated)
  • India MCX Nickel Price - more  more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel Video - online here
  • Please let us know if any of these links stop working, stop carrying info, or become available to subscriber's only. We encourage our readers to use the services of those companies who supply news and information free of charge. Contact us

Tuesday, April 21

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Monday's trading session at $5.80/lb . Indicators at 6:10 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.03/lb lower, with other London traded base metals trading mixed and quietly. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses rose on Monday and now total just under the 434,000 tonne level. Nickel finally played catchup with world equity markets late yesterday afternoon, closing higher and is for the most part, holding its own today. And in light of a weaker Euro and news from worldsteel that they forecast Chinese nickel demand to be down for the next few years, is somewhat surprising. We will see if it holds.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.71/lb
  • Average price of LME traded nickel in 2014 - $7.65/lb / 2013 - $6.80/lb / avg 2012 - $7.95/lb /
  • (USGS) Metal Prices in the United States Through 2010 - pdf here
  • Baltic Dry Index - (current) (chart)
  • Dollar trading graph - (chart of dollar index) (live java chart)
  • Reuters metals morning - Copper steady, lacklustre Chinese demand caps gains - more

  Reports

  • Industrial Metals Monitor April 2015 - pdf here
  • Reuters Metals Insider - pdf here
  • Commonwealth Daily Alert - pdf here
  • KBC Commodity Report - here
  • Angel Metals Fundamental Report - here
  • DNB Metals Weekly - pdf here
  • Mico Metals Weekly - pdf here  
  • Hedge Equities Commodity Report - pdf here
  • MacNicol Morning Notes - pdf here
  • Mangal Commodities Metals & Energy - pdf here
  • Danske Weekly Focus - pdf here

  Commodity/Economic Comments

  • China Stainless Steel Scrap Market News / Price - more
  • Yieh Daily Asian Stainless Steel News - more
  • Gerdau Steel Market Update - more
  • European Debt Crisis Live - more
  • Alloyed for Lasting Value video - here
  • Self Repairing for Lasting Value video - here
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel - more (video here)

    worldsteel Short Range Outlook 2015 - 2016 - The World Steel Association (worldsteel) today released its Short Range Outlook (SRO) for 2015 and 2016. worldsteel forecasts that global apparent steel use will increase by 0.5% to 1,544 Mt in 2015 following growth of 0.6% in 2014. In 2016, it is forecast that world steel demand will grow by 1.4% and will reach 1,565 Mt - more

    Steel Demand in China Dropping Through ’16 as Growth Slows - Steel demand in China will shrink this year and next to extend the first annual contraction since 1995 as economic growth in the world’s biggest producer slows, according to the World Steel Association. - more

    White Cliff Minerals finds massive nickel sulphide targets - White Cliff Minerals' exploration for large nickel discoveries just took on new meaning as three massive nickel sulphide targets were identified at its Merolia Nickel Project, 35 kilometres from the Windarra nickel mine. - more

    BHP's baby looks well groomed for a trade sale - For those of you who follow the iron ore industry – the one that mainly emanates from Australia – you might be resiling a little at the constant bickering between the big and middle players in the industry – the big boys such as Rio and BHP oversupplying in a weak market to maintain market share, the smaller players crying out for mercy as their businesses become ever less sustainable through a 50% drop in the commodity’s price over the past six months. - more

  • Spin-off from Billiton even more of a gift - more

    Courtesy AISI - In the week ending April 18, 2015, domestic raw steel production was 1,655,000 net tons while the capability utilization rate was 70.0 percent. Production was 1,841,000 net tons in the week ending April 18, 2014 while the capability utilization then was 76.6 percent. The current week production represents a 10.1 percent decrease from the same period in the previous year. Production for the week ending April 18, 2015 is up 2.1 percent from the previous week ending April 11, 2015 when production was 1,621,000 net tons and the rate of capability utilization was 68.6 percent.

  Morning Nickel Price Statistics & Figures

  • Today's almost official prices here  /  Yesterday's actual LME official prices here or here
  • Shanghai Jinchuan nickel price - available here or here (updated)
  • India MCX Nickel Price - more  more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel Video - online here
  • Please let us know if any of these links stop working, stop carrying info, or become available to subscriber's only. We encourage our readers to use the services of those companies who supply news and information free of charge. Contact us

Monday, April 20

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Friday's trading session at $5.71/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.08/lb lower, with other London traded base metals trading mixed. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME licensed warehouses fell slightly on Friday and began the week just under the 433,750 tonne level. Shanghai Metals Market reports nickel ore stocks held at five major Chinese ports fell by 192,000 tonnes last week, to total 10.76 million tonnes. That is about 2/3 the level we saw last November, but a far cry from running out like SMM forecast it would in April. China took measures overnight to boost its economy, but so far the reaction in China has been skeptical ,with equity markets there seeing a large correction. Markets in Europe and futures in the US show a little more positive reaction, especially in light of their own large sell-off's witnessed last Friday. Nickel fell hard on Friday afternoon as well, but is showing no signs of recovery yet.  
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.72/lb
  • Average price of LME traded nickel in 2014 - $7.65/lb / 2013 - $6.80/lb / avg 2012 - $7.95/lb /
  • (USGS) Metal Prices in the United States Through 2010 - pdf here
  • Baltic Dry Index - (current) (chart)
  • Dollar trading graph - (chart of dollar index) (live java chart)
  • Reuters metals morning - Copper retreats after push to 3-week peak - more

  Reports

  • Oryx Stainless - Very far from the optimum, but still no less optimistic - pdf here
  • The Dig – Haywood Mining Team’s week in review - pdf here
  • Reuters Metals Insider - pdf here
  • Commonwealth Daily Alert - pdf here
  • KBC Commodity Report - here
  • Angel Metals Fundamental Report - here
  • DNB Metals Weekly - pdf here
  • Mico Metals Weekly - pdf here  
  • Hedge Equities Commodity Report - pdf here
  • MacNicol Morning Notes - pdf here
  • Mangal Commodities Metals & Energy - pdf here
  • Danske Weekly Focus - pdf here

  Commodity/Economic Comments

  • China Stainless Steel Scrap Market News / Price - more
  • Yieh Daily Asian Stainless Steel News - more
  • Gerdau Steel Market Update - more
  • European Debt Crisis Live - more
  • Alloyed for Lasting Value video - here
  • Self Repairing for Lasting Value video - here
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel - more (video here)
  • (SMM) Nickel prices are expected to see its 2015’s highs in July and August, Shanghai Metals Market expects. “The nickel picture is not rosy, and LME nickel prices will range $11,500-16,000 per tonne for the whole year,” SMM’s nickel analyst said ....
  • (SMM) Tsingshan Group put its phase 1 project in Indonesia, including 300,000-tpy NPI project and two 65 MW power stations, into operation in April. The first shipment from the project, carrying 22,000 tonnes of NPI, arrived in China in early April.
  • Central bank lowers reserve ratio - more
  • Hong Kong, mainland China shares hit by sell-offs despite policy easing - more

    Philippines likely to ban export of nickel ore, says consultancy - To take full advantage of its booming nickel production, there is internal pressure on the Philippines to encourage local beneficiation and ban the export of ore, says mining consultancy firm Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. - more

    FNI unit sees another banner year for nickel ore exports  - Global Ferronickel Holdings Inc. said its unit, Platinum Group Metals Corp. (PGMC), is expecting another record year for its nickel ore exports after kicking off its 2015 operations early. - more

  • Miner expects nickel exports to reach record levels after orders arrive earlier - more

    TNMC found guilty of worker’s fatal death - The Chief magistrate here, Gaedupe Makgatho has ruled that Tati Nickel Mining Company was negligent in the accident that claimed the life of Ntsesang Raditsebe, 30, on its premises. - more

    Russian Nickel May Become Deliverable Brand in Shanghai Futures Exchange – Russian nickel will likely become deliverable brand in Shanghai Futures Exchange, an official from the Exchange said. - more

  Morning Nickel Price Statistics & Figures

  • Today's almost official prices here  /  Yesterday's actual LME official prices here or here
  • Shanghai Jinchuan nickel price - available here or here (updated)
  • India MCX Nickel Price - more  more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel Video - online here
  • Please let us know if any of these links stop working, stop carrying info, or become available to subscriber's only. We encourage our readers to use the services of those companies who supply news and information free of charge. Contact us

Friday, April 17

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Thursday's trading session at $5.80/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.01/lb lower, with other London traded base metals trading quietly and mixed. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses rose on Thursday and now total just over the 433,750 tonne level. Nickel rose for the week, but so far, remains below the $13,000/tonne level where it spent the latter half of March. The International Nickel Study Group is reporting nickel supply/demand numbers are not meeting expectations and March surplus numbers were the highest recorded since December 2013, the month before Indonesia cut off exports of unprocessed ore. Labor difficulties at nickel operations in Madagascar and Columbia helped give nickel some support, with speculation China will be forced to take further measures to stimulate its economy also helping. Have a safe and relaxing weekend and if you are in the US, go visit a National Park - it's free this weekend.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.71/lb
  • Average price of LME traded nickel in 2014 - $7.65/lb / 2013 - $6.80/lb / avg 2012 - $7.95/lb /
  • (USGS) Metal Prices in the United States Through 2010 - pdf here
  • Baltic Dry Index - (current) (chart)
  • Dollar trading graph - (chart of dollar index) (live java chart)
  • Reuters metals morning - Tin tumbles to lowest since 2009 on supply glut - more

  Reports

  Commodity/Economic Comments

  • China Stainless Steel Scrap Market News / Price - more
  • Yieh Daily Asian Stainless Steel News - more
  • Gerdau Steel Market Update - more
  • European Debt Crisis Live - more
  • Alloyed for Lasting Value video - here
  • Self Repairing for Lasting Value video - here
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel - more (video here)
  • (Reuters) The global nickel surplus jumped to 20,300 tonnes in February from 6,400 tonnes a year ago, the International Nickel Study Group said on Thursday. The February figure was also above January's 4,700 tonne surplus and was the highest monthly surplus since December 2013.

    Japan ferrochrome: Falling prices attract bargain hunters - Japanese spot high-carbon ferrochrome import prices fell this week on dull demand, leading to a pick-up in spot demand among bargain hunters. - more

    Nickel miner TVI may delay Philippine IPO due to weak metal prices - TVI Resources Development Phils. Inc, a Philippine nickel miner partly owned by Canada's TVI Pacific Inc, may push back a planned initial public offering to next year if metal prices remain depressed, its chairman said on Friday. - more

    Zimbabwe: Bnc Nickel Sales Jump 49 Percent - Mwana Africa says sales of nickel in concentrate at Bindura Nickel Corporation rose by 49 percent to 2 072 tonnes in the fourth quarter as refurbished equipment was brought back into operation. - more

    BHP Billiton plc Is Facing An Unprecedented Number Of Problems! - BHP Billiton will be glad to see the back of 2015. Indeed, even though we’re barely four months into the year, the company has already been hit by a wave of bad news and things could get a lot worse. - more

  Morning Nickel Price Statistics & Figures

  • Today's almost official prices here  /  Yesterday's actual LME official prices here or here
  • Shanghai Jinchuan nickel price - available here or here (updated)
  • India MCX Nickel Price - more  more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel Video - online here
  • Please let us know if any of these links stop working, stop carrying info, or become available to subscriber's only. We encourage our readers to use the services of those companies who supply news and information free of charge. Contact us

Thursday, April 16

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Wednesday's trading session at $5.75/lb . Indicators at 6.45 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.07/lb higher, with other London traded base metals trading higher as well. Stockpiles of nickel took a big bounce on Wednesday and now total just shy of the 433,150 tonne level. With multiple strikes happening in Columbia nd Madagascar, you would think nickel might be finding some enthusiastic support, but in reality, its increase percentile in morning trading, is lagging behind most London traded base metals. There is speculation that China's GDP readings yesterday could force officials there to add stimulus measures to keep their people employed, and infrastructure investments could be targeted. 
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.69/lb
  • Average price of LME traded nickel in 2014 - $7.65/lb / 2013 - $6.80/lb / avg 2012 - $7.95/lb /
  • (USGS) Metal Prices in the United States Through 2010 - pdf here
  • Baltic Dry Index - (current) (chart)
  • Dollar trading graph - (chart of dollar index) (live java chart)
  • Reuters metals morning - Copper climbs on rally in Chinese share, stimulus hopes - more

  Reports

  Commodity/Economic Comments

  • China Stainless Steel Scrap Market News / Price - more
  • Yieh Daily Asian Stainless Steel News - more
  • Gerdau Steel Market Update - more
  • European Debt Crisis Live - more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel - more
  • (MSCI) In March 2015, U.S. service center steel shipments decreased a tenth of a percent from March 2014. Steel product inventories increased 15.6% over March a year ago.
  • China finds 1.99 million mt new copper reserves in 2014: CGS - more
  • Japan bumps China as top holder of US Treasury debt - more

    Canada's Sherritt confirms strike at Madagascar plant - Diversified Canadian miner Sherritt International Corp said on Wednesday that some employees went on strike from Monday at its Ambatovy processing plant near Toamasina, Madagascar. - more

    Will Rising Momentum in Nickel Market Continue after Two-day Gains? SMM Interview – The July contract in Shanghai Futures Exchange ended up 1.52% at 95,400 yuan per tonne on Apr. 16. - more

    China's March crude steel output rises 12% on month to 69.48 mil mt - China produced 69.48 million mt of crude steel in March, up by 12% from February's 61.95 million mt, but down 1% from the same month last year, data released Wednesday, April 15, by the National Bureau of Statistics showed. - more

    Shanghai Pan Pacific to Invest to Build First Pacific Nickel Industrial Park in Indonesia - Shanghai Pan Pacific Group will lead to invest $2 billion to build First Pacific Nickel Industrial Park in Indonesia, eastday.com reported. - more

    Stock link brightens LME hopes to push into China - The London Metal Exchange expects to make its first foray into the lucrative mainland Chinese market in the next year or so as the stocks through train pries open the world's biggest commodities market, its chief executive said. - more

    Anti-mining groups question reinstatement of ECC to mining firm in Mindoro - A unit of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines on Wednesday questioned the government's reinstatement of Intex Resources’ Environmental Compliance Certificate for its Mindoro Nickel Project. - more

    Mwana Africa Gold Production And Nickel Sales Up, Diamond Sales Down - Mwana Africa PLC on Thursday said its gold production and nickel sales both rose in the final quarter of its financial year, while it made progress on restarting its Bindura smelter but saw a big drop in diamond sales. - more

  Morning Nickel Price Statistics & Figures

  • Today's almost official prices here  /  Yesterday's actual LME official prices here or here
  • Shanghai Jinchuan nickel price - available here or here (updated)
  • India MCX Nickel Price - more  more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel Video - online here
  • Please let us know if any of these links stop working, stop carrying info, or become available to subscriber's only. We encourage our readers to use the services of those companies who supply news and information free of charge. Contact us

Wednesday, April 15

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Tuesday's trading session at $5.73/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.01/lb lower, with other London traded base metals trading mostly higher. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses rose on Tuesday and started today near the 432,000 tonne level. Nickel is doing very little today, finding some support from the strike at Cerro Matoso, while losing some from disappointing economic news out of China. The long term trend remains sideways, with little reason to believe that will change anytime soon.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.70/lb
  • Average price of LME traded nickel in 2014 - $7.65/lb / 2013 - $6.80/lb / avg 2012 - $7.95/lb /
  • (USGS) Metal Prices in the United States Through 2010 - pdf here
  • Baltic Dry Index - (current) (chart)
  • Dollar trading graph - (chart of dollar index) (live java chart)
  • Reuters metals morning - London copper steady as weak China growth boosts stimulus hopes - more

  Reports

  • Damstahl Stainless Steel Report - April 2015 - pdf here
  • Sucden Metals Market Report - April 2015 - pdf here
  • Reuters Metals Insider - pdf here
  • Commonwealth Daily Alert - pdf here
  • KBC Commodity Report - here
  • Angel Metals Fundamental Report - here
  • DNB Metals Weekly - pdf here
  • Mico Metals Weekly - pdf here  
  • Hedge Equities Commodity Report - pdf here
  • MacNicol Morning Notes - pdf here
  • Mangal Commodities Metals & Energy - pdf here
  • Danske Weekly Focus - pdf here

  Commodity/Economic Comments

  • China Stainless Steel Scrap Market News / Price - more
  • Yieh Daily Asian Stainless Steel News - more
  • Gerdau Steel Market Update - more
  • European Debt Crisis Live - more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel - more
  • (Reuters) China's crude steel output fell 1.2 percent from a year ago to 69.48 million tonnes in March, government data showed on Wednesday, as softening demand and tough environmental checks forced mills to cut output. Steelmakers in the world's top producer of the alloy have warned that production could come under further pressure and more domestic firms could go under this year as the industry comes to terms with a massive glut.
  • China’s slowest quarterly growth in six years raises fears over nation’s job stability - more
  • The Index of Small Business Optimism fell 2.8 points to 95.2, the lowest reading since June of 2014 - more
  • Here’s where your tax dollars go - more

    China nickel prices get boost on worries over exchange-approved supply - The six Chinese producers approved to supply nickel against the Shanghai Futures Exchange's new contract for the metal may not be able to provide sufficient output to fill July deliveries, yielding a bump in prices in the near term in China. - more

    Material Matters: Outlook, Copper, Aluminium, Nickel, Iron Ore And Gold - Citi suspects commodities may be reaching a short-term trough, despite soft markets amidst lacklustre growth and robust increases in supply. - more

    Nickel Asia almost doubles Q1 shipments to P2.84B - Nickel Asia Corporation (NAC) said the estimated value of shipments of its four operating mines almost doubled to P2.84 billion in the first quarter this year, mainly driven by higher nickel price. - more

    ‘Weak commodity prices may assail sub-Saharan economic growth’ - A World Bank report has projected that sub-Saharan Africa will experience a slow growth of four per cent in 2015 from 4.5 per cent in 2014, due to the weak commodity prices and fall in oil prices. - more

    City backs deep mining project in Sudbury - Sudbury's Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation is getting a big boost. City council voted unanimously on Tuesday to invest $200,000 per year for the next five years in CEMI, for its commercialization attainment project (CAP). - more

  Morning Nickel Price Statistics & Figures

  • Today's almost official prices here  /  Yesterday's actual LME official prices here or here
  • Shanghai Jinchuan nickel price - available here or here (updated)
  • India MCX Nickel Price - more  more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel Video - online here
  • Please let us know if any of these links stop working, stop carrying info, or become available to subscriber's only. We encourage our readers to use the services of those companies who supply news and information free of charge. Contact us

Tuesday, April 14

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Monday's trading session at $5.68/lb . Indicators at 7:00 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.10/lb lower, with other London traded base metals trading lower as well. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses rose slightly on Monday and now total just over the 431,300 tonne level. Nickel looked like it might get a boost from the Cerro Matoso strike that begins later today, but the rout that began in yesterday's trading, has apparently not run its course yet.  Nickel is down sharply with support at $5.59/lb looking to potentially be tested. It is possible the strike could help the support level hold, but with over 431,000 tonnes of nickel sitting in LME warehouses, it would take strikes at a lot of Cerro Matoso sized mines to stir in enthusiasm in traders. Still, traders are looking for 'any' news that might give nickel a lift, and an earlier strike at this mine helped stabilize prices for a time. Short term trend remains negative, and long term looks to be sideways to slightly negative. Coupe of the large banks cut their nickel forecasts for 2015 - posted below.  
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.72/lb
  • Average price of LME traded nickel in 2014 - $7.65/lb / 2013 - $6.80/lb / avg 2012 - $7.95/lb
  • (USGS) Metal Prices in the United States Through 2010 - pdf here
  • Baltic Dry Index - (current) (chart)
  • Dollar trading graph - (chart of dollar index) (live java chart)
  • Bloomberg metals morning - Industrial Metals Fall Before China GDP; Copper Hits 3-Week Low - more
  • Reuters metals morning - Copper falls to a 4-week low ahead of China's growth data - more

  Reports

  Commodity/Economic Comments

  • China Stainless Steel Scrap Market News / Price - more
  • Yieh Daily Asian Stainless Steel News - more
  • Gerdau Steel Market Update - more
  • European Debt Crisis Live - more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel - more
  • (Tweet) Bank of America lowers average 2015 nickel price forecast by 14.3% to $15,220/t, cuts 2016 view by 18.5% to $18,125/t
  • (Tweet) Citi Bank cuts 2015 avg nickel forecast by 21.2% to $15,555/t
  • Next commodity boom a generation away, says Deltec - more
  • Australia's Fortescue tells miners to work more as iron ore price sinks - more
  • Mindoro JV Completes Three Nickel Laterite DSO Shipments in March for US$1.93 Million - more
  • Russia to compete with China and South Korea for Indonesian market - more
  • China's foreign trade continues to weaken - more
  • Tropical Pacific Ocean primed for El Niño in 2015 - more

     Zero hour to strike at Cerro Matoso - The nickel production at Cerro Matoso could suffer from today, announcing the strike from 3pm workers union so consider the unilateral imposition of an increase in working hours from 8 to 12 hours in some functions. - more (poorly translated) (non translated version here)

    New Caledonia president wants bigger stake in nickel mining - The president of the New Caledonian government, Philippe Germain, has proposed talks to boost the government's stake in the mining company Societe Le Nickel or SLN to 51% of its capital - more

    US Nickel scrap exports declined in February - The latest statistics released by the US Department of Commerce (DOC) indicates that the country’s Nickel scrap exports declined sharply by 23% in February this year when compared with the previous month. - more

    Norilsk Sees Nickel in Cars Tripling as Tesla Drives Sales - Nickel demand from the auto industry is set to rise as much as threefold in five years as output of electric and hybrid cars gathers pace, according to Russia’s largest producer of the metal. - more

    ‘Mining at the Crossroads’ - The recent Tempo weekly news magazine’s English edition focusing on “Mining at the Crossroads” in Indonesia was extremely timely and very informative.- more

    Courtesy AISI - In the week ending April 11, 2015, domestic raw steel production was 1,621,000 net tons while the capability utilization rate was 68.6 percent. Production was 1,841,000 net tons in the week ending April 11, 2014 while the capability utilization then was 76.6 percent. The current week production represents a 12.0 percent decrease from the same period in the previous year. Production for the week ending April 11, 2015 is up 1.3 percent from the previous week ending April 4, 2015 when production was 1,600,000 net tons and the rate of capability utilization was 67.7 percent.

  Morning Nickel Price Statistics & Figures

  • Today's almost official prices here  /  Yesterday's actual LME official prices here or here
  • Shanghai Jinchuan nickel price - available here or here (updated)
  • India MCX Nickel Price - more  more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel Video - online here
  • Please let us know if any of these links stop working, stop carrying info, or become available to subscriber's only. We encourage our readers to use the services of those companies who supply news and information free of charge. Contact us

Monday, April 13

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Friday's trading session at $5.76/lb . Indicators at 6:45 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.02/lb lower, with other London traded base metals trading mostly lower as well. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses fell slightly on Friday and now total just over the 431,200 tonne level. Shanghai Metals Market reports nickel ore stockpiles held at five major China ports fell 143,000 tonnes last week to 10.95 million tonnes. Deutsche Bank is announcing its time to start buying nickel again, while some of their counterparts aren't. We have links to a few reports and articles on a few more below.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.72/lb
  • Average price of LME traded nickel in 2014 - $7.65/lb / 2013 - $6.80/lb / avg 2012 - $7.95/lb /
  • (USGS) Metal Prices in the United States Through 2010 - pdf here
  • Baltic Dry Index - (current) (chart)
  • Dollar trading graph - (chart of dollar index) (live java chart)
  • Reuters metals morning - China copper import surge boosts prices - more

  Reports

  Commodity/Economic Comments

  • China Stainless Steel Scrap Market News / Price - more
  • Yieh Daily Asian Stainless Steel News - more
  • Gerdau Steel Market Update - more
  • European Debt Crisis Live - more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel - more
  • Dar port pins hopes on Central Corridor rail scheme - more
  • Commodities outlook for 2015: The four key sectors - more
  • World Bank slices growth forecasts for China, East Asia - more
  • China's foreign trade continues to weaken - more
  • Weak China trade data hammers Aussie, weighs on Europe shares - more
  • US steel shipments plunged 11% in February - more
  • Canada Fastener Exports Jump in 2014 - more

    Deutsche Bank: It's perfect time to buy Nickel - The capitulation on nickel is understandable. Weak stainless steel demand compounded by destocking in a traditional restocking period, combined with growing uncertainty over Philippine ore exports have undermined the bull case. - more

    Citigroup Cuts Metals to Iron Forecasts as China Growth Slows - Citigroup Inc. cut price forecasts for industrial metals and iron ore by as much as 50 percent amid signs Chinese demand is waning as economic growth in the world’s biggest consumer slows. - more

    China commodities imports resume after holiday but demand weak - China's commodities imports generally rose in March on a month earlier as shipments resumed after the Lunar New Year holiday, but analysts pointed to still weak demand for goods ranging from iron ore to coal and soybeans. - more

    April Ni SUS Scrap Purchase Starts with Price Cut of JPY5,000/10,000 = Ni price is down, and some mills will cut price further by JPY5,000 this week = The mainstream price for April purchase of nickel-containing stainless steel scrap (SABOT) by Japanese Stainless Steel mills is JPY150,000 - JPY155,000 per ton (delivered at factory) which represents a decrease of JPY5,000 - JPY10,000 versus early March. - more

    New association to cut Beijing steel industry smog - Steel companies, research centers and environmental groups in Beijing and its surrounding area have formed a new association to control air pollution. - more

    Tinkler to advise junior nickel miner - Former mining magnate Nathan Tinkler has picked up a job as an advisor to nickel explorer Rumble Resources as he steps up his return to the resources sector. - more

    How Carbon Emissions Reductions Will Alter Supply Chains - Although the world is moving closer to an international agreement on climate policy, any deal will likely run into the same problems previous iterations have: enforcing binding legislation. - more

  Morning Nickel Price Statistics & Figures

  • Today's almost official prices here  /  Yesterday's actual LME official prices here or here
  • Shanghai Jinchuan nickel price - available here or here (updated)
  • India MCX Nickel Price - more  more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel Video - online here
  • Please let us know if any of these links stop working, stop carrying info, or become available to subscriber's only. We encourage our readers to use the services of those companies who supply news and information free of charge. Contact us

Friday, April 10

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Thursday's trading session at $5.68/lb . Indicators at 7:00 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.10/lb higher, with other London traded base metals trading higher as well. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses rose slightly on Thursday and now total just under the 431,300 tonne level. Even with the Euro trading at a three week low against the US Dollar, base metals are rallying this morning. It's been another quiet week on the nickel and stainless steel fundamental watch and as one analyst stated - "we are stuck in no man's land". What will next week bring? Stay tuned. Have a safe and relaxing weekend.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.72/lb
  • Average price of LME traded nickel in 2014 - $7.65/lb / 2013 - $6.80/lb / avg 2012 - $7.95/lb /
  • (USGS) Metal Prices in the United States Through 2010 - pdf here
  • Baltic Dry Index - (current) (chart)
  • Dollar trading graph - (chart of dollar index) (live java chart)
  • Reuters metals morning - Copper rallies, lead and zinc hit new multi-month highs - more

  Reports

  • Nickel on multi year rectangle - more
  • Reuters Metals Insider - pdf here
  • Commonwealth Daily Alert - pdf here
  • KBC Commodity Report - here
  • Angel Metals Fundamental Report - here
  • DNB Metals Weekly - pdf here
  • Mico Metals Weekly - pdf here  
  • Hedge Equities Commodity Report - pdf here
  • MacNicol Morning Notes - pdf here
  • Mangal Commodities Metals & Energy - pdf here
  • Danske Weekly Focus - pdf here

  Commodity/Economic Comments

  • China Stainless Steel Scrap Market News / Price - more
  • Yieh Daily Asian Stainless Steel News - more
  • Gerdau Steel Market Update - more
  • European Debt Crisis Live - more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel - more
  • Hong Kong’s Noble Group slams Muddy Waters report as inaccurate - more

    Japan ferrochrome: India's export rebate, nickel prices deter trade - Spot trade in high-carbon ferrochrome in Japan was thin this week, deterred by changes in India's export rebate rate and a fall in nickel prices, market sources said Friday, April 10. - more

    Forecast on Demand for Special Steel During April to June 2015 = Down from both prior period and year-earlier period, and both domestic and foreign demands are weak = The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry made clear its forecast on the demand for special steel products during April to June in 2015 in its lecture made in the meeting held by Special Steel Association of Japan. - more

    Nickel Asia in expansion mode despite weak metal prices - Nickel Asia Corp, the Philippines' top nickel ore producer and exporter, said on Friday it will acquire stakes in two smaller miners to expand its resource base by 24 percent, keeping an upbeat view on global demand despite falling prices. - more

  Morning Nickel Price Statistics & Figures

  • Today's almost official prices here  /  Yesterday's actual LME official prices here or here
  • Shanghai Jinchuan nickel price - available here or here (updated)
  • India MCX Nickel Price - more  more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel Video - online here
  • Please let us know if any of these links stop working, stop carrying info, or become available to subscriber's only. We encourage our readers to use the services of those companies who supply news and information free of charge. Contact us

Thursday, April 9

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Wednesday's trading session at $5.69/lb . Indicators at 6:50 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.01/lb higher, with other London traded base metals trading mixed and quiet as well. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses fell on Wednesday and now total just over the 431,150 tonne level. LME inventory levels remain above where they were at the start of March, but just barely. While Greece making debt payments is getting attention for its effect on the Euro, eyes are on China for signs of recovery in stainless steel demand.  
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.73/lb
  • Average price of LME traded nickel in 2014 - $7.65/lb / 2013 - $6.80/lb / avg 2012 - $7.95/lb /
  • (USGS) Metal Prices in the United States Through 2010 - pdf here
  • Baltic Dry Index - (current) (chart)
  • Dollar trading graph - (chart of dollar index) (live java chart)
  • Reuters metals morning - Aluminium drops on oversupply worries; lead and zinc rally - more

  Reports

  Commodity/Economic Comments

  • China Stainless Steel Scrap Market News / Price - more
  • Yieh Daily Asian Stainless Steel News - more
  • Gerdau Steel Market Update - more
  • European Debt Crisis Live - more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel - more
  • China's iron ore tax cut puts heat on Australian miners - more

    Marex Spectron's Market Analytics team detects reasons for optimism in Nickel.- Guy Wolf, Global Head of Market Analytics at Marex Spectron, said: "It would take a brave man to call the lows in Nickel whilst warehouse stocks continue to climb, but we have possibly seen the first minor piece of evidence that we may be close to the floor. - more

    Import of SUS Products in February 2015 Is 12,030 Tons = Down by 14% from prior month, and import from Taiwan is grossly down = The import volume of stainless steel products in February 2015 which was compiled by the Japan Iron and Steel Federation based on the trade statistics prepared by the Ministry of Finance was 12,030 tons, down by 14.0% from 13,988 tons of the prior month. - more

    Global mining deals to pick up this year: SNL Metals & Mining - The number of mining deals worldwide increased in 2014 and this trend is likely to continue this year amid an ongoing commodity price rout that has forced miners to slash capital spending and cut costs, a study released April 8 shows. - more

  Morning Nickel Price Statistics & Figures

  • Today's almost official prices here  /  Yesterday's actual LME official prices here or here
  • Shanghai Jinchuan nickel price - available here or here (updated)
  • India MCX Nickel Price - more  more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel Video - online here
  • Please let us know if any of these links stop working, stop carrying info, or become available to subscriber's only. We encourage our readers to use the services of those companies who supply news and information free of charge. Contact us

Wednesday, April 8

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Tuesday's trading session at $5.74/lb . Indicators at 7:00 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.07/lb higher, with other London traded base metals mostly high, but quieter. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses fell on Monday and now total just under the 431,400 tonne level. Support at $5.60/lb remains in place and went untested yesterday. $5.70/lb was hit three times in yesterday's trading, but in each case, nickel bounced off that level. We linked to a BBC 2014 documentary below - well worth watching if you have the time. And Nickel Magazine's newest issue has been published online - also linked below.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.72/lb
  • Average price of LME traded nickel in 2014 - $7.65/lb / 2013 - $6.80/lb / avg 2012 - $7.95/lb /
  • (USGS) Metal Prices in the United States Through 2010 - pdf here
  • Baltic Dry Index - (current) (chart)
  • Dollar trading graph - (chart of dollar index) (live java chart)
  • Reuters metals morning - Lead touches 2-1/2 month peak as inventories erode - more

  Reports

  Commodity/Economic Comments

  • China Stainless Steel Scrap Market News / Price - more
  • Yieh Daily Asian Stainless Steel News - more
  • Gerdau Steel Market Update - more
  • European Debt Crisis Live - more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel - more
  • (Twitter) China nickel pig iron output unsustainable at current 30,000 mt level given current nickel prices, says Macquarie.
  • More high-cost Chinese iron ore mines to be shut this year as prices tipped to sink further - more
  • U.S. Fastener Imports and Exports Both Decline in February - more

    Shanghai nickel slides 3 pct on China construction worries - Shanghai nickel slid 3 percent on Wednesday, echoing losses in London, on concerns that China's struggling construction sector would corrode demand for the stainless steel ingredient. - more

    Botwana’s BCL picks up Norilsk Nickel Africa assets for $337M - Russia’s OJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel will soon depart entirely from its African portfolio as its exit strategy from Norilsk Nickel Africa (in Botswana and South Africa) nears completion. - more

    Price of South African Charge Chrome for Japan Fixed at US Cents 116 = No big change in demand and supply, and price remains unchanged from prior period = On April 2, the negotiation on the benchmark price of South African charge chrome meant for Japan as shipments during April to June in 2015 came to an agreement with a result of the price being fixed at US Cents 116 per lb, which remains unchanged from the prior period. - more

    Commerzbank expects Nickel to fall further in coming months - Nickel futures prices surged after profit-taking by shorts on April 02. SHFE 1507 nickel rallied up by 3.54% to close at 96,160 yuan per ton and LME, as of 15:07 Beijing time, traded at $12,920 per ton, up 1.69%. - more

    Courtesy AISI - In the week ending April 4, 2015, domestic raw steel production was 1,600,000 net tons while the capability utilization rate was 67.7 percent. Production was 1,853,000 net tons in the week ending April 4, 2014 while the capability utilization then was 77.1 percent. The current week production represents a 13.7 percent decrease from the same period in the previous year. Production for the week ending April 4, 2015 is down 1.7 percent from the previous week ending March 28, 2015 when production was 1,628,000 net tons and the rate of capability utilization was 68.9 percent.

    How China Fooled The World- 2014 - BBC's Robert Peston travels to China to investigate how this mighty economic giant could actually be in serious trouble. - documentary here

  Morning Nickel Price Statistics & Figures

  • Today's almost official prices here  /  Yesterday's actual LME official prices here or here
  • Shanghai Jinchuan nickel price - available here or here (updated)
  • India MCX Nickel Price - more  more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel Video - online here
  • Please let us know if any of these links stop working, stop carrying info, or become available to subscriber's only. We encourage our readers to use the services of those companies who supply news and information free of charge. Contact us

Tuesday, April 7

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Thursday's trading session at $5.90/lb . Indicators at 6:50 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.18/lb lower, with other London traded base metals trading higher. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses rose on Thursday and start this week just under the 432,000 tonne level. Shanghai Metals Market is reporting nickel ore stockpiles at five major Chinese ports fell 55,000 tonnes last week and now total 11.095 million tonnes. While the Chinese numbers are still fading, they stand about 11 million tonnes over where SMM forecast they would be in April in a prediction a few months back. And while that was an incredibly bold prediction, many such forecasts have proved totally wrong this year, as the lack of demand in stainless steel production is silencing forecasts of nose diving nickel stockpiles. We show support at $5.60/lb, with strong support at $5.40/lb. After a four day holiday break, traders have returned to the trading floor in a very bearish mood.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.73/lb
  • Average price of LME traded nickel in 2014 - $7.65/lb / 2013 - $6.80/lb / avg 2012 - $7.95/lb /
  • (USGS) Metal Prices in the United States Through 2010 - pdf here
  • Baltic Dry Index - (current) (chart)
  • Dollar trading graph - (chart of dollar index) (live java chart)
  • Reuters metals morning - Nickel tumbles as funds renew assault; copper ticks higher - more

  Reports

  • U.S. Imports of Stainless Steel Mill Products - more
  • U.S. Exports of Stainless Steel Mill Products - more
  • TD Commodity Price Report - pdf here
  • Steel Founders' Society Of America April 2015 Casteel Reporter - pdf here
  • Reuters Metals Insider - pdf here
  • Commonwealth Daily Alert - pdf here
  • KBC Commodity Report - here
  • Angel Metals Fundamental Report - here
  • DNB Metals Weekly - pdf here
  • Mico Metals Weekly - pdf here  
  • Hedge Equities Commodity Report - pdf here
  • MacNicol Morning Notes - pdf here
  • Mangal Commodities Metals & Energy - pdf here
  • Danske Weekly Focus - pdf here

  Commodity/Economic Comments

  • China Stainless Steel Scrap Market News / Price - more
  • Yieh Daily Asian Stainless Steel News - more
  • Gerdau Steel Market Update - more
  • European Debt Crisis Live - more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel - more
  • POSCO subcontractor raided - more
  • World Economy Ready to Bounce After Sluggish Opening to 2015 - more
  • U.S. Fastener Exports & Imports Increased in 2014 - more

    Thompson miners safe after underground fire - All of the miners who were stuck underground after a fire broke out in a northern Manitoba nickel mine have safely returned to the surface. - more

    Russian Project Brings Impact Of Underground And Open Pit Mining To The Surface - Russian nickel exploration and development company Amur Minerals Corporation has recently announced the potential of an underground mine in conjunction with an open pit mine in its Kun-Manienickel copper sulfide project, particularly at the MalyKurumkon / Flangovy, Vodorazdelny, Ikenskoe / Sobolevsky, and Kubuk deposits. - more

    Negotiations on CR Austenitic Stainless Sheets = They cool further in falling of the LME nickel price below $6 = As the LME nickel price has fallen below the level of $6 per pound, a further cooling down in the Japanese mills' future negotiations on cold-rolled (CR) austenitic stainless steel sheets for Asia is felt. - more

    Sumitomo Metal Mining's FY2015 Plan for Nickel Production = Production of Fe-Ni decreases to 20,000 tons, whereas production of electrolytic Ni increases to 63,800 tons = According to the summary of the plan for metal production Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. released on April 1, the Company's production volume of ferro-nickel (in pure Ni equivalent) planned for the fiscal year 2015 (April 2015 - March 2016) is 20,000 tons (10,000 tons in the former half and 10,000 tons in the latter half).  - more

    China's crude steel output down 1.5% in Jan-Feb to 130.5 mln tons - China, the world's largest steel producer, saw its crude steel output fall 1.5% year on year to 130.53 million tons in the first two months of this year, according to the latest statistics released by the National Development and Reform Commission. - more

    Fate of iron ore’s recovery rests with China and Australia - China and Australia, two economic powerhouses on opposite sides of the supply-demand equation, are critical to iron ore’s recovery—and by most accounts it may be a lost cause. - more

  Morning Nickel Price Statistics & Figures

  • Today's almost official prices here  /  Yesterday's actual LME official prices here or here
  • Shanghai Jinchuan nickel price - available here or here (updated)
  • India MCX Nickel Price - more  more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel Video - online here
  • Please let us know if any of these links stop working, stop carrying info, or become available to subscriber's only. We encourage our readers to use the services of those companies who supply news and information free of charge. Contact us

Thursday, April 2

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Wednesday's trading session at $5.77/lb . Indicators at 7:00 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.12/lb higher, with other London traded base metals trading mixed and much quieter. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses fell for a third consecutive day on Wednesday and now total just under the 431,800 tonne level. Nickel is benefitting from a stronger Euro today, which is adding positive momentum to a two day bullish bump. Watch the LME inventory numbers closely. The pace of growth in the numbers has slowed dramatically in the last few months, and at the moment, have nearly fallen below where they started March at. If the current pace continues, we cold see April register as our first deficit month in years. The London Metal Exchange is closed tomorrow for Good Friday and on Monday for Easter. Will this four day holiday rob nickel of its momentum? Join us next week and find out. We will take a break as well, so our next update will be next week when markets re-open. Have a safe and relaxing weekend.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.59/lb
  • Average price of LME traded nickel in 2014 - $7.65/lb / 2013 - $6.80/lb / avg 2012 - $7.95/lb /
  • (USGS) Metal Prices in the United States Through 2010 - pdf here
  • Baltic Dry Index - (current) (chart)
  • Dollar trading graph - (chart of dollar index) (live java chart)
  • Bloomberg metals morning - Nickel Extends Gains Before U.S. Data as China Shows Expansion - more
  • Reuters metals morning - Nickel up as investors seek bargains; copper dips - more

  Reports

  • Scrap Metals MarketWatch - APR 2015 - more
  • Reuters Metals Insider - pdf here
  • Commonwealth Daily Alert - pdf here
  • KBC Commodity Report - here
  • Angel Metals Fundamental Report - here
  • DNB Metals Weekly - pdf here
  • Mico Metals Weekly - pdf here  
  • Hedge Equities Commodity Report - pdf here
  • MacNicol Morning Notes - pdf here
  • Mangal Commodities Metals & Energy - pdf here
  • Danske Weekly Focus - pdf here

  Commodity/Economic Comments

  • China Stainless Steel Scrap Market News / Price - more
  • Yieh Daily Asian Stainless Steel News - more
  • Gerdau Steel Market Update - more
  • European Debt Crisis Live - more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel - more
  • Iron Ore Seen Extending Slump Below $50 as BHP, Rio Decline - more
  • World food prices hit lowest in nearly 5 years last month - U.N. FAO - more

    What Direction Will Nickel Go after Today Rallies? SMM Interviews - On Apr. 2, nickel futures prices surged after profit-taking by shorts. SHFE 1507 nickel rallied up by 3.54% to close at 96,160 yuan per tonne, and LME, as of 15:07 Beijing time, traded at $12,920 per tonne, up 1.69%. - more

    Brazil, Russia to become leading sources of Nickel - When it comes to nickel, two countries are seen as leading sources. According to reports, Brazil’s Vale nickel output is so high that even its executives are baffled with its success. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, Russia’s Amur Minerals Corporation is on its way to exploring one of the biggest nickel deposits globally. - more

  Morning Nickel Price Statistics & Figures

  • Today's almost official prices here  /  Yesterday's actual LME official prices here or here
  • Shanghai Jinchuan nickel price - available here or here (updated)
  • India MCX Nickel Price - more  more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel Video - online here
  • Please let us know if any of these links stop working, stop carrying info, or become available to subscriber's only. We encourage our readers to use the services of those companies who supply news and information free of charge. Contact us

Wednesday, April 1

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Tuesday's trading session at $5.61/lb . Indicators at 6:40 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.04/lb higher, with other London traded base metals trading mixed and quietly. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses fell on Tuesday and now total just shy of the 433,000 tonne level. It's the first day of the second quarter of 2015, and traders of nickel are hoping it is not a repeat fo the first quarter. Nickel is down over 15% in the last 90 days, and is trading at levels last seen in 2009, during the depths of the so called Great Recession. Traders only have two trading days left to the week, with LME markets closed this Friday for Good Friday, and next Monday for Easter. Australian media is reporting New Caledonia's Koniambo is struggling, RAB says Goldman is wrong about low commodity prices this year, and China's manufacturing PMI crawls back above 50. Stories below.  
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - N/A
  • Average price of LME traded nickel in 2014 - $7.65/lb / 2013 - $6.80/lb / avg 2012 - $7.95/lb /
  • (USGS) Metal Prices in the United States Through 2010 - pdf here
  • Baltic Dry Index - (current) (chart)
  • Dollar trading graph - (chart of dollar index) (live java chart)
  • Reuters metals morning - Nickel bounces off near six-year low, China data edges up - more

  Reports

  Commodity/Economic Comments

  • China Stainless Steel Scrap Market News / Price - more
  • Yieh Daily Asian Stainless Steel News - more
  • Gerdau Steel Market Update - more
  • European Debt Crisis Live - more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel - more
  • (SMM) 8 nickel smelters are expected to complete construction in 2015, an Indonesia’s official said. Construction of another 12 nickel smelters will also be finished in 2016, said Sukhyar, Director General for Coal and Mineral Resources at the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.
  • (MBN) Japan's Sumitomo Metal & Mining plans to produce 63,800 tonnes of electrolytic nickel in the financial year starting April 1, 2015, up 10.6% year-on-year.
  • China's PMI eases past 50 in March - more

    Why Goldman Sachs Is Wrong About Commodity Prices - RAB Capital Founder Philip Richards tells us why Goldman's bearish outlook is wrong. - more

    In 20 years, the world may run out of mineable gold - (quote from article) Platinum , copper, and nickel reserves only have about 40 years or less left. - more

    New Caledonia smelter in trouble - New Caledonia's Koniambo nickel company says it has serious problems with its furnaces and will therefore produce far less metal this year than scheduled. - more

    Antam’s new boss plans massive cost-cut measure - State-owned diversified miner PT Aneka Tambang (Antam) is set to roll out a series of efficiency measures this year in an effort to improve its finances, its new boss said. - more

    China's Import & Export Results of Nickel in February 2015 - The foreign trade statistics of China shows the import & export results of nickel-containing products in February 2015 in the table below. - more

    Layoffs at Special Metals total about 100 - The number of layoffs at Special Metals was originally believed to be 73, but that number is actually closer to 100, according to a statement from a representative of Special Metals' parent company on Tuesday. - more

  Morning Nickel Price Statistics & Figures

  • Today's almost official prices here  /  Yesterday's actual LME official prices here or here
  • Shanghai Jinchuan nickel price - available here or here (updated)
  • India MCX Nickel Price - more  more
  • 100 Years of Stainless Steel Video - online here
  • Please let us know if any of these links stop working, stop carrying info, or become available to subscriber's only. We encourage our readers to use the services of those companies who supply news and information free of charge. Contact us

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