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Wednesday, July 1

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Tuesday's trading session at $5.46/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.02/lb higher, with other London trade base metals trading higher as well, albeit quietly. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses rose on Tuesday and now total just over the 457,100 tonne level. After momentarily dipping below $4.90/lb, cash nickel bounced sharply yesterday, with plenty of room left to recovery the earlier weeks steep loss. Some of the initial panic about Greece defaulting has diminished, with traders more confident something will be worked out to keep Greece in the Euro, and if not, the world may not fall apart after all.  
  • 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 - Aluminium edges higher on hopes for China demand, Greek deal - 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
  • (PM) Russia's Norilsk nickel is 1st foreign company among global nickel producers to register nickel for delivery on Shanghai Futures Exchange.
  • China Fastener Exports & Imports during Jan.-Apr. - more

    London nickel steadies, copper flat after China PMI - London copper held its ground on Wednesday after China's June factory growth came in a tad slower than expected but suggested the economy was stabilising, while nickel steadied as the dust settled a day after it slid to six-year lows. - more

    (Press Release) For the month of July 2015, North American Stainless will decrease the fuel surcharge to 22% for stainless flat and long products. The surcharge rate is considered a maximum level for July and will be reviewed monthly.

    Prices of CR Austenitic Stainless Sheets in Asia Head for Double Dip - In the Chinese Wuxi market, cold-rolled (CR) austenitic stainless steel sheets got the price of 14,000 CNY per ton this week. - more

    Weak market fundamentals keep stainless steel prices in check – MEPS - Stainless steel market activity remains subdued, around the world. Prices are quite stable. - more

    Avebury Nickel Mine sale falls through as buyer misses deadline - The sale of the Avebury nickel mine on Tasmania's west coast has fallen through, potentially dashing the prospect of hundreds of new jobs. - more

    Grand theft at the top turning Zim into a ‘tsotsiocracy’ - Between 2007 and 2008, a mining house — Mwana Africa — sourced $8 million for its Zimbabwean mining operation, Bindura Nickel Corporation (BNC). - 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, June 30

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Monday's trading session at $5.35/lb . Indicators at 6:20 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.04/lb lower, but trending higher after a brutal opening, with other London traded base metals trading lower as well. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME licensed warehouses fell on Monday and now total just under the 456,450 tonne level. On the last day of May, stockpiles stood at 465,346 tonnes. Today's reading is 7,908 tonnes lower, its first recorded monthly loss in years. And speaking of years, we saw nickel trading at May 2009 levels early this morning. That's Great Recession lows! Nickel will continue to remain volatile until Europe and Greece come to some sort of agreement, or part ways, but if we see these price levels stick around for awhile, we will see some nickel producers stop production.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.82/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 to 6-year low, other metals slide on risk aversion - 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
  • Deutsche Bank forecasts average nickel price at $14520/t in 2015, $18250 in 2016

    Nickel Slides to 6-Year Low as Shanghai Moves to Ease Constraint - Nickel extended its rout to a six-year low as steps by the Shanghai Futures Exchange to ease delivery constraints added to speculation that supplies will be enough to meet demand from the world’s biggest user. - more

    Shanghai exchange approves Norilsk nickel for futures delivery - The Shanghai Futures Exchange (ShFE) on Monday approved nickel from Russian producer Norilsk for delivery against its futures contracts, after concern that domestic suppliers would fail to provide enough supply. - more

    Expectations Of Nickel Bull Run Dampened By Demand Woes - For more than a year, analysts have been anticipating an upturn in nickel prices, driven by the Indonesian export ban implemented early last year. - more

    Environmental groups pressure Dayton to wade into debate on copper, nickel mine in Minnesota - Environmental advocates trying to stop a proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota launched an ad campaign on Monday aimed not at the company behind the project but at Gov. Mark Dayton, hoping to persuade the Democrat to require stronger environmental protections. - more

    China's 10 nonferrous metal output up 8.74% in Jan-May to 20.7 mln tons - The combined output of the ten nonferrous metals gained 8.74% year on year to 20.7 million tons in the Jan-May period, according to the latest statistics released by the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association. - more

    Courtesy AISI - In the week ending June 27, 2015, domestic raw steel production was 1,733,000 net tons while the capability utilization rate was 73.3 percent. Production was 1,889,000 net tons in the week ending June 27, 2014 while the capability utilization then was 78.5 percent. The current week production represents a 8.3 percent decrease from the same period in the previous year. Production for the week ending June 27, 2015 is up 0.4 percent from the previous week ending June 20, 2015 when production was 1,726,000 net tons and the rate of capability utilization was 73.0 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, June 29

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Friday's trading session at $5.64/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.27/lb lower, with other London traded base metals trading mostly lower as well. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses rose on Friday and now total just over the 459,000 tonne level. As Reuters and Bloomberg are both reporting this morning, thanks to the mess in Greece, nickel is now trading at a six year low level. And until the EU figures this mess out and finds away to keep Greece afloat, which they will eventually, nickel will remain volatile.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.85/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 slides to six-year low; copper 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
  • Alloyed for Lasting Value video - here
  • Self Repairing for Lasting Value video - here
  • China steel prices find no support from fourth rate cut since Nov - more

    Nickel Sinks to 6-Year Low as Greece Crisis Outweighs China Cut - Nickel slid to the lowest since May 2009, leading declines in most base metals, as Greece’s deepening debt crisis undermined confidence in the global growth outlook. - more

    (Press Release) Shareholders of the Company are advised that the European benchmark ferrochrome price has been settled at 108USc per pound for the third quarter of 2015, a rollover from the price in the second quarter of 2015.

    China's Looming VAT Reform May Affect Metals Importers - China's economy may be slowing down, but the country is not ready to give in just yet. Next month, the Chinese government is planning to implement its revamped value-added tax (VAT) that would replace business taxes and expand three crucial sectors: real estate, finance, and consumer services. - more

    BIR releases Non-Ferrous World Mirror-June 2015 - The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) has released the Non-Ferrous World Mirror June 2015 edition. - more

    Macquarie to buy a 20 percent stake in Chinese metals trader - China's metals trading firm Jinchuanmaike Metal Resources Co Ltd will sell a 20 percent stake to Australia's Macquarie Bank for about $50 million through an issue of new shares, two sources at the Chinese company said on Monday. - more

    How Canada's mining sector is addressing children’s rights - As early adopters of the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, Canadian mining companies are pioneering models to support children and families - more

    Greece a sideshow to China's main game for commodities: Russell - With the focus on whether Greece will or won't default on its debts or even stay within the euro zone, the important news of China easing its monetary policy again has been largely sidelined. - 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, June 26

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Thursday's trading session at $5.77/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.08/lb lower, with other London traded base metals trading mostly lower as well./ Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses fell again on Thursday and now total just under the 458,150 tonne level. The Greek tragedy, as some are calling it, leads the news again, as Greece official and creditors were unable to come to an agreement before the EU meetings. What will happen next? No one really knows, but either way, some analysts are saying the damage has been done to the Euro and they forecast the Euro will continue to fall thru the remainder of the year. If true, this could keep any potential nickel price increase in check. Have a safe and restful weekend.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.86/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 slips after Chinese stocks tumble, on Greek jitters - 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
  • (SMM) Spot nickel prices are expected to fall to 92,000-96,000 yuan per tonne next week on oversupply resulting from inflow of finance-driven nickel, SMM predicts.
  • Asian Supramax rates push up on higher demand - more
  • China stock indices plummet by up to 7.9pc as investors stampede out of the market - more

    Nickel deficit nearing - The drop in London Metal Exchange inventories could be a sign things are about to improve for nickel, according to analysts. - more

    Nickel price expected to rise: Economist - The low nickel prices that prompted First Nickel Inc. to halt underground ramp development and consider shuttering its Lockerby Mine are expected to increase, but not dramatically, by the end of the year, says an economist. - more

    Indonesia’s export ban leaves Malaysia on top - Indonesia”s ban on ore exports, which choked off shipments of bauxite, spurred local companies to head to Malaysia, underlining the challenges that Southeast”s Asia biggest economy faces in trying to boost metals processing. -  more

    China's Steel Market in 3rd Week of Jun/Range of Fall in Prices Expands - In the Chinese market of steel products in the 3rd week (15th-19th) of June, prices of all items did not cease to fall, and rather the range of a fall in prices expanded. - more

    Indian steelmakers upset as Japan, S.Korea eat local market share  - India could raise steel tariffs further to check a surge of imports, a minister said on Friday, but local steel firms are concerned that free trade agreements with Japan and South Korea would still let those countries boost shipments. - more

    St George Mining identifies massive nickel sulphide potential - St George Mining has intersected anomalous nickel and zinc associated with sulphides within a thick ultramafic unit with its first hole targeting electromagnetic conductors at its wholly-owned East Laverton Property in Western Australia. - 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, June 25

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Wednesday's trading session at $5.79/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.03/lb lower, with other London traded base metals trading mostly lower as well. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses fell on Wednesday and now total just over the 458,350 tonne level. Greece and creditors have been unable to come to an agreement and possible default fears are back.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.86/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 rises in thin trade, Greece deal eyed - 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
  • 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
  • Unions calls on thousands of Dutch metal workers to strike - more

    BIR Non-Ferrous World Mirror June 2015 - Global: The following article is based on the latest Non-Ferrous Metals World Mirror produced by the BIR world recycling organisation for the benefit of its members. - more

   Chinese group warns that possible steel output cuts may depress iron ore prices - Iron ore prices will be under pressure if Chinese steel mills opt for steel output cuts when experiencing greater losses in the coming months, the China Iron & Steel Association warned in its May monthly iron ore market analysis report released Wednesday. - 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, June 24

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Tuesday's trading session at $5.83/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.01/lb lower, with other London traded base metals trading mixed and quietly. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses rose on Tuesday and now total just under the 459,450 tonne level. Nickel is showing strength this week, with the price rising in the face of a weakening Euro. It's the time of year when metal s analysts take a second look at 2015 metals forecasts and nickel predictions are being lowered.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.87/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 turns higher, Greece in focus - more

  Reports

  • May 2015 crude steel production - more
  • Oryx - What do the nickel market and Chelsea FC have in common? - 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
  • 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
  • Chinese refined nickel imports in May were up 28.7% MOM and 127.1% YOY.
  • (SSY) Daily crude steel production at China Iron and Steel Association member mills dropped to 1.74 Mt in the first ten days of June, down from 1.77 Mt/day in the period 21-31 May, according to data from the industry association reported by SteelFirst. This compares with 1.83 Mt/day for the same period in 2014
  • (SSY) Japanese crude steel output fell 7.0% year-on-year in May to 8.9 Mt, according to data from the Japan Iron and Steel Federation. Steel production for the period January-May was down 4.4% on the same period in 2014 at 44.1 Mt.
  • China central bank seen approving yuan-denominated ‘gold fix’ soon - more
  • El Niño consolidates - more

    Knives out for nickel despite bullish supply signals: Andy Home - The knives are out for nickel. Analysts at some of the biggest commodity banks have been slashing their price forecasts for the stainless steel input over the last few days amid a welter of negative comment. - more

    India’s anti-dumping move may help domestic Steel players: Ind-Ra - The government’s recent actions to curb the import of both alloy and non-alloy steel products into India could help increase the realisations of domestic alloy and non-alloy steel producers, says India Rating and Research (Ind-Ra). - more

    Go Long Nickel: ANZ Eyes $15,000 A Tonne - Nickel have been under pressure since early May but ANZ is out today forecasting a solid rebound in the price of the industrial metal. - more

    Morgan Stanley Lowers Nickel Price Outlook as Stocks Rise - At the end of 2014, many market watchers anticipated positive price action in the nickel space in the near term. - more

    Chinese steel futures dip as traders brace for summer drop in demand - Steel futures in China slipped 0.9 percent on Tuesday, their first day back after a long holiday weekend, with traders bracing for a seasonal decline in steel demand that is also set to undermine iron ore prices. - more

    DNR releases latest revision to PolyMet environmental review - The latest environmental review for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota has swollen to over 3,100 pages, reflecting how regulators struggled to with deal with nearly 58,000 written comments from the public and opinions expressed at public meetings. - 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, June 23

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Monday's trading session at $5.67/lb . Indicators at 6:15 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.09/lb higher, with other London traded base metals trading mostly higher as well. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses rose almost as much as it lost yesterday, and now totals just under the 458,700 tonne level.  We did not have internet service yesterday, so our update was missing - much like China, who was on holiday for their Dragon Boat Festival. The nickel market was lower yesterday, but after a fairly quiet morning session, has found some life in London's afternoon session.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.87/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 data fuels copper rally, market remains cautious - 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
  • (SM) According to the most recent statistics published by the World Steel Association, the crude steel production by 65 member countries was 139.308 million tonnes (Mt) in May this year, down 2.1% upon comparison with production of 142.317 Mt during same month the previous year.

    Morgan Stanley slashes nickel forecasts on deteriorating macro outlook – Morgan Stanley slashed its nickel price forecasts for the second half of the year on Tuesday as demand from stainless steel producers is undermined by a deteriorating outlook for global growth. - more

    LME Mo Price Drops Sharply and Marks New Record Low of US$15,200/MT = Price for cash seller is down by US$950 from prior day, and price for 3-month seller is down by US$1,050 = LME molybdenum price (cash seller/settlement and 3-month seller) dropped down to US$15,200 per ton (= US$6.89 per lb) on June 16, which marked a new record low since being listed. - more

    Glencore sells $2.4 billion Xstrata Mine for just $19 million - Glencore Plc extricated itself from one of the mining industry’s most value-destructive deals by offloading the Cosmos nickel mine for A$24.5 million ($19 million). - more

    Residents oppose alleged resumption of nickel mining in Eastern Samar - Residents of a small island in Eastern Samar are opposing what they claimed as attempts to resume the nickel operations of Hinatuan Mining Corp. despite a standing suspension order from the government. - more

    Courtesy AISI - In the week ending June 20, 2015, domestic raw steel production was 1,726,000 net tons while the capability utilization rate was 73.0 percent. Production was 1,889,000 net tons in the week ending June 20, 2014 while the capability utilization then was 78.5 percent. The current week production represents a 8.6 percent decrease from the same period in the previous year. Production for the week ending June 20, 2015 is down 1.2 percent from the previous week ending June 13, 2015 when production was 1,747,000 net tons and the rate of capability utilization was 73.9 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

Friday, June 19

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Thursday's trading session at $5.77/lb . Indicators at 6:30 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 are on day 11 of consecutive falls and now total over the 458,500 tonne level.Wile nickel spent much of this week rising, it fell enough on Monday that teh price of nickel lo0oks to end the week lower than last. Cash nickel is averaging about $.25/lb lower so far this month when compared to May numbers, and while we disagree with those who feel nickel's slump has yet to find a floor, we see little reason for any significant change in nickel's course anytime soon. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.90/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 slides to 16-month low, copper weakest since March - 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
  • (SMM) Nickel prices may extend loss next week with LME nickel falling below $12,500 per tonne as demand from stainless steel mills should wane and supply is on the rise, SMM predicts.
  • (SM) Global nickel markets were in surplus of 39,000 tonnes in January-April 2015 with production exceeding apparent demand.
  • (CH) Cobham Aviation Services Australia says it has secured a five-year contract extension from Australian nickel mining conglomerate, Minara Resources, to continue providing fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) services to its Murrin Murrin site, located 883 kilometres east of Perth in Western Australia.
  • (China) Stocks suffer worst week since 2008 - more

    Slide in China steel snuffs iron ore rally, revives glut worries - A slump in Chinese demand for steel has poured cold water on a rally in iron ore this month, with prices for the raw material likely to drop over the rest of the year, traders and analysts said. - more

    What is Nickel to the Philippines? - While the rest of the world appeared to be disappointed with Indonesia’s ore processing localization, the Philippines considered it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to prove that it could up its game and become a major player in the mining segment. - more

    Western Areas to acquire Glencore nickel operations - Western Areas will acquire Glencore’s Australian nickel operations in Western Australia. - more

    Vale fire causes $50,000 damage Wed.- A fire at Vale's Nickel Refinery in Copper Cliff Wednesday night caused an estimated $50,000 damage. - more

    Islanders unite to keep Norwegian miner off its 'treasures' - For nearly two decades now, an island in the Philippines has been steadfast in protecting its natural resources against large-scale mining even as the national government allows entry of foreign firms. - more

    Market Trend of Import of Ferroalloy as of 15 June 2015 = There is tight feeling on spot goods of FeSi and EMM, and price of Mo drops = The market trend of import of ferroalloy as of 15 June 2015 is as follows. - 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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Thursday, June 18

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Wednesday's trading session at $5.82/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.01/lb higher, but losing gas, with other London traded base metals trading mostly higher as well. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses fell for a tenth consecutive session and now total just under the 459,200 tonne level. LME stockpiles have fallen by 11,178 tonnes in the last two weeks. Europe is still concerned about the Greece debacle and US traders have futures higher after the Fed hinted the free money will continue to roll for some time.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.90/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 weaker dollar, upbeat China 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
  • Alloyed for Lasting Value video - here
  • Self Repairing for Lasting Value video - here
  • World's largest nut to be displayed in Green Bay - more

    Support seen for nickel as deficit looms, but demand poses uncertainty - Price volatility has hounded the nickel market in the first half of 2015. In this video, Platts senior managing editor Yuen Cheng Mok and editor Vivian Teo share market expectations on nickel prices for the second half of the year, signs pointing to a deficit in the market, and the challenges that could pose demand-side risks. - more

    Iron in China Sags Most Since April as Steel Demand Slows - Iron ore in China slumped the most in seven weeks amid concern that steel consumption in the world’s largest user was faltering, curbing demand for the raw material. - 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, June 17

  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 $.06/lb higher, with most LME traded base metals trading higher as well. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses fell for a ninth consecutive session, and now total just over the 459,750 tonne level. Markets are watching Greece and the EU standoff nervously, and will be watching Fed Chairperson Janet Yellen's press conference this afternoon closely for clues on possible interest rate hike dates. Reports from China, at least from the steel industry, tend to cast a shadow over predictions that China's slowdown may have bottomed out. Markets can get volatile when uncertainty controls the mood.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.91/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 off 3-month lows as summer slowdown eyed, but could fall more - 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
  • (ET) China's Baoshan Iron & Steel will cut main steel product prices for July bookings, the company said on June 12, as sluggish economic growth hit demand for the industrial material. The company will cut hot-rolled coil and cold-rolled coil prices by 80 yuan a tonne.
  • Botswana Metals intersects broad zones of nickel sulphides at Maibele North - more
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch says China on the mend and has bottomed out - more

    Finland to inject more funds into troubled nickel mine - The Finnish government plans to inject a further 112 million euros ($126 million) into restructuring troubled nickel mine Talvivaara after a potential buyer failed to arrange financing, a minister said on Wednesday. - 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

    Indonesia Seeks Legal Route for Bauxite Miners to Resume Exports - (quote) “It will be very restricted, very tight. Free riders won’t be allowed,” Djalil said, adding that no relaxation would be given to nickel miners building smelters. “Nickel doesn’t need it because the investment costs aren’t too high.” - more

    Outlook for new steel orders weakens - The outlook for new steel orders in China over June deteriorated from May, according to a survey by global commodity information provider Platts. - more

    Miners face headwinds from weak prices: PwC - The global mining industry faced a challenging year in 2014 with falling commodity prices and increasing short-term volatility, which forced companies to control costs and free up cash flow, according to a report released by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on Monday. - more

    China steel, iron ore divergence unlikely to persist: Russell - Something has to give in the Chinese steel sector, given the disconnect between record low steel prices and a recent strong rally in iron ore. - 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, June 16

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Monday's trading session at $5.88/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.08/lb lower, with other London traded base metals trading mostly lower. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses fell for the eighth consecutive day, a first i years, and now total just over the 461,550 tonne level. Nickel appears to have found some support earlier in the session and at least for now, the slide has found some footing.  Watch the inventory levels. Down eight straight days, and we are not seeing the missing inventory show up in the SHFE warehouses yet. A week ago we were wondering if stockpiles would clmib to the 500,000 tonne level.  
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.92/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 hemmed near 3-month low as Grexit looms - 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
  • (FAN) China ferrochrome imports totaled 181,700 tons in May, a decline of 10.62% MoM, and a drop of 9.24% YoY.
  • Goldman - Rising costs of nickel pig iron production should restrict output growth, firm says. Demand, on the other hand, is likely to benefit from consumer recoveries in the U.S., Europe, and China. Sees nickel (now $13,000/tonne) going to $16,000/t in 3 months, $17,000/t in 6 months, and $18,000/tonne in one year.

    Chinese joint venture builds nickel smelter in Morowali - Central Sulawesi Governor Longki Djanggola has officially launched the construction of a Rp 5.5 trillion (US$412 million) nickel smelting plant in Gandaganda subdistrict, Petasia district, North Morowali regency, Central Sulawesi. - more

    Shipment Declines Accelerate in May - U.S. shipments of steel products decreased substantially in May compared to a year ago, and aluminum shipments declined as well.  - more

    MOC: Average finished steel price in China down one percent - On June 16, China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) announced that during last week (June 8-14) the overall average finished steel price in China decreased by 1.0 percent week on week. - more

    Courtesy AISI - In the week ending June 13, 2015, domestic raw steel production was 1,747,000 net tons while the capability utilization rate was 73.9 percent. Production was 1,889,000 net tons in the week ending June 13, 2014 while the capability utilization then was 78.5 percent. The current week production represents a 7.5 percent decrease from the same period in the previous year. Production for the week ending June 13, 2015 is up 1.5 percent from the previous week ending June 6, 2015 when production was 1,722,000 net tons and the rate of capability utilization was 72.8 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
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Monday, June 15

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Friday's trading session at $5.95/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.13/lb lower, with other London traded base metals trading mostly lower as well. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses fell on Friday and ended the week just over 464,500 tonne level. Shanghai Metals Market is reporting weekly stockpiles at six major Chinese ports rose by 70,000 tonnes to total 11.75 million tonnes. This is about where stockpiles totaled back in February of this year. The most recent bullish run for nickel has come to an end, as the Euro slides on news that the most recently held Greece debt talks have failed and default fears rise again. We understand Greece still has two weeks to make a deal with its creditors so we will see if the panic some European markets are seeing today, is justified. Lot of speculation on what may or may not happen 'if' Greece defaults, but no one really knows.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.93/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 hits 3-month low on dollar rally, weak China demand - more

  Reports

  • World Nickel Producing Countries Map - 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
  • 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
  • (SSY) Chinese iron ore stockpiles have dropped to their lowest level since late October 2013 at 72.4 Mt, down 31.0 Mt year-on-year, according to data from U-metal on 18 portside locations in China. Stockpiles have now dropped by 16.8 Mt since the start of 2015.
  • Minnesota lawmakers OK final budget piece - more

    Nickel drops to lowest in week as China demand seen ebbing - Nickel prices fell to a one-week low on signs that supplies are plentiful as demand eases in China, the world's top user of industrial metals. Lead dropped to the cheapest in more than two months. - more

    Platts China Steel Sentiment Index Slumped in June - The outlook for new steel orders in China over June deteriorated from May, while expectations for flat steel prices over the coming month was also depressed, according to the latest Platts China Steel Sentiment Index (Platts CSSI), which showed a headline reading of 42.2 out of a possible 100 points. - more

    Madagascar Ambatovy mine workers won't strike, want talks on layoffs - The two main trade unions at Sherritt International Corp's Ambatovy nickel mine in Madagascar will not call a new strike over job layoffs for now and are still seeking dialogue, union officials said on Friday. - more

    U.S. Mo Import & Export Balance during January to April 2015 = When compared with year-earlier period, export is down and import is up = According to the calculation to figure out volumes of molybdenum import and export in pure Mo equivalent based on foreign trade statistics of United States Department of Commerce, the export volume during January to April in 2015 was 16.19 million lbs, down by 11.5% from 18.29 million lbs of the year-earlier period. - more

    Ousted Mwana CE Kalaa Mpinga says ready to move on, sees opportunities in Africa - Ousted Mwana Africa chief executive officer Kalaa Mpinga says he is not a bitter man and is ready to explore investment opportunities in Zimbabwe and Africa following his shock departure from the resources group he founded 12 years ago. - 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, June 12

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Thursday's trading session at $6.04/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.09/lb lower, but around $.09/lb above earlier session lows. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses fell for a sixth consecutive session and now total just over the 465,250 tonne level. Nickel turned south yesterday, after failing to hold onto the line of resistance for a second consecutive day. With the Euro dropping this morning, nickel looked like it might be in serious trouble this morning, dropping like a rock, but has since regained its composure, and while still down, it no longer resembles a rout. With little else to talk about, Greece appears to remain the chief threat to commodities in general, with its daily effect on the Euro and the great unknown of what might happen to world economies if Greece defaults. Today's version is abridged and back to normal on Monday. Have a safe and relaxing weekend.  
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.93/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 - Strong dollar weighs; zinc, lead hit 2-month lows as stocks rise - more

  Reports

Thursday, June 11

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Wednesday's trading session at $6.14/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.04/lb lower, with other London traded base metals trading lower as well. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses fell for a fifth session, and now total just under the 465,700 tonne level. Nickel successfully closed above the technical line of resistance at $6.12/lb yesterday, but is struggling today to close above that level for a second consecutive day.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.91/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 slides on downbeat China data, strong dollar - more

  Reports

  • Damstahl Stainless Steel Report - June 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
  • 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
  • (Reuters) China's crude steel output fell 1.7 percent in May from a year earlier, government data showed on Thursday, as a sluggish economy and property market hit demand. - more
  • Fitch has downgraded the outlook of BHP and Rio Tinto to negative - more

    Two major mining announcements give hope to Tasmania's struggling sector - Tasmania's struggling mining sector has been given a boost on two fronts with the pending reopening of a nickel mine in the state's west coast and a new iron ore venture in the north west. - more

    Ferrochrome makers demand reopening of shut chromite mines - The closure of some key chromite mines has triggered acute shortfall of chrome ore and ore concentrates for these units - more

    Zimbabwe lifts ban on chrome ore exports in bid to help grow sector - Zimbabwe on Tuesday lifted the ban on chrome ore exports to help enhance capacity for local producers and grow the sector. - more

    Codelco's Mo Production during January to March 13.2 Million LBS = Down by 25% from year-earlier period, and sales volume is up by 17% ditto = Corporacion Nacional del Cobre, Chile has recently announced the results of its production and sales during January to March in 2015. - more

    What’s in a name? - Unless you’re a metallurgist, navigating the complexities of stainless steel terminology can be confusing. A recent article provided an easily understood guide. - 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, June 10

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Tuesday's trading session at $6.07/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.11/lb higher, with other London traded base metals trading higher as well - but with much less enthusiasm. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses fell for a fourth consecutive day, and now total just over the 467,000 tonne level. Nickel was unable to hold above the technical line of resistance yesterday, and is making another run today. A weaker US Dollar is also helping base metals in general. Tightness remains on the Shanghai Futures Exchange, with the newly traded nickel showing only 10,621 tonnes in stock, and 6,582 of those tonnes on warrant. Until this inventory squeeze is rectified, we could continue to see interest in nickel.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.88/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 up on weaker dollar, China outlook clouded - 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
  • (BNA) Solway eyeing 25,000t nickel output at Guatemala mine
  • U.S. Fastener Imports and Exports Both Decline in April - more

    Copper Caps Longest Rally in Five Weeks on China Stimulus Bets - Copper futures capped the longest rally in five weeks as easing inflation bolstered the case for more economic stimulus in China, the world’s biggest metal consumer. - more

    LME faces formidable opposition to warehouses in China - The London Metal Exchange's ambition to approve warehouses in China, particularly in Shanghai, is running into powerful local resistance. - more

    At some point, you can't fight nickel prices: First Nickel CEO - First Nickel Inc.'s decision to halt the development of its underground ramp at the Lockerby Mine in Sudbury comes down to the price of nickel, says company president and CEO Thomas Boehlert. - more

    Update of the ISSF educational material for architects and engineers available - In May 2014, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) launched a new educational resource to increase the awareness of the potential of stainless steel in the architecture, building and construction (ABC). Known as the ISSF Education Project, the series of resources has already proved popular with lecturers and students. - 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, June 9

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Monday's trading session at $6.07/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.07/lb higher with other London traded base metals trading higher as well. Stockpiles of nickels stored in LME approved warehouses fell for a third straight day and now total just over teh 467,900 tonne level. Nickel is trading above resistance this morning, which we show is at $6.12/lb. This could slow down the sudden exuberance traders have found, with market watchers crediting China stimulus hopes and tightness in the SHFE July contract. Today's current trading level has brought the price of nickel back to where it averaged last month. Can it hold? Stay tuned.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.84/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 - Lower dollar boosts copper ahead of China 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
  • Alloyed for Lasting Value video - here
  • Self Repairing for Lasting Value video - here
  • The Index of Small Business Optimism increased 1.4 points to 98.3 in May, in spite of 5 months of lousy growth. May is the best reading since the 100.4 December reading, but nothing to write home about. - more
  • Not Seen Since 1997: El Nino Warming Pacific, Australia Says - more
  • Ocean temperatures continue to rise in the tropical Pacific - more

    Nickel Reaches Three-Week High on Bets China Will Add Stimulus - Nickel rose to the highest in almost three weeks as weaker economic data boosted speculation that officials will add to stimulus in China, the world’s biggest metals consumer. - more

    Production of Stainless Steel Products in March 2015 Is 248,684 Tons = Up by 7% from prior month, and only production of Cr-Mn-type products is down and others are up = The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced the production volume of stainless steel products (hot-rolled products) in March 2015 was 248,684 tons, which was up by 7.4% from the prior month but down by 7.2% from the year-earlier month. - more

    Low nickel prices force First Nickel to shutter Lockerby in Q3 - The Lockerby base metals mine, in the Sudbury basin of Ontario, would be placed on care and maintenance or closed during the third quarter, after all remaining nickel ore above the 6 800-foot-level had been exhausted, owner and operator First Nickel (FNI) said on Monday. - more

    Workers at Madagascar Ambatovy nickel mine consider strike over jobs - Workers at Sherritt International Corp's Ambatovy nickel project in Madagascar are considering strike action over possible job cuts, a trade union official said on Monday. - more

    ‘Worst Is Over’ for China Steel Sector as Supply Constrained - China’s steel industry will improve as supply is constrained by fewer capacity additions, closing of polluting plants and a strong export outlook, according to Argonaut Securities (Asia) Ltd. - more

    Courtesy AISI - In the week ending June 6, 2015, domestic raw steel production was 1,722,000 net tons while the capability utilization rate was 72.8 percent. Production was 1,889,000 net tons in the week ending June 6, 2014 while the capability utilization then was 78.5 percent. The current week production represents a 8.8 percent decrease from the same period in the previous year. Production for the week ending June 6, 2015 is up 1.3 percent from the previous week ending May 30, 2015 when production was 1,700,000 net tons and the rate of capability utilization was 71.9 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, June 8

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Friday's trading session at $5.94/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.02/lb higher, with other London traded base metals trading mostly higher. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses fell on Friday and now total just under the 469,100 tonne level. Shanghai Metals Market reports nickel ore stockpiles held at major Chinese ports rose by 120,000 tonnes to total 11.68 million tonnes. The trading value of the Euro seems to be what nickel traders are watching today, with little else to motivate trading.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.81/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 - LME copper holds near six-week low on China demand concerns - 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
  • Ever taller skyscrapers made possible by steel - more
  • China’s Metal Fastener Output in Jan.-Apr. Jumps - more

    Sherritt Workers in Madagascar Mull Strike Action Over Job Cuts - Workers at Sherritt International Corp.’s Ambatovy nickel project in Madagascar may go on strike after job cuts at the mine, a labor-union official said. - more

    Molybdenum oxide spot prices at 10-year lows push Asian buyers, sellers to sidelines - Spot prices of molybdenum oxide at 10-year lows of $7.40-$7.50/lb have pushed Asian buyers and sellers to the sidelines, market sources said Monday, June 8. - more

    Ni SUS Scrap Purchase Price in June Starts with JPY148,000 - JPY153,000 = Price in Japan remains unchanged due to increased consumption and price hike by South Korean mills = The price for June purchase of nickel-containing stainless steel scrap (SABOT) by Japanese Stainless Steel mills starts with JPY148,000 - JPY153,000 per ton (delivered at factory) which remains unchanged from May purchase price. - more

    Dalian iron ore futures slip as China imports drop - Iron ore futures in China dropped on Monday after data showed imports of the raw material by the world's top consumer slid last month. - 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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Friday, June 5

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Thursday's trading session at $5.87/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.03/lb lower, with other London traded base metals trading mostly lower as well. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses fell on Thursday and now total just under the 469,500 tonne level. Greece has asked the IMF to forgo a payment due today, and asked to have all of their June debt payments bulked together for one bill due at the end of the month - effectively kicking the can down the road and adding June to the list of months filled with uncertainty for the Euro. The traded price of nickel remains lower than its May average, but higher than the April average, with little momentum to do much of anything. Enjoy your weekend and it all starts again on Monday.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.81/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 faces third weekly loss as demand set to ebb - more

  Reports

  • U.S. Exports 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
  • 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
  • (SMM) Spot nickel prices in China are expected to drop further to 92,500-101,000 yuan per tonne next week as Jinchuan Group increases supplies, SMM says.
  • Zepol  - Bolts, Nuts, Screws, Rivets, Washers And Other Turned Products - saw imports of $518,262,451 and exports of $358,225,067 in April. This is a change of -5% and -4% respectively from the previous month.

    LME Ni Average Price in May Up by 6% from Prior Month = However, down to nearly US$12,500 in latter half, and month-end inventory went up to 464,000 tons = LME monthly average price in May 2015 was Cash seller: US$13,508.95 per ton (US$6.128 per lb) and 3-month seller: US$13,560.79 per ton (US$6.151 per lb). - more

    Avebury aims to wait for nickel price surge before operating - The company aiming to buy the Avebury nickel mine is likely to sit on the asset until prices improve. - more

    Top miners slashed costs, spending to cope with price falls - PwC - The world's top 40 mining firms cut costs by a combined 5 percent and capital spending by 20 percent last year as they grappled with a plunge in prices that drove their market value to a 10-year low, a report showed on Thursday. - 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, June 4

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Wednesday's trading session at $5.87/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 rose to another record high on Wednesday and now set at 470,376 tonnes. The question is will totals reach 500,000 tonnes and if so, when. And how much of this excess inventory will eventually be channeled thru the SHFE? Nickel has been trading up and down this morning, thanks to a volatile Euro.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $5.80/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 hits 6-week low under $6,000 on China demand woes - more

  Reports

  • U.S. Imports of Stainless Steel Mill Products - more
  • Stainless India Magazine 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
  • 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
  • Falling LME aluminium price confounds the theorists: Andy Home - more

    AK Steel and Other U.S. Producers File Trade Cases Against Five Countries - AK Steel today announced that it has joined other major domestic steel producers in filing anti-dumping and counter-vailing duty petitions against five countries related to corrosion-resistant steel.- more

    Nickel Institute: Stainless steel rebars extend lifetimes of concrete structures - When it comes to building or repairing reinforced concrete structures so that life-cycle costs are minimized, many authorities are specifying the use of stainless steel reinforcing bars (rebars) instead of the traditional carbon steel rebars, according to the Nickel Institute. - more

    Sherritt Announces Ambatovy May Monthly Production Update and Receipt of Production and Efficiency Certificates - Sherritt International Corporation ("Sherritt" or the "Corporation") (TSX: S) announced today the May 2015 operational results for the Ambatovy Joint Venture. - 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, June 3

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Tuesday's trading session at $5.90/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.03/lb lower, with other London traded base metals trading mostly higher, but quietly again. Stockpiles of nickel store in LME approved warehouses rose by over 4,600 tonnes on Monday, and now total 470,118 tonnes, a new all time record high. And speaking of records, cancelled warrants rose to over 31% yesterday, as nickel is booked to move to Shanghai, to be traded on the Shanghai Futures Exchange, which began trading nickel two months ago. You can find more on the SHFE here.
  • 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 - London copper slips amid China growth questions - 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
  • US Fed may delay rate increase until world economy improves - more

    BHP Billiton warns global commodity supply glut to persist - BHP Billiton , the world's biggest mining company, warned on Wednesday that a global oversupply of commodities that is putting pressure on prices is likely to be be prolonged. - more

    North American Stainless Press Release 6/2/15 - For the month of June 2015, North American Stainless will increase the fuel surcharge to 23% for stainless flat and long products. The surcharge rate is considered a maximum level for June and will be reviewed monthly. (source)

    (Customs Statistics) Japan's Imports of Raw Materials for Ferroalloy 4/15 - more

    Millionaire prospector Mark Creasy making "dough" out of Sirius - Mark Creasy was adamant that Sirius Resources shareholders should retain exposure to the "first class" Nova-Bollinger project in any takeover deal. But it is not because he is a sentimental man; the millionaire prospector is confident the project will make "a lot of dough". - more

    EU Proposes Law Calling For Responsible Importation Of Minerals - The European Union proposed a law calling for the responsible importation of minerals and to prevent the trade of such in conflict-affected countries, Out Law reported. - 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, June 2

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Monday's trading session at $5.89/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.04/lb lower, but recoverying from earlier lows, with other London traded base metals trading mixed and quietly. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses fell slightly on Monday and now total just over the 465,500 tonne level. While nickel is presently lower, it is getting some postive momentum from a Euro that is trading higher against the US Dollar this month. Traders have apparently decided the world will not end with Greece defaulting, as this seems more likely.  
  • 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 - China demand concern undermines copper - 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

    Asian Customers in Wait-and-see Stance for CR Austenitic Stainless Sheets - As the LME nickel price is again falling to the level of $5 per pound, customers in the Asian region would not relax a wait-and-see attitude. - more

    MEPS Predicts A Stainless Steel Price Upturn Over Next Twelve Months - The current condition and short-term outlook for the stainless steel market is rather mixed. - more

    New high for global molybdenum production and use in 2014 - Global production of molybdenum in 2014 reached a new high of 583.7 million lbs, up from the previous year’s record of 543.2 million lbs. - more

    China's steel industry continues to weaken - China's steel industry is still struggling with overcapacity with few signs of recovery, trade association statistics showed on Monday. - more

    Vale Indonesia Ramps Up Smelter Activity Despite Falling Nickel Prices - more

    Courtesy AISI - In the week ending May 30, 2015, domestic raw steel production was 1,700,000 net tons while the capability utilization rate was 71.9 percent. Production was 1,860,000 net tons in the week ending May 30, 2014 while the capability utilization then was 77.3 percent. The current week production represents a 8.6 percent decrease from the same period in the previous year. Production for the week ending May 30, 2015 is down 1.8 percent from the previous week ending May 23, 2015 when production was 1,732,000 net tons and the rate of capability utilization was 73.3 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, June 1

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Friday's trading session at $5.72/lb . Indicators at 6:30 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.01/lb higher, with other London traded base metals trading mixed and quietly. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses rose on Friday, and ended the week and month near an all time record high, but fell short and just over the 465,500 tonne level. SMM reports stockpiles of nickel ore held at monitored major Chinese ports fell by 240,000 tons to 11.56 million tonnes last week. China's official PMI rose to 50.2 from 50.1, and the Euro manufacturing PMI rose to 52.2 from 50. US PMI numbers to be published later today. The average price of cash nickel rose last month, but there is little enthusiasm in the market and not much to base more potential price increases on.  
  • 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 - Dollar weighs on copper, but fundamentals support - more

  Reports

  • Scrap Metals MarketWatch June 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
  • 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
  • (SMM) Jinchuan Group Raises Nickel Prices to 101,000 yuan on May 28

    Positive outcome for stainless steel scrap major Oryx - The Dutch-German company achieved 'considerably higher tonnages' last year, with sales rising from Euro 430 million in 2013 to Euro 590 million. - more

    Joint Venture Starts Construction of Smelters in C. Sulawesi - Sulawesi Mining Investment, a joint venture of Chinese stainless steel producer Dingxin Group and local conglomerate Bintang Delapan, held a groundbreaking ceremony for its multi-billion-dollar integrated smelter project in Morowali, Central Sulawesi, last week. - more

    Global Steel price rises in May for the first time in 12 months - Global steel price rose during May for the first time in twelve months, said MEPS International in a snippet. - 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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