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Tuesday, September 27

  Daily Nickel/Stainless Steel Briefing (8:00 AM CST is 1PM in London)
  • Three month nickel closed Monday's trading session at $4.78/lb . Indicators at 6:00 am CST today show 3 month nickel trading around $.06/lb higher. Stockpiles of nickel stored in LME approved warehouses fell on Monday and now totals just over the 361,850 tonne level. Only one in four Philippine mines are left open after DENR Secretary Regina Lopez dropped the hammer on the industry. According to the Undersecretary, 18 of the mines closed are nickel producers, that accounted for 55-1/2% of that country's 2015 nickel production. Nickel is trading higher this morning on these developements. For you technical traders, nickel charts are showing what come call a double bottom - cup with handles, a bullish signal. The S&P Global Platts China Steel Sentiment Index jumped for September.
  • Average price of cash nickel so far this month - $4.56/lb
  • Average price of LME traded nickel in 2015 - $5.37/lb / 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 rebounds as Philippines suspends 20 more mines - more


  • Reuters Metals Insider - pdf here
  • KBC Commodity Report - here
  • Angel Metals Fundamental Report - 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
  • Strong negative Indian Ocean Dipole continues to dominate - more
  • Self Repairing for Lasting Value video - here
  • European Stocks Drop, Oil Slides as Clinton Rally Is Short Lived - more

    Nickel Caught Between Shifting Indonesian and Philippine Supply Trends: Andy Home - Indonesia shocked the nickel market at the start of 2014 when it made good on a commitment to ban all exports of unprocessed minerals. - more

    Philippines to suspend 20 more mines, boosting nickel price - The Philippines has ordered the suspension of 20 more mines for environmental violations, as the world's top supplier of nickel ore vowed to pursue stricter standards than in global mining centres such as Canada and Australia. - more

  • Global Nickel Market Convulsed as Top Shipper Sees Mine Failings - more

    China's Economy Shows Fresh Signs of Strength - China’s economy is showing fresh signs of strength, from increased business confidence to an expansionary factory gauge reading, according to the earliest private indicators for September. - more

    New Caledonia's Koniambo plant plans job cuts - Job losses are looming in New Caledonia's nickel processing sector as the slump in the price of the commodity bites. - more

    Courtesy AISI - In the week ending September 24, 2016, domestic raw steel production was 1,605,000 net tons while the capability utilization rate was 68.6 percent. Production was 1,687,000 net tons in the week ending September 24, 2015 while the capability utilization then was 70.5 percent. The current week production represents a 4.9 percent decrease from the same period in the previous year. Production for the week ending September 24, 2016 is down 1.7percent from the previous week ending September 17, 2016 when production was 1,632,000 net tons and the rate of capability utilization was 69.8 percent. - source

  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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