COBALT SNAPSHOT: Sellers drop offers to secure rare summer volume sales

Key data from August 12 pricing session.

Key data from August 12 pricing session.

Low-grade cobalt in-warehouse ($ per lb)

Today

Previous

Today’s weighted average of confirmed trades

Previous weighted average

Change to midpoint of range

Midpoint % change

13.10-13.85

13.20-14.05

13.24

13.91

-0.15

-1.1%


High-grade cobalt in-warehouse ($ per lb)

Today

Previous

Today’s weighted average of confirmed trades

Previous weighted average

Change to midpoint of range

Midpoint % change

13.20-14.20

13.20-14.20

n/a

14

0

0


Key drivers
-Low-grade consumers secure volume at low prices as sellers fight for rare summer sales
-High-grade consumers largely absent from spot market
-Producers solicit bids from trade due to reasonable availability

Key quote
"It's a difficult market for a seller at this point. There are quite a few producers soliciting bids."
 -Trader

"I knew what I wanted to pay and went out looking for that level. I was able to get it without too much difficulty."
-Consumer

"It's no surprise someone's selling aggressively. Nobody's seen any volume business for a while. So if you're discounting to get $600,000 of cash in, you just see it as that; you're finally getting cash in."
-Trader

Trade log

August 12

Low-grade (per lb)
Large sale at about $13.20-13.30
Small sale at about $13.40
Small sale at about $13.45
About 5 tonnes at about $13.30
Large sale at about $13-13.20
Small sale at $13.60
Offer at $13.50-13.55
Offer at $13.70
Offer at $13.85
Offer at $13.30-13.35

High-grade (per lb)
Offer at about $13.60
Assessment at $13.20-14
Assessment at about $13.20-14.20

China (MB China domestic, min 99.8%, RMB/tonne)
Small sale at about 212,000
Large sale at about 219,000
Deal heard at about 213,000-215,000
Deal heard at about 215,000-218,000

Total volume of all trades confirmed since previous pricing session: 43 tonnes


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Click here for the May 2015 trade log
Click here for the April 2015 trade log

Click here for Metal Bulletin’s cobalt pricing specifications
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Fleur Ritzema
fritzema@metalbulletin.com
Twitter: @FleurRitzema_MB

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