Disappointing US data overnight and dovish speech from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has dented market optimism over the global growth outlook, prompting metals prices to drop this morning.
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The London Metal Exchange will review its discounted fees structure and make an announcement over the summer as to whether they will be extended, according to the exchange’s chief executive officer (CEO).
The US and European physical nickel markets remained tight in the week ended March 13, while a glut of domestic supply and wider import losses in China kept the premium market there in check.
Ending a policy of a fee holiday on new LME contracts could help eliminate those systematic financial traders that have a very short-term approach to trading metals, the exchange’s CEO said.
Unwrought aluminium imports into the United States slipped year on year in the first month of 2018 while Canadian volumes fell to a four-year low - and further drops are expected given uncertainty about the recently implemented Section 232 tariffs from US President Donald Trump.
Novelis Inc is experiencing production delays at one of its aluminium rolling mills in Brazil due to a roof collapse there earlier this month, the company confirmed to American Metal Market on Wednesday.
Atlas Iron is moving into the export market for manganese ore with prices continuing to rally, the company said.