Nickel prices on the Shanghai Futures Exchange were weaker during Asian morning trading on Wednesday, tracking the pullback in prices seen on the London Metal Exchange in the previous session.
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Price premiums in the United States copper market showed their first upward moves since November on Tuesday January 30, with market participants noting that higher freight and logistics costs were nudging overall costs higher.
Speculation as to what US President Donald Trump’s next move might be in the Section 232 investigation into aluminium imports appears to be pushing the US Midwest aluminium premium up despite a lack of actual spot demand to support it.
Aluminum scrap markets in the US were slightly mixed over the past week; some mill-grade aluminium scrap prices inched higher following gains on the London Metal Exchange, while smelter-grade prices maintained a steady footing.
Chrome producer Afarak has drawn up a proposal to delist from the Helsinki Stock Exchange, maintaining a single listing in London following a request from a major shareholder.
The commissioning of Strategic & Precious Metals Processing’s (SPMP) antimony roasting project in Oman is expected to be postponed due to a delay in the arrival of key electrical equipment, SPMP’s parent company, Tri-Star Resources, announced last week.