IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 5 key stories from December 19

Here are five Fastmarkets MB stories you might have missed on Thursday December 19 that are worth another look.

What’s in store for the steel and scrap markets in 2020?

Most copper scrap discounts in the United States increased as the Comex copper price continued to strengthen week on week.

Spot market prices for alloy-grade and standard-grade cobalt diverged in the first half of the week.

Two weeks of strikes in protest against government plans to reform pension arrangements have delayed some minor metals deliveries that will now be postponed until 2020.

The Chinese ferro-silicon market has been steady over the past week amid firm quotations from producers.

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Saudi Arabia, through its spearheading of a mining and minerals production and consumption push in the Middle East, a region usually associated with oil and gas, is leading neighboring countries to increase their presence in the base metals markets
Indonesia is preparing to invest more in its aluminium supply chain as part of its wider critical metals strategy, Fastmarkets understands
Market sentiment remain mixed on whether the investigation will impact aluminium prices and production
Aluminium premiums in all key regions remained well-supported in the week to Tuesday June 18, amid ongoing reports of tight availability, while market participants in Europe and Asia are focusing on ongoing negotiations for Japanese third-quarter supplies
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) ambitious plan to diversify away from oil and into metals will increase local nickel consumption and fund international mining projects, given recent massive investments in nickel-intense industries
Fastmarkets proposes to amend the name of the MB-AL-0231 Aluminium P1020A all-in price, delivered Midwest US, US cents/lb to clarify that the price is based on the London Metal Exchange cash aluminium price.