IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 5 key stories from June 20

Here are five Fastmarkets MB stories you might have missed on Thursday June 20 that are worth another look.

The London Metal Exchange has just finished its trial to calculate nickel prices using a volume-weighted average price method on the exchange’s electronic trading platform.

China will only permit 240,429 tonnes of copper scrap imports in the entire third quarter of 2019, sending panic across the local scrap industry, according to an official list of Chinese importers granted import quotas, seen by Fastmarkets on Thursday June 20.

Metals trader Trafigura has refuted claims from Iceberg Research, the analytics outfit that launched an explosive campaign against Noble Group, that it has overvalued “hundreds of millions [of dollars] in debt securities issued by an associate.”

United States-based iron ore producer Cleveland-Cliffs is prepared to export part of its iron ore output in the event that more furnaces are shut down in the country, its chairman and chief executive officer Lourenço Gonçalves said on Wednesday.

Pilbara Minerals will restrict its lithium production in June and July due to reduced demand in the second quarter of 2019 caused by delays in the commissioning of chemical conversion capacity by the company’s key offtake partners in China.

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Conversations and panel discussions at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Roundtables in Chicago on September 14-16 largely centered around market uncertainty and navigating complex geopolitical landscapes during a time of energy transition and low domestic demand
Eagle Metals Inc is looking to diversify its copper and stainless steel supply chains in the face of soaring energy costs and rising demand, which could create supply deficits, according to the specialty reroll mill’s top executive
Base metals prices on the London Metal Exchange were mostly lower during morning trading on Monday September 26, with the strong dollar and demand concerns still weighing on the market
Following market feedback on the discrepancy between machine shop turnings and other ferrous scrap grades in the Houston dealer selling market, Fastmarkets proposes a realignment of the remaining grades in Houston, effective from the October 2022 monthly settlement.
Mixed near-term demand and stagnant prices could place US buyers at an advantage during this year’s steel HRC trading season
Key talking points at Fastmarkets’ International Aluminium conference, held in Barcelona, Spain, on September 12-15
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