LIVE FUTURES REPORT 15/06: Most SHFE base metals prices down, tin bucks the trend

Base metals prices on the Shanghai Futures Exchange were broadly lower during Asian morning trading on Friday June 15, pressured by a strengthening US dollar.

The US dollar index stood at 94.95 on Thursday’ close, up 0.13% from Wednesday’s close, supported by the US Federal Open Market Committee announcement of a 25-basis-point-rise in interest rates at its meeting on Wednesday and hinting at another two more rounds of potential rate raises by the year end.

Moreover, weaker-than-expected Chinese economic data dragged down base metal complex further. China’s fixed asset investment rose 6.1% year on year in May, against a 7% rise the previous month, while the country’s industrial production rose 6.8% on an annual basis in May, compared with 7% growth in April

Market sentiment was also pessimistic following media reports suggesting US President Trump and his administration will be announcing a swathe of tariffs against Chinese products as early as today.

Aluminium recorded the largest losses of the morning session, with the most-traded August contract price on the SHFE dropping to 14,465 yuan ($2,260) per tonne as at 10.30 am Shanghai time, down 155 yuan per tonne from Thursday’s close.

Meanwhile, rising output also put downward pressure on the light metal.

Chinese electrolytic aluminium production reached 2.79 million tonnes in May, up 1.5% from the same period last year, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on June 14.

SHFE copper prices were down on weak demand ahead of the three-day Dragon Boat Festival in China starting tomorrow during Friday’s morning session.

The most active August copper contract price slipped 190 yuan per tonne to 53,440 yuan per tonne as at 10.30 am Shanghai time.

By contrast, the tin price edged up 0.16% to 147,670 yuan per tonne, well supported by forecasts of near-term tightness in the market.

Other base metals prices

  • The SHFE July lead contract price dipped 75 yuan per tonne to 20,175 yuan per tonne.
  • The SHFE August zinc contract price rose 155 yuan per tonne to 24,145 yuan per tonne.
  • The SHFE September Nickel contract price 270 yuan per tonne to 114,270 yuan per tonne.

Currency moves and data releases

  • The dollar index was up 0.13% at 94.95 as of 10.23 am Shanghai time.
  • In other commodities, the Brent crude oil spot price was down 0.16% to $75.76 per barrel as of 10.23 am Shanghai time.
  • In equities, the Shanghai Composite was down by 0.91% to 3016.57 at 12.01am Shanghai time.
  • In US data on Friday, we have industrial production, TIC long term purchase, Empire State Manufacturing Index numbers due out.
LME snapshot at 03:23 London time
Latest 3M  LME Prices
  Price ($/t)  Change since yesterday’s close ($)
Copper 7,144 -33
Aluminium 2,250 -6
Lead 2,456 3
Zinc 3,170 -17
Tin 20,830 -50
Nickel 15,230 -55
SHFE snapshot at 10:30Shanghai time
Most traded SHFE contracts
  Price (yuan/t)  Change since yesterday’s close (yuan)
Copper  53,440 -190
Aluminium 14,465 -155
Zinc 24,145 -155
Lead 20,175 -75
Tin  147,670 240
Nickel  114,270 -270
Changjiang spot snapshot on June  15
  Range (yuan/t)  Change (yuan)
Copper  53,080—53,140 -310
Aluminium 14,320—14,360 -220
Zinc 24,270—24,320 -280
Lead 20,350—20,550 -200
Tin  146,000—148,000 0
Nickel  115,750—115,950 -1,950