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Copper prices fell but remain above $3 a pound

May 1, 2018
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Steel rices remain higher while production is falling

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Stainless markets stronger

April 24, 2018
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The index’s increase was driven by the rise in stainless steel surcharges, despite slightly falling LME nickel prices this month. Other related metals in the stainless steel basket increased.

LME Nickel

In April, nickel price momentum appears to have recovered from its previous pace.

LME nickel prices dropped in March, along with other base metals. However, the drop appears less sharp than for aluminum or copper.

Source: MetalMiner analysis of FastMarkets

LME nickel prices remain high and far away from 2017 lows back in May or June, when MetalMiner recommended buying organizations buy some volume forward. Prices back at that time were around $8,800/mt versus the current $13,200/mt price level.

Domestic Stainless Steel Market

Following the recovery in stainless steel momentum, domestic stainless steel surcharges increased this month.

The 316/316L-coil NAS surcharge reached $0.96/pound. Therefore, buying organizations may want to look at surcharges to identify opportunities to reduce price risk either via forward buys or hedging.

Source: Source: MetalMiner data from MetalMiner IndX(™)

The pace of stainless steel surcharge increases appears to have slowed this month. However, surcharges have increased from 2017. The 316/316L-coil NAS surcharge is closer to $0.96/pound.


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Chemical Industry activity is up

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Copper prices are also higher

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Oil prices remain high

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Steel production and prices remain higher

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Copper prices also high

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