December 2020

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 23/12: Nickel leads recovery in LME forward prices

There were slight rises across the London Metals Exchange base metals complex on Wednesday December 23, led by a 1.5% uptick in nickel, after they dropped collectively earlier in the week following news of the rapid spread of a new strain of the Covid-19 virus in the United Kingdom.


A summary of London Metal Exchange warrant premiums from across the globe for the week to Wednesday December 23.

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 23/12: Zinc leads slight gains on LME after two days of losses

Base metals recovered some lost ground in non-descript trading on the morning of Wednesday December 23 on the London Metal Exchange, with zinc rising the most after two days of losses caused by the news of a new Covid-19 variant damaging sentiment.

MORNING VIEW: Base metals prices slip from highs, but generally consolidate

Base metals prices on the Shanghai Futures Exchange were mainly lower this morning, Wednesday December 23, while those on the London Metal Exchange were mixed.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 5 key stories from December 22

Here are five Fastmarkets stories you might have missed on Tuesday December 22 that are worth another look.


A summary of base metals premiums from across the globe for the week to Tuesday December 22.

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 22/12: Nickel falls 2.8%, aluminium drops below $2,000/t

LME nickel’s three-month price saw the biggest drop in the base metals complex on Tuesday December 22, with most metals correcting down from their recent 2020 highs in reaction to news of a new variant of Covid-19.

2021 PREVIEW: Markets wary of worsening shipping problems ahead of Chinese New Year

Shipping problems faced by commodity market participants are likely to get worse ahead of Chinese New Year on February 12, 2021, sources told Fastmarkets.

Brazil's CBA to start 2021 with 50% higher aluminium billet capacity

Brazilian aluminium producer Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio (CBA) will begin 2021 with new extrusion billet capacity after two years of investments to increase it by 50%, the company said on Monday December 21.


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