February 2019

FOCUS: Participants downplay impact of potential power shortage in Inner Mongolia on China’s ferro-alloys industry

Following reports of a potential power shortage in one of China’s major ferro-alloy production hubs in the second quarter of this year, market participants have downplayed any immediate impact on ferro-alloy prices in the country, saying they intend to adopt a wait-and-see stance in the run up to April.

GLOBAL MANGANESE WRAP: Low-grade ore prices into China lose recent gains

Prices in China for imports of 37% manganese ore fell over the week ended Friday February 22, with some buyers resisting recent rises in offer prices.

US delays rise in tariffs on $200 bln of Chinese imports

US President Donald Trump has postponed his administration’s plans to increase the current import duties on $200 billion-worth of Chinese goods, de-escalating the trade tensions between the two countries.

BATTERY RAW MATERIALS MARKET REPORT 22/02: China spot lithium-hydroxide prices fall; cobalt on downtrend

An overview of the battery raw materials markets and their price moves from the past week.

FASTMARKETS NON-FERROUS PRICE CHANGES 22/02: Noble alloys, bulk alloys & ores

The following Fastmarkets noble alloys, bulk alloys and ores prices changed on Friday February 22:

PRICING NOTICE: Proposal to amend Chinese silico-manganese price assessment

Fastmarkets proposes to change the basis of its price assessment for Chinese silico-manganese, min 65% Mn, max 17% Si, from delivered duty paid to in-warehouse duty paid.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 5 key stories from February 21

Here are five Fastmarkets MB stories you might have missed on Thursday February 21 that are worth another look.

Eramet's 2018 manganese ore output hits record 4.3mln t

Eramet produced a record 4.3 million tonnes of manganese ore in 2018, up 4% year on year, the company said.

Ferro-alloys, copper successions most meaningful since IPO - Glencore's Glasenberg

Glencore’s leadership changes in its ferro-alloys and copper departments represent the most meaningful steps in development and succession since the trader-miner’s initial public offering (IPO), chief executive officer Ivan Glasenberg said.

Strong manganese ore prices enable Jupiter Mines to announce 24% dividend

Buoyant manganese ore prices and strong demand have enabled Africa-focused Jupiter Mines to announce a 24% dividend yield on its shares in its first year of being listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).