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Metals / Commodities

Are Aluminum Prices About To Break Out?

Jun 17, 2022 at 11:18 | Ag Metal Miner

In Aluminum trading, inventory levels directly linked with price direction continue through 2022. Demand outstripping supply caused falling inventory, and many assume prices are due to rise, except…

Steel Prices Are Sliding

Jun 15, 2022 at 10:51 | Ag Metal Miner

U.S. steel prices continue to retreat. After consistent week-over-week declines, HRC prices now sit more than 15% beneath their late-April peak while plate prices continue to trade sideways…

The LME Is Facing $500 Million In Lawsuits Over Nickel Short Squeeze

Jun 10, 2022 at 11:05 | Ag Metal Miner

Nickel prices appeared to hit a bottom in mid-May, but the trend remains down. Moreover, recent price action showed few signs of any bullish structures on a weekly…

Is The Battery Boom Officially Over?

Jun 07, 2022 at 09:48 | Ag Metal Miner

The term battery metals typically refers to lithium, nickel, and cobalt. The name stems from the fact that the three metals are frequently used in the production of…

China’s New Economic Stimulus Could Bolster Metals Demand

Jun 02, 2022 at 10:06 | Ag Metal Miner

Metal processors and traders throughout China are facing a grim reality today. Thanks to major economic shifts both within the country and without, metals demand has plummeted. Of…

Iron Prices Climb As China Reboots Its Economy

Jun 01, 2022 at 11:08 | Ag Metal Miner

It’s still touch-and-go for the steel sector in China despite the sprouting of the first shoots of a possible manufacturing recovery. However, last Monday, benchmark iron ore prices…

The Electric Vehicle Boom Has Turned Argentina Into A Lithium Hotspot

May 27, 2022 at 11:43 | Felicity Bradstock

Energy companies are showing excitement for lithium, often referred to as white gold, just as they showed great enthusiasm for oil in its heyday, well aware that it’s…

How Would A Carbon Tax Impact The Steel Industry?

May 26, 2022 at 11:24 | Ag Metal Miner

Global public opinion seems divided on whether or not to impose a “carbon tax” on the metal and mining sector. This goes double for steel. Depending on which…

The Bears Are Back In Metals Markets

May 23, 2022 at 10:09 | Stuart Burns

The bears are back in the metal markets, and one of their prime motivators is this year’s dismal prospects for China. A note…

Kazakhstan Cuts Iron Supplies To Russian Steelworks

May 20, 2022 at 10:24 | Eurasianet

Kazakhstan’s largest iron ore-enricher has cut supplies to a major steelworks in Siberia as the repercussions of international sanctions against Russia disrupt economic ties between these two members…

Steel Demand Is Taking A Beating As China Lockdowns Persist

May 17, 2022 at 10:04 | Ag Metal Miner

The ascent for U.S. steel prices faltered as HRC, CRC, and HDG prices began to fall in early May. Plate prices also took…

Tin Supply Is Running Dangerously Low

May 16, 2022 at 10:18 | Stuart Burns

Despite a strong rebound in output, the tin market is still dangerously short on supply. How will this affect the tin price forecast? Experts are rushing to weigh…

How Russia’s War Is Impacting Global Metals Prices

May 10, 2022 at 10:01 | Ag Metal Miner

From a technical perspective, global aluminum prices began to change their structure in short time frames, which could suggest further price drops. Currently,…

China’s COVID Lockdowns Push Copper Prices Lower

May 09, 2022 at 08:45 | Ag Metal Miner

Starting in late April, copper prices began to take out prior lows. It seemed like an attempt to find a bottom and reestablish…

Rare Earths Supply Is About To Get Much Tighter

May 05, 2022 at 09:17 | Ag Metal Miner

There’s something afoot on the rare earths front in China. Specifically, the country recently decided that it wants to tighten its export control laws. The regulation passed about…

The Battery Boom Will Redraw Geopolitical Maps

May 03, 2022 at 09:28 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has exposed, once again, the vulnerability of the global energy markets and economy to the actions of petrostates with the power to weaponize their…

New Lockdowns In China Are Hindering Global Steel Supply

May 03, 2022 at 09:24 | Ag Metal Miner

It’s first-year economics: everything comes down to supply and demand. Historically, the push and pull between these two massive market forces are cyclical, and that includes steel. When…

Experts: U.S. Could Enter Lithium Market In A Very Big Way

Apr 22, 2022 at 12:26 | Ag Metal Miner

The US could enter the lithium market in a very big way. At least, that’s what some experts are claiming. The global demand for lithium is on the…

The Aerospace Industry Is Grappling With A Titanium Supply Shortage

Apr 21, 2022 at 12:10 | Stuart Burns

Like other industry insiders, the team here at MetalMiner has paid very close attention to the way international sanctions on Russia are affecting metals markets. When the invasion…

Biden Is Using A Cold-War Era Act To Ramp Up Battery Metal Production

Apr 11, 2022 at 10:54 | Ag Metal Miner

As we noted in the Rare Earths MMI report, President Joe Biden recently called upon a provision of the Defense Production Act to…

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