Supply concerns and a weaker dollar breathed second life into the base metals rally over the past week, although sources say prices are unlikely to maintain current levels on fundamentals alone. Nickel was the standout during the week as continued tightness in the market drove up prices not seen since June, 2008. Base metals ended.. read more →

The unexpected revival of stainless steel production in the first quarter is having a dramatic effect on the raw material supply chain, with nickel moving into a deficit and ferrochrome and molybdenum prices up more than 30% since the beginning of the year. The recovery of the stainless sector has been quite surprising especially considering.. read more →

Copper prices surged Monday as traders tried to gauge the extent of disruption to output from Saturday’s earthquake in Chile, the world’s top copper producer. Three month copper erased last week’s losses, rocketing 3.7% higher to end second ring trade on the LME at $7.360 per tonne on Monday vs. Friday’s close at $7,096 per.. read more →

  • Aluminum

North American spot aluminum premiums continue to race upward, grazing 43 month highs in the new year as reduced supply and increased demand create a feeling of tightness in the domestic market. Fewer US imports of aluminum products are one factor behind the supply side tightness in the domestic market. Russia a top supplier of.. read more →

Prices for higher grades of copper scrap have edged lower as primary metal on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange comes under downward pressure and a pickup in overseas demand fails to meet expectations. The brass ingot makers’ No. 1 and No. 2 copper scrap fell 3 cents across the East and.. read more →

North American aluminum mills reported a slight but significant uptick in orders in May from the previous month, suggesting that the market might have reached bottom after nearly two quarters of slackening demand. “We are finally seeing some stabilization, some signs of maybe an increase,” one aluminum trader said. Extruded products led the charge with.. read more →

Aleris International, Inc., a Beachwood, Ohio-based producer of aluminum sheet and ingot from scrap, squared off against its lone shareholder Wednesday, offering arguments to a bankruptcy court supporting the structure of proposed Chapter 11 financing for the company during its reorganization. TPG Capital, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is the sole owner of Aleris’ stock… read more →

The aluminum market is benefiting from increased substitution out of copper and steel-based products in the wake of soaring prices, according to Richard B. Evans of Alcan Inc., Montreal. In the past few years and especially more recently, aluminum has benefited at the expense of steel and copper as those metals experienced enormous price jumps… read more →

Unlike the carbon side of the steel industry, stainless service centers are keeping tight reins on inventory, though mills aren’t limiting production. Executives at the stainless service centers say they’re keeping a smaller inventory than normal. The smaller inventories are not because of a lack of demand, but the surcharge cost. Centers say keeping too.. read more →

30 Oct 2006
October 30, 2006

Panama Canal Expansion Gets ‘Go’

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Voters in Panama have approved a referendum for a $5.3-billion expansion of the Panama Canal, expected to double the canal’s capacity by 2014. The referendum passed by a margin of 78% to 22%. The project will add a third set of locks, each 1,400 feet long and 180 feet wide, giving bigger freighters carrying up.. read more →