What do China’s surging copper imports tell us about the economy for 2021?

China has had a fraction of the deaths and hospitalizations from the COVID-19 pandemic that Western societies have had. Furthermore, China had an economic bounceback that saw its GDP rise 2.3% last year. China’s bounceback The rebound has been impressive. Construction of new high-speed train lines to smaller provincial cities and new motorways connecting remote…

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China has had a fraction of the deaths and hospitalizations from the COVID-19 pandemic that Western societies have had. Furthermore, China had an economic bounceback that saw its GDP rise 2.3% last year. China’s bounceback The rebound has been impressive. Construction of new high-speed train lines to smaller provincial cities and new motorways connecting remote...

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This Morning in Metals: Rio Tinto iron ore shipments rise 2% in Q4 2020

This morning in metals news: Rio Tinto’s iron ore shipments rose 2% year over year in Q4 2020; the Energy Information Administration forecast 2021 will see less power generation from natural gas this year; after rising during the first week of 2021, the LME three-month aluminum price has since been sliding. Rio Tinto reports rise…

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This morning in metals news: Rio Tinto’s iron ore shipments rose 2% year over year in Q4 2020; the Energy Information Administration forecast 2021 will see less power generation from natural gas this year; after rising during the first week of 2021, the LME three-month aluminum price has since been sliding. Rio Tinto reports rise...

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Week in Review: January 2021 MMI is out; what’s in store for iron ore?; Oyu Tolgoi expansion faces pushback

Before we head into the weekend, let’s take a quick look back at the week that was and the metals storylines here on MetalMiner, including the release of the January 2021 MMI, a look at what might happen to the iron ore price and much more. Inauguration Day draws near for President-elect Joe Biden, leaving…

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Before we head into the weekend, let’s take a quick look back at the week that was and the metals storylines here on MetalMiner, including the release of the January 2021 MMI, a look at what might happen to the iron ore price and much more. Inauguration Day draws near for President-elect Joe Biden, leaving...

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Stainless MMI: Demand, prices to increase in 2021; ATI exits standard stainless sheet product market

The Stainless Monthly Metals Index (MMI) increased by 6.0% this month, as ATI issued a major announcement and China ups its stainless imports from Indonesia. ATI exits stainless steel commodity market products Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) …

The Stainless Monthly Metals Index (MMI) increased by 6.0% this month, as ATI issued a major announcement and China ups its stainless imports from Indonesia. ATI exits stainless steel commodity market products Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) announced Dec. 2 that the company would exit the standard stainless sheet product market. The move reduces availability of...

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Copper MMI: Prices pick up after a slow December

The Copper Monthly Metals Index (MMI) increased 3.3% this month, as copper producers have faced challenges that are impacting supply. After a slow December, copper prices continued to increase the first week of January. Prices surpassed the $8,000/mt m…

The Copper Monthly Metals Index (MMI) increased 3.3% this month, as copper producers have faced challenges that are impacting supply. After a slow December, copper prices continued to increase the first week of January. Prices surpassed the $8,000/mt mark. However, copper prices remain volatile. As the pandemic continues to develop, the U.S. dollar remains around...

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This Morning in Metals: Oyu Tolgoi copper mine expansion faces termination by Mongolian government

This morning in metals news: Turquoise Hill Resources offered an update on the Oyu Tolgoi copper mine expansion project; renewable power generation will continue to rise this year in the U.S.; and the aluminum price has traded sideways over the last mo…

This morning in metals news: Turquoise Hill Resources offered an update on the Oyu Tolgoi copper mine expansion project; renewable power generation will continue to rise this year in the U.S.; and the aluminum price has traded sideways over the last month. Are rising MW premiums causing concern? See how service centers take advantage of...

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Aluminum MMI: DOC to launch new Aluminum Import Monitoring system

This month the Aluminum Monthly Metals Index (MMI) remained flat, as the Department of Commerce announced the creation of a new Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis system. Does aluminum content call to you? We’re rolling out more on LinkedIn.  New Aluminum Import Monitoring system On Dec. 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the…

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This month the Aluminum Monthly Metals Index (MMI) remained flat, as the Department of Commerce announced the creation of a new Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis system. Does aluminum content call to you? We’re rolling out more on LinkedIn.  New Aluminum Import Monitoring system On Dec. 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the...

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This Morning in Metals: Ford, Mahindra end joint venture talks

This morning in metals news: Ford Motor Co. and Mahindra announced the mutual decision to end joint venture talks; the Energy Information Administration released its quarterly coal report; and, finally, the zinc price has retraced. Become part of the MetalMiner LinkedIn group and stay connected to trends we’re watching and interesting metal facts. Ford, Mahindra…

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This morning in metals news: Ford Motor Co. and Mahindra announced the mutual decision to end joint venture talks; the Energy Information Administration released its quarterly coal report; and, finally, the zinc price has retraced. Become part of the MetalMiner LinkedIn group and stay connected to trends we’re watching and interesting metal facts. Ford, Mahindra...

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This Morning in Metals: Steel imports down 22.1% through November

This morning in metals news: U.S. steel imports dropped 22.1% year over year through the first 11 months of the year; the U.S. international trade deficit rose by 5.5% from October to November; and global aluminum production totaled 5.47 million metric…

This morning in metals news: U.S. steel imports dropped 22.1% year over year through the first 11 months of the year; the U.S. international trade deficit rose by 5.5% from October to November; and global aluminum production totaled 5.47 million metric tons in November. Steel is cool. Follow us on LinkedIn to hang out with...

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Best of 2020: top copper posts of the year

Continuing our rundown of the best of 2020, let’s take a look back at the year that was for copper. Like other metals, copper suffered an early-year swoon. The LME three-month copper price fell to just over $4,600 per metric ton in late March, as nations around the world began to battle the early stages…

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Continuing our rundown of the best of 2020, let’s take a look back at the year that was for copper. Like other metals, copper suffered an early-year swoon. The LME three-month copper price fell to just over $4,600 per metric ton in late March, as nations around the world began to battle the early stages...

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