The cash price of Indian primary aluminum saw the biggest increase at 0.7 percent, finishing at INR 105.65 ($2.05) per kilogram for April 18, 2012. On the LME, the cash price of primary aluminum declined 0.3 percent to $2,040 per metric ton. Also on the LME, the 3-month price of primary aluminum held steady around $2,087 per metric ton.
Chinese aluminum prices were mixed for the day. The cash price of Chinese primary aluminum rose 0.4 percent, remaining in the $2,500 range. Also in the $2,500 range, the price of Chinese aluminum billet finished the market day up 0.3 percent per metric ton. The price of Chinese aluminum scrap was unchanged at around the $2,600-per-metric-ton range. For the fifth consecutive day, the price of Chinese aluminum bar held flat, holding in the region of $2,200 per metric ton.