Run on Cobalt Begins as Automakers Make Lithium Battery Plans; Clean Power Plan Will End

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Investors are running up cobalt prices as automakers and suppliers stock up on the raw material for lithium-ion batteries as they prepare for an increase in electric vehicle production.

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Reuters reported that Shanghai Chaos Investments and Switzerland-based Pala Investments as two of the companies that invested heavily in cobalt last year, although the amount they’ve stockpiled is unknown.

On Dec. 1, cobalt was just around $30,000 per metric ton on the London Metal Exchange. As of Monday, one mt of cobalt was trading around $49,000. That’s an increase of 63% in three months.

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President Trump is expected to issue orders next week that will begin the process of striking the Clean Power Plan and ending a moratorium on new coal mining on federal lands.

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The plan was largely opposed by manufacturers and metals producers. Its end will most likely bring a sigh of relief from utilities with coal-dominated generation mixes, as well, since they won’t have to alter their generation mixes within any deadlines.

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