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Tin prices continue to march higher. Tin is one of the best performers among industrial metals this year, up more than 40% from its January's lows. [caption id="attachment_80353" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Three-month London Metal Exchange tin price. Source: MetalMiner analysis of Fastmarkets.com data.[/caption] The metal continues to rise on a bull narrative of supply shortfall this year. China's Tin Production Falls The Chinese administration began environmental inspection at eight major provinces starting July 19th, leading to smelters in China either suspending or cutting back production. Two-Month Trial: Metal Buying Outlook The recommended plant relocations and maintenance operations are expected to keep smelters idle for more than a month in some cases, with many mills not yet clear on possible restart dates. Affected smelters account for some 45% of China's annual tin production, or around 110,000 metric tons of capacity. The cuts...
Tin Drivers [caption id="attachment_70211" align="alignright" width="200"] Want a short-term buying strategy for tin? Check out our FREE June Buying Outlook report![/caption] 1. Dollar to Euro exchange rate 2. Chinese tin ore imports 3. Indonesian export quantities 4. Global production Market Commentary Tin remains the “biggest loser” of all the industrial metals this year (with the exception of rare earth metals, currently not covered in this forecast report) falling 21% since the beginning of the year. Supply Glut The feared “Indonesian raw ore export ban” proved inconsequential for tin. In fact, Myanmar has provided ample quantities of tin ore to China and for the first time in 7 years, China has become a net exporter of tin. That development in combination with the bear commodities market in general and the strong dollar, continue to batter tin prices. However, we could see...
Tin prices are up as shipments have fallen off and the Philippines is, once again, considering a raw ore export ban in a bid to bolster local processing. Tin Shipments Fall, Prices Rise Falling shipments from top tin exporter Indonesia and predictions that a surge in mining in Myanmar is tapering off has led to a scramble for the metal, sending inventories to the lowest level in over seven-and-a-half years. Two-Month Trial: Metal Buying Outlook This provides a potential for further price gains for the metal mainly used to make solder for the electronics industry, already the second-best performer among industrial metals this year. Filipino Lawmaker Revives Ore Ban A Filipino lawmaker has revived a proposal to ban exports of unprocessed minerals to spur domestic processing, in a move that may tighten global nickel supply and make it an even...
While most analyst were calling for an increase in Tin prices this year, we were very skeptical. FREE Download: The Monthly MMI® Report – price trends for 10 metal markets. Despite the tin deficit, we believe that tin has more potential on the downside than on the upside. While the rest of the base metals complex keeps trending downward, it is hard to see tin prices trading above $25,000 per metric ton.
The South Crofty tin mine story has a new chapter as Canadian mining company Strongbow Exploration, Inc. announced plans for the historic site in Cornwall, U.K. It’s been a long and winding road, but just last month the West Briton reported that Strongbow finally completed the acquisition of the mine, which has seen its fair...
The South Crofty tin mine acquisition has finally been completed after initially being announced in March. Various news sources are reporting the Canadian company Strongbow Exploration has acquired 100% interest in Western United Mines Ltd. and Cornish Minerals Ltd. (Bermuda). Want a short- and medium-term buying outlook for aluminum, copper, tin, lead, zinc, nickel and...
The World Bureau of Metal Statistics' recent monthly bulletin reported that the tin market recorded a narrow deficit of 300 tons during the January to March period with total reported stocks falling 800 tons during January and ended the quarter down 1,100 tons from December 2013. The stock drawdown appears to be a result of the regulations, as tin supplies from Indonesia, the world’s largest exporter, have been hit as they force all tin ingot shipments to comply with higher purity rules and to first trade via the Indonesia's Commodities & Derivatives exchange.
Dating back to last year, tin is in a fairly low place. Prices had declined by nearly half compared to 2013, making the metal the worst faring of all the base metals. Surely there is nowhere to go but up, right? For 2016, we've identified the main tin price drivers as: China GDP and PMI Data The dollar to euro exchange rate Myanmar tin mining For a long-term industrial buying strategy for tin, complete with specific support and resistance levels, download your complimentary copy of our 2016 Annual Metals Outlook report! This report also includes commodities markets and industrial metals market analysis, in addition to key price drivers and commentary on aluminum, nickel, lead, copper, zinc and various forms of steel, in addition to tin.
One word can be used to describe the London tin market, currently: tight. While the low volume of tin on the London Metal Exchange has been an issue for some time now, its tin contract is now showing signs of entering into a period of volatility, according to a recent report from Reuters. The spread closed this week and brought tin to its tightest point thus far in 2016. The reason for the squeeze? In part it's due to Indonesia, the world's largest exporter of tin. Shipments have been declining for the past several years, but that decline intensified in January with a 63% year-over-year drop. Want a short- and medium-term buying outlook for aluminum, copper, tin, lead, zinc, nickel and several forms of steel? Subscribe to our monthly buying outlook reports! This substantial drop off can be attributed to...
The people of Cornwall in South West England have the twin blessing of living in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, considered by many a vacation destination, and the curse of high unemployment. The area’s remoteness from any centers of commerce or industry have contributed to its unspoiled countryside, but likewise to...
Tin was the strongest base metal in February. Free Download: The February 2016 MMI Report After hitting a new six-year low in mid-January, the metal has bounced back up like a tennis ball. Indeed, since January 15th tin has risen more than 20% and many would consider this a bull market. This sharp move can be attributed to several factors: [caption id="attachment_77255" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Tin hits a new four-month high. Source: FastMarkets.[/caption] A weaker dollar in February contributed to a price increase across dollar-denominated commodities, including, of course, the industrial metals complex. February's gains come after significant losses in previous months. Low prices lured bargain hunters in February to buy tin. The latest data showed that the decline in Indonesian shipments intensified in January, with a 63% year-over-year drop. Indonesian refiners had begun suspending operations due to weak global prices...
Tin Drivers: [caption id="attachment_71086" align="alignright" width="200"] Want a short-term buying strategy for tin? Check out our complimentary July Metal Buying Outlook report![/caption] 1. Dollar to Euro exchange rate 2. Indonesian export quantities 3. Chinese tin ore imports 4. Global Production Market Commentary Tin has not had a good year. Prices have fallen 24% year-to-date after falling 15% in 2014. All base metals have fallen this year (and continue to fall) but at least a couple have attempted to show some price strength. Tin has been unable to rally at all for the past 18 months. A sideways market for tin would be a big improvement. Moreover, the Indonesian tin export restrictions have essentially backfired. The limit of 4,500 metric tons per month, set to go into effect in April never happened. In fact, according to Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade, the...
South Crofty, a once prolific tin mine located near Redruth in the UK, has been shut down for nearly 20 years but that soon may change. Full-pocketed foreign investors recently met with local councillors to discuss reopening the tin mine there after it closed in the late '90s due to plummeting tin prices and despite an abundance of natural mineral resources valued in the billions. "There is a fortune down there underground," Councillor Malcolm Moyle told the Western Morning News. "The question is about getting it out as cheaply and efficiently as possible and that is the issue at the moment." Want a short- and medium-term buying outlook for aluminum, copper, tin, lead, zinc, nickel and several forms of steel? Subscribe to our monthly buying outlook reports! Moyle stands apart as the most optimistic booster of tin mining returning to...
After trading sideways for nine consecutive months, tin prices finally succumbed. Free Download: New! The January 2016 MMI Report Although other sources were calling for higher prices in 2016, in our monthly and annual outlooks we continued to recommend buying only small quantities. In the face of a rising dollar, China's slowdown and falling commodity markets, tin buyer should only expect downside moves. [caption id="attachment_76258" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Tin breaking down its support level barriers. Source: MetalMiner analysis of FastMarkets.com data.[/caption] Indonesian Regulations In November, Indonesia introduced new rules requiring tin exporters to obtain new “clean and clear” (CnC) certification. Many firms ramped up exports ahead of it. Indonesian exports from January-November dropped by 1.9% compared to the same period last year, a somewhat negligible result. However, exports in December exceeded 10,300 metric tons, whereas December 2015 exports are unlikely to...
By most people’s reckoning, tin should have been considerably higher today than it was at the start of the year. Indonesia introduced an export ban at the end of last year for a range of non-ferrous ores, including tin concentrates, in addition to requiring exports of refined metal to be first sold via a domestic exchange. FREE Download: The Monthly MMI® Report – price trends for 10 metal markets. Reasonably, as one of the world’s largest producers, the Indonesian government wanted, at least, to see more value-add processing done within the country in an effort to maximize the return from their dwindling reserves.
Tin producers would obviously like to think so and recent developments may suggest they have grounds for optimism in 2016. Free Download: Last Chance for the September MMI Report According to the World Bureau of Metal Statistics (WBMS) the global tin market recorded a deficit in the first 6 months of the year of 18,500 metric tons. Both refined Asian production and Chinese consumption were down for a number of reasons, but in spite of the deficit the price took a hammering along with the rest of the commodity sector. The Tin Dynamics Chief among the reasons for this battering, it would be easy to say, was a selloff across all metal categories due to the slow down in Chinese growth and fears over the state of the Chinese stock market. Yet, tin has some specific dynamics all its own...
Perak, one of 13 Malaysian states, recently announced plans to jumpstart its tin mining industry in order to boost its income. According to a recent report from The Malay Mail, Perak’s local government granted the industry approval for tin ore exploration in the region and, once identified, license to mine the metal-rich areas. Want a...
Everyone agrees that tin's supply and demand fundamentals look much better than other base metals like aluminum or nickel. Markets wherein producers have seriously mis-timed the new wave of production capacity and large inventory levels in the exchanges are removing any hope of their markets moving into deficit. Free Sample Report: Our Annual Metal Buying Outlook A better fundamental story has helped tin prices avoid further declines in Q2 and Q3. Over the past 7-plus months tin prices have traded between $16,500 and $13,500 per metric ton. [caption id="attachment_74634" align="aligncenter" width="500"] LME tin prices have been range-bound for the past 7 months. Source: MetalMiner analysis of Fastmarkets.com data.[/caption] Although, Myanmar has made up for much of Indonesia’s gradual production decline, it’s still unclear whether its production has the potential to double output in the future. In September, tin prices rose...
Tin prices are strengthening due in part to rising demand from alloy industries. The Business Standard reports that while tin prices are increasing, copper continues its decline due to “reduced offtake from industrial users.” Want a short- and medium-term buying outlook for aluminum, copper, tin, lead, zinc, nickel and several forms of steel? Sign up for...
New technologies can revolutionize the demand landscape for materials, just witness the demands created on lithium supply by the relentless growth of lithium-ion batteries, a trend that many believe has only just begun with the imminent advent of the mainstream electric car. Free Download: The March 2016 MMI Report New technological developments can also dramatically affect the demand picture for already well-established metals such as the impact automotive lightweighting has had on aluminum demand, spurring massive investment in new rolling mills and lifting annual demand by significant percentage points. New Demand vs. Established Supply The impact on market balance is most acute in those markets where the supply side is already constrained, so a recent presentation by the ITRI about the effect on tin demand that developments in energy-related research and development makes interesting reading, as it is widely held...