Weekly Stainless Steel Index: China Nickel Price Increases

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Daily Stainless Complex Movers

On Feb. 8, 2013, the spot price of nickel fell by 1.4 percent on the LME, landing at $18,215 per metric ton and making it the day’s biggest mover. The 3-month price of nickel saw a 1.1 percent decline on the LME to $18,295 per metric ton.

Following a 0.8 percent rise last Friday, the Indian nickel cash price closed up.

Weekly Stainless Price Index Trends

The week’s biggest mover on the Stainless MMI® was the price of Chinese primary nickel, which saw a 1.7 percent increase.

Following a 6.4 percent increase in the week prior, the nickel 3-month price fell 0.9 percent on the LME last week to $18,295 per metric ton. The spot price of nickel fell 0.8 percent on the LME to $18,215 per metric ton after rising 6.3 percent the week before.

Following a 5.4 percent increase in the week prior, the Indian nickel cash price fell 0.4 percent last week.

Chinese 304 and 316 stainless steel coil and scrap remained essentially flat from the previous week.

Chinese ferro-chrome prices held steady from the previous week as well, and there was virtually no movement for Chinese ferro-moly prices either.

today's metal prices - MetalMiner IndXPrices for Korean 430 stainless steel coil remained constant, and the price of Korean 304 stainless coil did not change since the previous week.

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