The monthly Automotive MMI® registered a value of 103 in March, a decrease of 1 percent from 104 in February, on the back of some small price drops for precious metals, copper and lead.
Meanwhile, monthly auto sales data from February increased to 15.4 million vehicles on an annual basis, according to Automotive News. This rate of sales now comes close to pre-recession level sales in late 2007-early 2008.
“We don’t see the slight drop in the automotive index as indicative of trouble in the automotive market per se, though a sales executive at GM has acknowledged, ‘fiscal and structural headwinds exist, but said ample credit and rebounding home prices helped auto sales,'” said Lisa Reisman, managing editor of MetalMiner.
“Rather, we saw across the board price declines from the full range of base metals, steel, rare earth metals and precious metals,” Reisman continued.
A broad commodity drop will have an impact on any industry index measuring underlying price movements.
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After falling 6.1 percent, US platinum bar finished the month at $1,581 per ounce. Primary cash copper prices dropped 4.7 percent on the LME to $7,830 per metric ton. The Chinese lead price fell a slight 1.0 percent over the past month to $2,374 per metric ton.
Korean 5052 coil premium over 1050 sheet basically held pat last month around $4.00 per kilogram. Prices for US HDG remained constant this past month, holding at $757.00 per short ton.
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