Stainless MMI®: 3.0% Decline for Chinese 316 Stainless Steel Scrap

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Chinese 316 stainless steel scrap dropped to CNY 16,200 ($2,603) per metric ton making it the biggest mover on the weekly Stainless MMI® this week, after drifting 3.0 percent. For the third week in a row, the price of Chinese primary nickel dropped, falling 0.3 percent to CNY 117,700 ($18,915) per metric ton. At CNY 17,700 ($2,844) per metric ton, the week finished with no movement for Chinese 304 stainless steel scrap. Chinese 304 stainless coil traded sideways last week, hovering around CNY 17,700 ($2,844) per metric ton. Following a steady week, prices for Chinese 316 stainless coil closed flat at CNY 26,500 ($4,259) per metric ton.

Closing at CNY 8,300 ($1,334) per metric ton, Chinese ferro-chrome remained unchanged for the week. At CNY 145,000 ($23,302) per metric ton, the price of Chinese ferro-moly did not change since the previous week.

At KRW 2.6 million ($2,376) per metric ton, the week finished with no movement for Korean 430 stainless steel coil. Prices for Korean 304 stainless coil remained constant, closing the week at KRW 4.2 million ($3,881) per metric ton.

The spot price of nickel fell 1.2 percent on the LME over the past week to $16,510 per metric ton. This was the fourth week in a row of declining prices. The nickel 3-month price fell 1.1 percent on the LME over the past week to $16,575 per metric ton. This was the fourth week in a row of declining prices. The cash price of primary Indian nickel rose 0.7 percent to INR 900.80 ($16.51) per kilogram after falling 1.8 percent during the previous week.

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