Century Aluminum Co on Premiums; China Scrap Price Rises on Index

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According to Century Aluminum’s president and CEO, Michael Bless, aluminum premiums are “still too high to transact new business,” according to Reuters.

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“Premiums paid for physical delivery of the metal to the U.S. Midwest on top of the LME benchmark price are still at 11.8 cents per lb, which equates to $260 per tonne, he said. In Europe, duty-paid premiums are at $270 per tonne, he said.”

Bless went on to say, ‘We haven’t seen much movement yet. The market’s in a state of flux and nobody wants to set a new (premium) level,” after Century announced its second-quarter earnings.

The price of Chinese aluminum scrap increased by 4.6 percent on Tuesday, July 30, making it the day’s biggest mover.

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Tuesday saw the price of Chinese aluminum billet drift down 0.7 percent after three quiet days. Chinese aluminum primary saw its price drop 0.3 percent to a 30-day low yesterday. The price of Chinese aluminum bar was unchanged.

The aluminum 3-month price weakened by 0.2 percent on the LME, settling at $1,802 per metric ton. Following two days of downward movement, the cash price of primary aluminum held steady at $1,760 per metric ton on the LME.

The Indian aluminum cash price declined 0.1 percent.

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