Nickel Prices Fall Near 2009 Lows, Now Under $10,000 Per Metric Ton

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Nickel has already halved its year-to-date value after peaking in May 2014.

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This week, prices fell below the $10,000 per metric ton, a physiological resistance level. Prices are now approaching the record low of 2009 when prices hit $8,850/mt. If so, nickel would be the first industrial metal to fall below recession levels.

3M LME Nickel below $10k and approaching record lows

3-month LME Nickel below $10,000 and approaching record lows. Graph: MetalMiner.

The slump in prices made some producers cut output and we’ve heard people talking about a price spike as producers are underwater. But as you are aware, production costs do not determine prices, investors do.

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The bearish momentum in China’s stock market and the commodities markets will keep a lid on nickel prices and, in our view, prices could keep sliding. Why not? They’re already nearing the lows of 2009.

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