Week in Review: Rio Tinto’s Dunkerque Smelter, Nickel and NALCO

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Before we head into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the week that was here on MetalMiner:

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  • Rio Tinto’s massive Dunkerque aluminum smelter is possibly set to change hands — to a familiar buyer, our Stuart Burns writes.
  • A tight nickel market has seen prices of the metal soar in recent weeks.
  • India’s state-owned National Aluminum Company is thinking big with a little more revenue in the bank for projects.
  • In case you missed it, we released our January Monthly Metals Index (MMI) Report earlier this week.
  • China is often the focal point in U.S. discussions of potential trade remedies vis-a-vis metals imports — but should that be the case?
  • Fitch recently warned of upcoming rate rises.
  • Burns again touched on that recent superstar, zinc — how much higher can it go? For context, LME primary cash zinc hovered around $2,723/metric around this time last January, according to MetalMiner IndX data — meanwhile, yesterday the metal hit $3,444/mt.
  • The U.S. International Trade Commission voted last week to continue the anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations of common alloy aluminum sheet from China. As can often be the case, reactions to this are mixed within the domestic industry.
  • Sticking on the trade case front, the U.S. Department of Commerce made a preliminary ruling on steel flanges from India and China.
  • Steel has gotten off to a strong start this calendar year, our Irene Martinez Canorea writes.

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