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Before we head into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the week’s news and some of the metals storylines here on MetalMiner: Aluminum prices reach 10-year high while a coup in Guinea threatens to disrupt global bauxite supply, China-Australia iron ore trade surges ahead despite ongoing tensions; and see MetalMiner’s analyst-driven Monthly Metals Index updates for aluminum, raw steels, copper, stainless.

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News for the Week of Sept. 7-10

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crude oil

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This morning in metals news: In a bid to aid domestic refiners currently limited by steep energy costs, China announced plans to auction crude oil from its strategic reserves. In other news, Shell declares force majeure as Hurricane Ida’s fallout continues. Also in the news, July steel shipments show 37% year over year rise.

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aluminum ingot stacked for export

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This morning in metals news: Aluminum prices reach 10-year highs after a coup in Guinea threatens to disrupt global bauxite supply. In other news, steep commodity prices send China’s factory-gate inflation to a 13-year high. Also in the news, Hurricane Ida’s damage leaves more than 75% of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil production offline.

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crude oil

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This morning in metals news: Oil price fall nearly 3% on Monday. Chinese steel exports rise in July. Copper and cobalt production to double at Tenke Fungurume mine in the DCR with a $2.5 billion investment from a Chinese firm.

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natural gas

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Before we head into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the news that was and some of the metals storylines here on MetalMiner: Soaring natural gas prices and inflation; China’s aims to further reduce steel output; Aluminum prices near a decade high, according to our Monthly Metals Index coverage. Look for the Copper MMI and more next week.

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semiconductor and automobile

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This morning in metals news: The global semiconductor shortage may continue into the next year or more. In other news, after failing to reach an agreement Thursday on the $1 trillion infrastructure bill, the U.S. Senate aims to finalize it Saturday. Also in the news, South Korea plans to raise its stockpiles of 35 “critical metals.”

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cars lined up

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This morning in metals news: An executive order is expected Thursday from President Joe Biden pledging that 50% of new vehicles sold in 2030 be zero-emissions. In other news, EVE Energy announced plans for a lithium-ion battery facility in China. Also, GFG settles disputes with Tata Steel and Rio Tinto following financing issues.

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