This morning in metals news, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released fuel inventory build projections for Q2, Mexico is preparing to ease its coronavirus restrictions and the U.S. recently announced a move targeting China’s Huawei’s.
While many people are asking why Britain did not do it sooner — logically, at the beginning of the lockdown like most other countries — the U.K. has just announced this week it will be forcing all arrivals at its airports to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
This morning in metals news, Reuters reports the Trump administration plans to unveil plans that will outline a legal framework for mining on the moon, Norsk Hydro recently released its first-quarter results and Chinese iron ore futures made gains Wednesday.
This morning in metals news, Liberty Steel announced it would idled its Georgetown steelworks in South Carolina, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has implemented new procedures regarding rules of origin petitions related to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and Vale released its Q1 production results.
This morning in metals news, Oslo-based Norsk Hydro offered an update on the coronavirus outbreak’s impact on its operations, the U.S. Forest Service denied Minnesota’s request for an unreleased report on the impacts of copper mining and Minsur’s Brazilian subsidiary has closed amid the pandemic.
The Copper Monthly Metals Index (MMI) fell 10% this month.
This morning in metals news, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has reportedly locked down a mining province for 48 hours, the U.S. steel sector’s steel capacity utilization rate is 81.7% for the year through March 14 and Ford provided an update on its North American operations amid the coronavirus crisis.
This morning in metals news, China’s aluminum production through the first two months of the year was up despite the coronavirus outbreak, Rio Tinto offered an update on measures being undertaken at the Oyu Tolgoi project and the Federal Reserve has cut rates to nearly zero.
Before we head into the weekend, let’s take a look back at the week that was and some of the coverage here on MetalMiner, including: Tesla’s reported interest in cobalt-free batteries; the oil price crash; falling aluminum prices; supply-chain challenges amid the COVID-19 outbreak; Trump’s travel suspension; and global cobalt mine production:
This morning in metals news, President Donald Trump said the travel suspension announced Wednesday night does not include trade (despite seeming to indicate as much during his televised speech Wednesday night), shareholders have approved the merger agreement for Cleveland-Cliffs and AK Steel, and Cleveland-Cliffs’ CEO said a tariff loophole could lead him to close a steel plant in Butler, Pennsylvania.