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This morning in metals news, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported prices of U.S. imports increased in May, Alcoa will begin the formal process of dismissing employees at the San Ciprián aluminum smelter, and India wants its oil and gas producers to use more domestically produced steel.

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As we predicted last week, the LME to SHFE arbitrage window has closed.

Investors were unlikely to leave that open for long and the resulting inflow of half a million tons of aluminum in May no doubt contributed to a narrowing of the delta.

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Norsk Hydro’s Alunorte refinery. Source: Norsk Hydro

This morning in metals news, Norsk Hydro’s primary aluminum, bauxite and alumina production levels were up in April and May, the Aluminum Association reiterates its stance against the reimposition of tariffs on Canadian aluminum, and April U.S. steel shipments fell 31.5%.

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The Aluminum Monthly Metals Index (MMI) increased by nearly 1.4% this month.

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This morning in metals news, the Aluminum Extruders Council has released a statement calling for the U.S. to rescind its aluminum import tariffs, U.S. raw steel production came in at a capacity utilization rate of 53.3% for the week ending June 6 and Thyssenkrupp plans to partners with RWE on technology aimed at curbing emissions from steel production.

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This morning in metals news, workers at Italy’s Ilva steel plant will go on strike to protest a reported job cuts plan by plant owner ArcelorMittal, Alcoa has begun to lay off workers at its Ferndale, Washington aluminum smelter and President Donald Trump renewed a previous threat to impose tariffs on automobiles imported from the E.U.

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This morning in metals news, Constellium has inked a long-term contract with plane manufacturer Airbus, the U.S. Department of Commerce has launched a Section 232 investigation related to imports of vanadium and Chinese rebar prices have reached a nine-year high.

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Aluminum prices have been on an upward trend the last week or two, currently holding comfortably above $1,500 per ton for spot cash after months in the $1,400s.

The market, though, is undergoing convulsions.

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This morning in metals news, aluminum maker Norsk Hydro recently announced the formation of a joint venture that will aim to recycle electric vehicle batteries, the Aluminum Association reiterated its stance on the need for an aluminum import monitoring system and a Dutch bank says gold prices are expected to drop.

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It was never going to be a straightforward takeover.

India’s Aditya Birla Group as the owner of Hindalco — and, therefore, Novelis — cemented its position as the world’s largest producer of value-added aluminium products with the completion of the USD 2.8 billion acquisition of Aleris last year.

However, approval from the U.S. Justice Department has been pending ever since the deal was announced in March last year.

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