SHANGHAI, July 14 (SMM) -- Enquires increased and transactions were relatively brisk in domestic silicon metal spot market from this week. According to SMM latest offers at Huangpu port, offers were between RMB 11,700-12,000/mt for #553 silicon metal, between RMB 12,600-12,900/mt for #441 silicon metal, between RMB 13,100-13,400/mt for #3303 silicon metal and between RMB 13,600-14,000/mt for #2202 silicon metal.
With south west producing region which is the largest silicon metal producing region in China entering the traditional high water period, operating rates at this region have recovered significantly and supplying volumes have increased steadily. Offers from silicon metal producers begins to be lower, and producers' reluctance to move goods has eased to certain extent. Silicon metal producers' willingness to move goods has grown significantly in Sichuan region. Hence, prices of low grade #553 silicon metal prices fall steadily. Currently, high grade silicon metal producers in Yunnan region have basically completed the previously ordered production volumes, so supply of silicon metal will gradual increase rapidly in the spot market in that region. In this context, prices of high grade #3303 and #2202 silicon metal will be also on downward track.
SMM believes that domestic silicon metal producing regions have entered into the high-water period from mid-July, and SMM believes that silicon metal prices may hit the bottom in August.
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