Home / Metal News / Nickel / SMM Morning Review - 2010/7/21 Aluminum Market
SMM Morning Review - 2010/7/21 Aluminum Market
Jul 21,2010 10:01CST
smm insight

SHANGHAI, July 21 (SMM) -- LME base metals prices closed with gains last night, but LME aluminum prices were weak. LME aluminum prices opened at USD 1,968.5/mt, with the highest level and the lowest level at USD 1,992.5/mt and USD 1,947.5/mt, respectively, and finally ended at USD 1,972/mt. Total trading volumes reported 190,994 lots, and total positions were 748,666 lots, down 5,918 lots. LME aluminum inventories increased again by 48,275 mt to 4,417,100 mt.

The US housing starts in June dropped, but building permits increased unexpectedly, and corporate earnings turned out to be positive, improving expectations of future demand and boosting investor confidence. Steady recovery in global stock markets also gave a boost to market sentiment, and market concerns over a slowdown in the US economic recovery eased as a result. Base metals markets strengthened in response to bullish stock markets, but LME aluminum inventories posted the largest growth rate within four months, raising fears over aluminum consumption. As a result, LME aluminum prices only reported a slight growth.   

SHFE aluminum prices opened slightly higher today, and special attention should be paid to China's stock market trends. SMM predicts SHFE 1010 aluminum contract prices will fluctuate between RMB 14,950-15,100/mt.


Copyright © SMM. All Rights Reserved

None of this material may be used for any commercial or public use in any forms or means, without the prior written consent of SMM. For reproduction issue, please contact us by email: service.en@smm.cn

Aluminum Al
Aluminum price

For queries, please contact Frank LIU at liuxiaolei@smm.cn

For more information on how to access our research reports, please email service.en@smm.cn