SHANGHAI, Apr. 15 (SMM) – The latest SMM survey indicated declines in prices for most rare earth products last week.
Prices were RMB 34,000/mt for lanthanum oxide, RMB 36,500/mt for cerium oxide, RMB 367,500/mt for praseodymium oxide, RMB 325,000/mt for neodymium oxide, RMB 287,500/mt for didymium oxide, RMB 4,850/kg for europium oxide, RMB 1,775/kg for dysprosium oxide, RMB 131,000/mt for gadolinium oxide, RMB 65,500/mt for cerium misch metal, RMB 387,500/mt for praseodymium-neodymium alloy and RMB 1,825,000 mt for dysprosium-iron alloy.
Demand for rare earth products remained depressed, with some cargo holders cutting prices for sales. Many producers have yet to resume production as orders remained poor in early April. Operating rates at rare earth smelters also remained low, and some of them only produced semi-finished products to push down costs.
SMM expects rare earth prices to fall further this week given strong bearishness among market players.