SHANGHAI, Jun. 26 (SMM) – SHFE 1310 aluminum contract opened RMB 15/mt higher at RMB 14,300/mt on Tuesday. In the morning session, depressed trading activity and falling A-shares in China pushed the most active SHFE aluminum contract down to RMB 14,250/mt. In the afternoon session, A-shares plunged 5.7%, driving SHFE aluminum for October delivery down to RMB 14,180/mt. Later, SHFE 1310 aluminum contract recouped some of its earlier losses as the rally in A-shares prompted shorts to pull out of the market, and finally closed up RMB 20/mt or 0.14% at RMB 14,305/mt. Trading volumes increased 1,738 lots to 12,164 lots, and positions added 1,432 lots to 68,396 lots. SHFE aluminum market will be characterized by buying at lows and selling at highs given the tight liquidity at the end of mid-year, which will leave the most actively traded SHFE aluminum contract hovering at RMB 14,300/mt.
Mainstream traded prices for spot aluminum in Shanghai were RMB 14,390-14,410/mt, a premium of RMB 0-20/mt over SHFE 1307 aluminum contract prices. Low-iron aluminum was traded around RMB 14,550/mt. China’s A-shares continued to drop, adding to market pessimism. SHFE aluminum fell only slightly, though. Traders held offers at RMB 14,400/mt, while downstream producers purchased in modest amounts before liquidity tightens further. Some quoted at below RMB 14,400/mt against limited demand and tight cash flows. Buying interest is expected to dwindle further next week. In the afternoon, wait-and-see sentiment dominated spot market, with a few deals done at RMB 14,380-14,400/mt.