SHANGHAI, Oct. 25 (SMM) – December aluminum on the Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE), the most active one, slipped to RMB 14,340/mt after opening lower at RMB 14,355/mt on Thursday, dragged down by falling LME aluminum overnight. The light metal, however, bounced back to RMB 14,395/mt later in the day on positive HSBC’s flash China manufacturing PMI for October, which hit a 7-month high of 50.9. Finally, SHFE aluminum for January delivery closed at RMB 14,390/mt. Trading volumes contracted 4,644 lots to 4,164 lots, while positions grew 108 lots to 59,058 lots.
SHFE 1311 aluminum contract drifted higher to RMB 14,485/mt after a low opening on Thursday, boosted by upbeat HSBC’s flash China manufacturing PMI for October. Spot aluminum prices in Shanghai slid to RMB 14,470-14,490/mt as arrivals grew slightly, a discount of RMB 0-20/mt over SHFE current-month aluminum contract. Prices were RMB 14,470-14,480/mt in Wuxi and Hangzhou. Demand from downstream producers picked up a little, while traders contributed most to today’s transactions. In the afternoon, suppliers remained eager to sell, but few buyers entered the market, with traded prices little changed.