SHANGHAI, Apr 17 (SMM) – Spot copper in the Shanghai market was offered at a premium of 190-250 yuan/mt over the SHFE 1805 contract on Tuesday April 17, SMM learned. This compared with a premium of 40-100 yuan/mt over the 1804 contract the previous day.
Spot premiums are unlikely to stay at high levels in the short term as sellers were keen to destock while buyers mostly purchased as needed during the day.
Transactions were difficult to come by when premiums were offered at 210-250 yuan/mt in the morning when SHFE copper rose, SMM learned. Deals only started to pick up when sellers lowered spot premiums to 190-230 yuan/mt as supply remains sufficient.
Hydro-copper was offered at a premium of 180 yuan/mt, leaving limited downward room for standard-quality copper.
At noon, high-quality copper mostly traded at 50,900-51,000 yuan/mt and standard-quality copper traded at 50,870-50,960 yuan/mt.
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