SHANGHAI, Aug 24 (SMM) — Tight cobalt raw materials supply in China has gradually eased, and major traders expect refined cobalt prices to rise amid market talks that the government would collect and storage 2,000 mt of cobalt in late 2020. Prices of lithium salts were stable, with some producers planning to raise prices slightly.
Refined cobalt futures prices increased amid market talks that the government would collect and storage 2,000 mt of cobalt late this year. Only a few traders raised prices of spot cargoes, and trades were muted as downstream users stood on the sidelines. Prices of cobalt intermediate products steadied at high levels, with the lowest offer at $12.5/lb, and trades were quiet. SMM refined cobalt prices stood between 268,000-283,000 yuan/mt last week, while prices of cobalt intermediate products between $11.5-12.1/lb.
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