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LiCarbonate Daily - March 5th

iconMar 5, 2024 18:59
On March 5th, lithium carbonate futures plummeted by 7.16% to 111,550 yuan/ton, while spot prices increased to an average of 107,500 yuan/ton, showcasing mixed market signals.

Today's lithium carbonate market witnessed a significant drop in futures, while spot prices saw a moderate increase, indicating a complex interplay of market dynamics.

Futures Market Dynamics: The lithium carbonate 2407 main contract experienced a steep decline of 7.16%, opening at 118,200 yuan/ton and closing at 111,550 yuan/ton. Trading volume reached 472,377 lots, with open interest decreasing to 202,406 lots, shedding 5,827 lots from the previous day. The trend for the day was decidedly bearish, with the main contract undergoing minor drops after opening, followed by a sharp downturn in the afternoon session, culminating in a significant 7.16% fall.

Spot Market Overview: In contrast, the spot market for battery-grade lithium carbonate reported prices between 103,000 and 112,000 yuan/ton, averaging 107,500 yuan/ton, which is an increase of 1,500 yuan/ton from the previous working day. The SMM battery-grade lithium carbonate index rose to 103,517 yuan/ton, up by 2,602 yuan/ton, while industrial-grade lithium carbonate ranged from 92,000 to 103,000 yuan/ton, with an average price of 97,500 yuan/ton, marking a rise of 1,250 yuan/ton.

Market Insights: Despite the downturn in futures, spot prices for lithium carbonate continued their upward trajectory, reflecting ongoing optimism among some lithium salt producers. These producers maintain a high-price strategy for spot transactions, even as the market as a whole trends downwards. Feedback from some cathode manufacturers indicates that their current long-term contracts and spot purchases are sufficient to meet production needs, with many operating at low to negative profit margins. Consequently, there is no significant demand for stockpiling, and purchasing remains focused on immediate needs.

Conclusion: March 5th saw a divergence between futures and spot markets in the lithium carbonate sector, with futures taking a significant hit while spot prices edged higher. This reflects a cautious market, with suppliers pushing for higher spot prices amidst a general bearish outlook and downstream players maintaining a focus on necessity-based purchasing amid profitability concerns.

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