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LiCarbonate Daily - June 13

iconJun 13, 2024 19:12
On June 13, lithium carbonate futures rose 1.14% to 97,800 yuan/ton (~13,489.66 USD/ton). The battery-grade index fell to 99,121 yuan/ton (~13,671.86 USD/ton).

Market Summary: On June 13, the lithium carbonate market saw an increase, with the main 2407 futures contract rising by 1.14%. The futures opened at 98,200 yuan per ton (~13,544.83 USD/ton) and closed at 97,800 yuan per ton (~13,489.66 USD/ton). The trading volume was 125,979 contracts, and open interest decreased by 8,367 contracts to 131,634.

Spot Market Overview:

Battery-Grade Lithium Carbonate:

SMM index: 99,121 yuan per ton (~13,671.86 USD/ton), down by 152 yuan from the previous day.

Price range: 96,900 - 101,700 yuan per ton, with an average price of 99,300 yuan per ton (~13,696.55 USD/ton), down by 150 yuan.

Industrial-Grade Lithium Carbonate:

Price range: 94,300 - 96,300 yuan per ton, with an average price of 95,300 yuan per ton (~13,144.83 USD/ton), down by 200 yuan.

Market Dynamics:

Futures Performance: The main 2407 futures contract opened at 98,200 yuan per ton, dipped to an intraday low of 96,050 yuan per ton, then rebounded and stabilized, ultimately closing up by 1.14%.

Spot Market Activity: Spot transaction volumes showed a slight improvement, with most transactions concentrated in the futures and spot market. Some trading companies increased their acquisitions of lithium carbonate for the August contract. Additionally, some downstream buyers made small purchases to replenish their inventories at recent low prices. However, most cathode manufacturers stated that their current needs are already met by long-term agreements and customer supplies, leading to a cautious approach to the spot market. Market prices have stabilized somewhat but continue to trend slightly downward.

Looking Forward:

Production and Sales:

Upstream producers are seeing increased interest in lithium carbonate for future contracts, but overall spot market transactions remain cautious.

Purchasing Behavior:

Downstream buyers are selectively purchasing at lower prices to replenish inventories, but many remain cautious and focused on long-term agreements. Market activity is expected to remain stable with slight downward pressure on prices.

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