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  • Price briefing 19-25 August 2016 26 August 2016

    Trading remains quiet in iodine and graphite as prices edge down further, while some fused alumina production is resuming in China following weeks of shutdown. Market activities are expected to increase in the coming weeks as the European holiday season comes to an end. Read More

  • Price Briefing 12–18 August 2016 19 August 2016

    Ahead of the US presidential election in November, democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has appointed former interior secretary, Ken Salazar, to chair her presidential transition team - a move that was seen by some as positive for the struggling fracking industry. Read More

  • Price Briefing 5–11 August 2016 12 August 2016

    Producer reported higher bromine prices in Q2; more pigments producers announced TiO2 price increases; lithium 2017 contract talks to begin and brown fused alumina prices tick higher. Read More

  • Price Briefing 29 July – 4 August 2016 05 August 2016

    Chinese TiO2 producers announced ninth price hike; graphite trading slows in the summer season, while Chinese chromite buyers hold back from the market; stricter anti-pollution checks in China are continuing to hit on fused minerals production, and reduced output has supported prices. Read More

  • Price Briefing 22-29 July 2016 29 July 2016

    Existing inventory in brown fused alumina prevented prices gain amid supply tightness; Chinese TiO2 producers announced eighth price hike; fertiliser prices expected to remain low in 2016 while fluorspar prices held at five-year lows as supply far outstripped demand. Read More

  • Price Briefing 15-21 July 2016 22 July 2016

    Supply disruption in China fails to lift bauxite and brown fused alumina prices; chromite sees an increase in buying activity in China; Indian potash contracts signed at lower y-o-y levels. Read More

  • Price Briefing 8-14 July 2016 15 July 2016

    Chinese lithium spot prices continue to decline; iodine price declines show no sign of letting up; Chinese potash contracts signed; alumina prices fall Read More

  • Price Briefing 1-7 July 2016 08 July 2016

    Fluorspar prices fail to rebound due to weak demand; Chinese TiO2 operators signal yet another price hike; bauxite prices slow down amid persistent issues in consumption; Chinese silicon carbide export values point to lower prices; lithium prices see a degree of stabilisation. Read More

  • Price Briefing 24-30 June 2016 01 July 2016

    Brexit leaves mineral producers in limbo; graphite prices hindered by weak refractory market; Chinese lithium price dip likely to be temporary; potash contracts signed at lower levels; TiO2 driven by improvements in Chinese housing and automotive sectors. Read More

  • Price Briefing 17-23 June 2016 24 June 2016

    Future of European markets uncertain as UK votes to leave the EU; fluorspar prices experience further drops; chromite market stabilises; oil price holds barite steady. Read More

  • Price Briefing 10-16 June 2016 17 June 2016

    Lithium market participants point to price exaggeration; doubts cast over China’s TiO2 price hikes; fluorspar prices steady at low levels; decline in graphite continues. Read More

  • Rare earths stockpiling in China leads to upward price pressure IM June 2016

    Chinese rare earths prices rise in April; MTI Chromite sand mine to close Read More

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