Chinese New Year keeps lid on mineral markets in February

By Laura Syrett
Published: Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Antimony fluctuates, rare earths stay flat; lithium prices exaggerated, says Albemarle; graphite stagnates, chromite prices dip.

The Chinese New Year and accompanying Spring Festival holiday which takes place in mid-February traditionally mutes trading activity during the month, although suppliers in most minerals and metals markets can usually expect higher prices before and after the break, as buyers scramble to secure material before the markets shut.


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