Price briefing: April 20-27

By IM Staff
Published: Friday, 27 April 2018

Reduced demand weighs on Chinese domestic spot lithium carbonate prices; Strong carbonate, hydroxide monohydrate prices in China boosting spodumene prices in Q2; Upcoming holiday restricts Chinese graphite prices; seaborne antimony trioxide market softens amid depressed demand; chemical grade chromite price holds despite volatile UG2 prices; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of diatomite; Chinese magnesia prices steady on halt in magnesite mining; PRICING NOTICE: Discontinuation of vermiculite prices

The lithium spodumene market has strengthened in April, reflecting higher lithium carbonate and hydroxide spot prices in China.

Lithium carbonate prices fell further in the Chinese spot market due to thin buying activity because buyers were in no hurry to buy additional units before the Labour Day holiday (April 29-May 1). ...

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