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.
28 July 2016
The decline in Chinese spot prices appears to have stalled this past week following several weeks of declines. Prices remain at historically high levels though with market participants continuing to report strong supply-demand fundamentals.
26 July 2016
The drop off in the spot price of lithium in China can be seen in lithium hydroxide export figures for June, though lithium carbonate retained its upward trajectory during the month, according to trade statistics recently released by the Chinese government.
22 July 2016
As the Chinese lithium spot price continued to fall this week, a number of supply-side industry players expect a steadying of the market in the second half of the year, though buyers still predict a sustained price decline.
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
14 July 2016
A drop off in the price of lithium reported on the Chinese spot market continued this week, knocking it down further. In Japan, meanwhile, contract prices in the country’s once sheltered lithium market appear to be rising to the levels experienced in the rest of the world.
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.
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.