US aluminum alloy prices shrug off Nasaac drop

Mar 12, 2013 | 01:51 PM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  Aluminum scrap, LME, Nasaac, A380.1, secondary aluminum alloys, mill-grade aluminum scrap, secondary smelters' scrap, Nathan Laliberte

NEW YORK — Domestic prices for secondary aluminum alloys remain unchanged even as the London Metal Exchange’s cash North American special aluminum alloy contract (Nasaac) plummeted March 11 to its lowest level since June 2010, validating a growing number of producers’ recent decision to delink their alloy sales prices from the published Nasaac price, sources said.

"The drop on Nasaac just goes to show that it’s no longer a viable contract for hedging," a source at one alloy producer said. "It’s supposed to be based on supply and demand, but instead has become a trading tool for finance firms. If I were a betting man, I would put money on Nasaac going up for no other reason than traders are going to be jumping in looking for quick profits."....

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