Aluminum billet upcharge logs gain

Mar 31, 2014 | 02:59 PM | Michael Cowden

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CHICAGO — Aluminum billet upcharges have risen slightly as improving weather has led to a pickup in demand.

However, production and logistics problems at both suppliers and consumers are subsiding, making more metal available and keeping supply and demand in balance, market sources said.

AMM’s 6063 extrusion billet upcharges have increased to 13 to 13.75 cents per pound from 13 to 13.5 cents previously.

While some market sources—mostly producers—said they had done or expected to do business at 14 cents per pound or above, others scoffed at the notion that 14 cents was being widely accepted in the market unless it represented a distressed buy, a premium for a large- or small-diameter product or delivery to a location outside of the Midwest.....

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