Weakening nickel prices and end-user reluctance to conclude any
new business have started weighing on European domestic prices
for flat-rolled stainless steel, market sources told Metal
Bulletin on Thursday May 3.
People are tending to wait, one trader said.
Last weeks base price offers and deals for grade 304
cold-rolled stainless sheet in 2mm gauge were unchanged from
the previous weeks at 1,130-1,200 ($1,485-1,577) per
tonne delivered, sources said.
While the June alloy surcharge on stainless flats did not
reflect as steep a decline as originally expected, due to
higher chromium prices, there is renewed concern about which
way it is likely to move for July after the base metals
prices started weakening late last week.
My main concern is often nickel, a second trader
The London Metal Exchanges daily official price was
$17,470-17,475 per tonne on Thursday, reflecting a 4.7%
decrease from $18,325-18,330 on Friday April 27.
Falling prices in East Asia are also putting pressure on
European prices, the second trader said.
One Italian producer is offering stainless sheet from an East
Asian producer to the European market at less than 1,000
per tonne delivered, sources also confirmed.
The material on offer is not premium quality, however, the
second source warned.
You are comparing apples with pears, the second
The poor demand and depressed stainless scrap prices have
already affected bright bar values, sources also noted.
Offers for Grade 304 stainless bar for July rolling are now
about 1,050-1,100 per tonne delivered, down 50 from
1,100-1,150 for June production, sources also told Metal
Import prices for 18/8 stainless scrap solids on Friday were
1,460-1,490 cif main European port a widening from
1,470-1,480 in the previous week.