NEW YORK Stainless steel
scrap broker buying prices have bumped up in line with nickel
prices, even though volumes remain tepid as some sellers hold
out for higher numbers and most brokers arent
aggressively looking for material.
"The sellers are waiting and the
buyers are dragging their feet," one dealer source said.
Prices for 304 clips and solids
are now in a range of $1,615 to $1,635 per gross ton, up an
average of 4 percent from $1,540 to $1,585 previously, while
316 clips and solids have inched up an average of 1.6 percent
to between $2,260 and $2,310 per ton from $2,240 to $2,260.
There were isolated incidents of
higher numbers paid by brokers looking to secure prompt
material, with unconfirmed deals for truckload quantities of
304 clips and solids reported as high as $1,680 per ton and 316
clips and solids at $2,375 per ton.
"Prices are up in specific
places. The brokers that are not in good shape (in terms of
inventory) are definitely being more aggressive," a second
The isolated higher prices also
come as some sellers hold on to material longer than usual,
forcing brokers seeking material to pay higher prices.
"Im waiting to see if it (the nickel price rise) lasts,"
a third dealer said of his strategy to hold material.
The cash nickel contract on the
London Metal Exchange ended Tuesdays official session at
$7.35 per pound, down 1.3 percent from $7.45 at the end of last
week but 6.7 percent above $6.89 per pound in mid-August.