NEW YORK Processor buying prices for stainless scrap
have risen for the second week in a row as processors look to
stimulate scrap flow in a lackluster market, with sources
saying generally higher nickel prices on the London Metal
Exchange are playing only a secondary role.
Personally, I dont think it has that much to do
with the slightly higher nickel prices. Theyre trying to
stimulate some flow, one broker told AMM.
The LME had a nice run towards the end of last week, but
Im not tying my buying necessarily into the LME right
now, one processor source agreed, but added that he had
raised his prices slightly recently in an attempt to attract
Prices for 304 clips and solids are now between $1,525 and
$1,570 per gross ton, up from $1,455 to $1,525 per ton
previously, while 316 clips and solids are between $2,150 and
$2,220 per ton compared with the prior range of $2,125 to
$2,195 per ton.
In the continued absence of prompt consumer demand, some
processors are now said to be buying material for an
anticipated restocking in January.
Theyve all changed their minds fairly dramatically:
Well now we need material for January,
one dealer source said.
However, not all sources agreed that the higher prices were
warranted in the current market environment.
(Prices) are way too high for what is being bought.
Orders are still very weak, a second processor source
The cash nickel contract on the LME ended the official session
at $16,670 per tonne ($7.56 per pound) Tuesday, down slightly
from $16,675 per tonne ($7.56 per pound) a day earlier but
above last Tuesdays $16,335 per tonne ($7.41 per pound).