NEW YORK Prices for secondary aluminum smelter-grade
scrap maintained their slide May 2, with sources telling AMM
that buyers continue to test the lower levels of the market.
Prices for mixed low-copper clips fell to 72 to 74 cents per
pound from 74 to 76 cents previously; mixed high-copper clips
fell 2 cents to 71 to 73 cents per pound from 73 to 75 cents
previously; mixed high-zinc clips weakened to 67 to 68 cents
per pound from 69 to 70 cents; 1-1-3 sows moved down to 75 to
77 cents per pound from 77 to 79 cents; painted siding fell to
70 to 72 cents per pound from 71 to 73 cents; mixed clips
slipped to 71 to 73 cents per pound from 73 to 74 cents; and
high-grade and mixed-grade turnings each decreased a penny to
stand at 70 to 72 cents per pound and 64 to 66 cents per pound,
Prices for aluminum copper radiators weakened 4 cents to a
range of $1.60 to $1.65 per pound from $1.64 to $1.69
previously on a fluctuating Comex. U.S. aluminum
producers UBC scrap prices also decreased to 73 to 75
cents per pound from 76 to 78 cents.
Old sheet and old castwhich serve as feedstock for most
secondary aluminum alloyseach fell by 2 cents to stand at
70 to 72 cents per pound and 73 to 75 cents per pound,
Meanwhile, prices for mill-grade aluminum scrap continued to
respond to weakening terminal markets May 2, with most
participants telling AMM that tags were down about 2 cents
across the board.
Prices for 5052 segregated low-copper alloy clips weakened to
86 to 88 cents per pound from 88 to 91 cents; 3105 clips fell
to 79 to 81 cents per pound from 81 to 83 cents; mill-grade
mixed low-copper alloy clips declined to 77 to 79 cents per
pound from 79 to 81 cents; and painted siding slipped to 74 to
76 cents per pound from 76 to 78 cents previously.
For the most part, these drops are purely reflective of
the (London Metal Exchange), one mill-grade buyer said.
Sellers will say they dont have enough material to
sell, but I am not so sure that its true. I can certainly
still buy material in a down market; the only difference is
that I have to call my sellers instead of them calling
The cash primary aluminum contract on the LME ended the May 2
official session at $1,803 per tonne (81.8 cents per pound),
down 2.3 percent from $1,846.50 per tonne (83.7 cents per
pound) April 29. The contract recovered slightly May 3, closing
at $1,828 per tonne (82.9 cents per pound).
Secondary alloy tags continued to hold steady May 2, as sources
said producers are attempting to hold the line on prices and
maintain margins despite a decline in scrap prices.
Our consumers react to drops on the LME, not necessarily
a weakening scrap market, one alloy producer said, adding
that he hoped the LME would strengthen as the scrap market
continues to weaken.
Most producers said A380.1 sales remained at $1.04 to $1.05 per
pound, with one major producer telling AMM that
contract sales were strong and that being selective, not
reactive, was proving to be a better sales strategy.
All other major alloys were unchanged, with 319.1 at $1.09 to
$1.10 per pound; 356.1 at $1.11 to $1.12; A360.1 at $1.09 to
$1.11; and A413.1 at $1.10 to $1.11 per pound.
The LMEs cash North American special aluminum alloy
contract (Nasaac) closed the official session May 2 at $1,730
per tonne (78.5 cents per pound), its lowest level in nearly
three and a half years. However, the price edged 3.2 percent
higher May 3, ending the official session at $1,785 per tonne
(81 cents per pound).
All other secondary grades were unchanged.