Metals: Highlights | April 2015

[EN] Again weak demand from China and increases in world supply are the main reasons for the overall price fall of 1.9% in metal markets in March. However the Euro lost another 4.5% against the US-Dollar last month and weakens or even reverses this downtrend for a number of metals.
Nickel prices fell the most due to new record stocks because of poor demand from the stainless steel sector and despite some high-cost production closures in China. On the other side, copper prices rose noticeably after years of price declines by slowing demand from China. This is owing to several supply disruptions, in particular from flooding in Chile. But also a roadblock by striking workers in Indonesia and an electrical failure in Australia have done its bit. This article shows you the latest price developments and relevant key figures for metals.

Looking at the past 12 months, we have observed price increases for all our major metal markets analysed. In particular prices for zinc (+29.6%), aluminium (+27.4%) and copper (+16.5%) have risen strongly.

In the last month, we have observed a noticeable price rise for lead (+7.6%) as well as for copper (+7.3%) and silver (+5.4%). In the market for nickel (-5.5%) the price has fallen the most. The highest price movements are still registered in the market for silver with an annualized volatility of 35.8% at the end of March.

In order to provide market visibility for European companies affected by raw material costs, the following analysis takes into consideration the price evolution in EUR unless specified. Please click on the raw materials below to receive more detailed information.

Metals prices returns | 1 YEAR | daily price dataMetals prices returns | 1 MONTH | daily price data
April 2014 - March 2015March 2015
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1. GOLD  Read more

2. SILVER Read more

3. COPPER Read more

4. ALUMINIUM Read more

5. LEAD Read more

6. ZINC Read more

7. NICKEL Read more

Date of publication: 11 April 2015
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