Metals: Highlights | January 2015

[EN] Metal prices have continued their downtrend in December. Accordingly Aluminium prices have fallen by 11 percent because of weaker demand and a growing supply of China. Iron ore prices have dropped by another 6 percent due to the new low-cost capacity from Australia and Brazil. Lead, copper and zinc prices have declined as well owing to a continued slow-down of demand in China and expected supply gains from a number of small mines in 2015. This article shows you the latest price developments and relevant key figures for metals.

Looking at the past 12 months, we have observed strong price increases but also decreases for the major metal markets. In particular prices for nickel (+21.5%), aluminium (+16.6%) and zinc (+15.9%) have risen strongly. On the other hand silver (-6.9%), lead (-5.0%) and copper (-2.3%) have reported a price decrease.

In the last month, we have observed price declines for all metals excluding precious metals. Aluminium (-10.7%), lead (-8.3%) and nickel (-3.9%) have fallen most intensive, whereas gold (+4.6%) and silver (2.7%) report a price rise. The highest price movements are now registered in the market for zinc with an annualized volatility of 36.5% at the end of December.

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
January 2014 - December 2014December 2014

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: 12 January 2015
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