Metals: Highlights | May 2015

[EN] In particular the precious metals gold and silver were subject to falling prices in April. One reason for this is a large reallocation of gold into stocks. However a major part of this downtrend is probably due to speculative selling and experts see the correction potential as exhausted. Therefore gold and silver prices are expected to increase sustainably over the later course of 2015.
As far as industrial metals are concerned, China remains the decisive factor. Disappointing economic and financial market data has led to price declines for copper. The price of nickel has fallen as well because of a lasting oversupply in the world market, which is in particular due to production expansion in China. However lead and zinc markets report price increases, because of a weaker US-Dollar and speculative buying. 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 almost all our major metal markets analysed. In particular prices for zinc (+31.9%), aluminium (+27.7%) and lead (+20.7%) have risen strongly. Only the market for nickel reports a price decline of -10.3%.

In the last month, we have observed another noticeable price rise for lead (+9.4%) as well as for zinc (+5.5%) and aluminium (+2.0%). In the market for silver (-7.0%) the price has fallen the most. The highest price movements are currently registered in the market for nickel with an annualized volatility of 30.7% at the end of April.

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
May 2014 - April 2015April 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: 14 May 2015
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