Rally in metals prices reminiscent of post-GFC

Industrial metals prices have soared recently to multi-year highs. But we think the rally is unsustainable. In fact, it cements our view that slowing growth in China will drag prices lower by end-2021.
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Global Aluminium Production (Dec.)

Although global aluminium output fell in y/y terms in December, it still grew strongly over 2021. The lifting of power restrictions in China has helped increase global output despite a reduction in European output resulting from energy shortages. Looking ahead, we expect a slowdown in Chinese construction activity to weigh on aluminium prices in 2022.

20 January 2022

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Slower growth in China to drag on prices in 2022

While high power prices and low stocks will support prices in the near term, we think that prices will pull back in the second half of 2022 as Chinese economic activity slows further and supply improves. Drop-In: Neil Shearing will host an online panel of our senior economists to answer your questions and update on macro and markets this Thursday, 13th January (11:00 ET/16:00 GMT). Register for the latest on everything from Omicron to the Fed to our key calls for 2022. Registration here.

13 January 2022

Metals Data Response

Global Steel Production (Nov.)

Global steel production contracted in y/y terms in November, mainly owing to depressed output in China. Although China’s power rationing came to an end last month, there are no signs of an upturn in steel supply. Given our expectation that construction-related steel demand will remain subdued, a sustained rebound in China’s steel production appears unlikely in the coming months.

22 December 2021

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Metals Data Response

Global Steel Production (Feb.)

Growth in global steel production declined in February y/y. And though base effects will distort growth rates for a while yet, we reckon that China’s steel output growth will start to slow before long.

23 March 2021

Metals Data Response

Global Aluminium Production (Feb.)

Average daily global aluminium production inched up in February. And with ShFE and LME prices at multi-year highs, we expect production to continue growing in 2021.

22 March 2021

Industrial Metals Update

Tsingshan news to cap nickel price

News on a potential breakthrough in the supply of nickel matte from Tsingshan has dampened nickel prices. Rather than a step-change in nickel market supply, we reckon that this development will simply act as a structural drag on the nickel price.

17 March 2021
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