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Global nickel short-term outlook December 2017



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Report summary

Forecast prices cut slightly despite a rebound mid-month. Main risk to demand lies with Chinese stainless, as some mills turn to carbon steel because of better margins. Ramp-up production from Tsingshan Indonesia may ultimately force cuts elsewhere. Another looming complication is a potential divergence between the pricing of nickel metal for stainless/alloy applications, and that of nickel products for chemicals.

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Tables and charts

This report includes 20 images and tables including:


  • Supply: Table 1
  • Supply: Table 2
  • Supply: Table 3
  • Supply: Table 4
  • Supply: Table 5
  • Executive summary: Table 1
  • Supply-demand balances: Table 1
  • Demand: Table 1
  • Quarterly refined nickel consumption by first use (kt)
  • Demand: Table 3
  • Demand: Table 4
  • Quarterly global stainless steel production (kt raw steel basis)
  • Global refined nickel consumption (kt)
  • Global stainless steel production (kt raw steel basis)


  • Nickel prices and open interest since 1 November 2017
  • China's quarterly nickel balance - de-stocking since Q4 2016
  • VNC nickel production and utilisation
  • Supply: Image 2
  • Supply-demand balances: Image 3
  • LME cash and 3-month spread

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