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Global nickel short-term outlook January 2018



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Report summary

Nickel prices rally strongly in January, breaking US$13,000/t to approach US$14,000/t, as market sentiment remains bullish helped by rising premiums, perceived strong demand and supply disruptions. But the downside risk from surging nickel pig iron production remains, as Indonesia grants more ore export permits.

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    global nickel short-term outlook january 2018.pdf

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    Global nickel STO data tables January 2018.xls

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Table of contents

    • Key forecasts
    • LME and SHFE nickel stocks, and nickel prices
    • Global nickel quarterly supply-demand balance
    • Quarterly global nickel consumption in stainless steel (kt)
    • Global nickel mine production/capability (kt)
    • Global nickel metal production/capability (kt)

Tables and charts

This report includes 15 images and tables including:


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


  • Supply-demand balances: Image 1
  • LME cash and 3-month spread

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