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Global nickel short-term outlook November 2014

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Report summary

After their October decline, nickel prices recovered in November, assisted by short covering in the fund community and a market that is looking ahead to the first quarter of 2015, when seasonal restocking through the stainless steel supply chain often takes place. Realisation that the monsoon season is likely to reduce nickel ore shipments from the Philippines to Chinese NPI producers may have added further support.

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Table of contents

  • Executive summary
    • Global nickel quarterly supply-demand balance
    • Asia
    • China
    • Europe
    • Latin America
    • North America
    • Nickel in non-stainless
  • Supply

Tables and charts

This report includes 20 images and tables including:


  • Nickel price and open interest
  • LME nickel stocks and nickel prices
  • LME cash and 3-month spread
  • Stainless steel scrap (all forms) inventory building in South Korea
  • Jindal Stainless sales and production since January 2013
  • China's main stainless steel producers
  • Stainless melting capacity utilisation at the major stainless mills


  • Key forecasts
  • Quarterly global nickel consumption in stainless steel (kt)
  • Demand: Table 2
  • Global nickel mine production/capability (kt)
  • Global nickel smelter production/capability (kt)
  • Global nickel metal production/capability (kt)
  • Nickel stocks and premiums
  • Global refined nickel supply-demand balance (kt)
  • Supply-demand balances: Table 1
  • Global quarterly refined consumption (kt)
  • Quarterly global stainless steel production (kt raw steel basis)
  • Global refined nickel consumption (kt)
  • Global stainless steel production (kt raw steel basis)

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