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LME prices close April on bearish mode; Europe spot premiums losing bullish momentum


1. LME prices close April down 12.6% m/m or $438 per mton.

2. China’s aluminum prices stuck near four-month lows.

3. EUROPEAN P1020 ALERT. NEW HIGHS BUT LOSING MOMENTUM: European P1020 premiums inch higher.

4. EUROPEAN BILLET ALERT. NEGOTIATING: Q3 billet contract negotiations with the low end of the range likely to decline.

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5. EUROPEAN SCRAP ALERT. CONTRACTION: Secondary alloy producers in Europe may be forced to cut production.

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6. RERUN: HARBOR FIRST ALERT. MANAGEMENT BUYOUT: US based PerenniAL acquires Rusal America to expand product, origin, and geographical offering.

For more details, please see “HARBOR’s Fist Alert” released yesterday, April 28, 2022.

7. GREEN ALUMINUM MONITOR: Recycling expanded, consolidated, enhanced.

For more details, please see HARBOR’s “Green Aluminum Monitor” released earlier today.

8. LME Cash–3M contango closes the week widening to two-week highs.