Moly oxide offers slip, ferromolybdenum transaction prices pick up
London (Platts)--29Nov2012/513 pm EST/2213 GMT
Prices for molybdenum oxide moved up over the week, but slipped on the
day as business was quiet and offers slipped, sources said.
Platts assessed weekly dealer molybdenum oxide at $11.00-11.30/lb
Thursday, up from $10.90-11.10/lb a week earlier.
The assessment is based on 404 mt of business -- 164 mt in Europe,
200 mt in Korea, 20 mt in Japan and 20 mt in the US.
"Everyone's talking higher numbers, but there's no consumer activity, as
usual," one trader said.
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On the higher numbers in the market he said that in his view market
participants are covering against the expectation that consumers will want
very prompt deliveries at the start of the new year.
A producer said offers were still high for oxide powder despite slow
consumer demand as supply was tight.
"It's very quiet, I've only had a couple of inquiries this week," a
He noted that long-term contracts had not be concluded for next year,
which may cause a flurry of buying activity at the end of December and start
A second trader said the range between intratrade business and consumer
sales was widening, with talk of bids closer to $11.10/lb from mills.
A third trader said the market was also quiet over the last few days and
reported only one purchase over the week, 20 mt at $11.30/lb.
He added that he bought 20 mt of ferromolybdenum from a trader at
$28.10/kg and that a mill was in the market for a truckload delivery Tuesday
for which he offered $28.30/kg.
Indeed it was ferromolybdenum which created the most interest over the
week with a fourth trader reporting a sale of a truckload at $28.50/kg early
Thursday and another at $29/kg later in the day, both on a DDP basis.
The producer said he sold a truckload at $28.50/kg DDP mid-Europe as
well as 24 mt of oxide powder at $11.50/lb DDP 30 days payment earlier in the
Platts assessed European ferromolybdenum at $27.50-28.20/kg, up from
$26.90-27.30/kg a week ago. The Platts daily dealer oxide price assessment
narrowed to $11.15-11.30/lb Thursday, from $11.15-11.35/lb Wednesday.
--Jitendra Gill, firstname.lastname@example.org
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