Shanghai aluminium rises for 6th day, set for best week… – News Report

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BEIJING, May 17 – Shanghai aluminium prices moved higher for a sixth consecutive session in early trade on Friday, as alumina refinery shutdowns in northern China’s Shanxi province raise production costs for the metal used in everything from cans to cars. Aluminium is on course to gain 1.7% in Shanghai this week, which would mark its best week since the one ended Aug. 24, 2018. FUNDAMENTALS * ALUMINIUM: The most traded July aluminium contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange rose as much as 0.5% to 14,420 yuan ($2,092.43) a tonne, the highest since Oct. 26, and stood at 14,370 yuan a tonne as of 0147 GMT. London aluminium was down 0.5% at $1,850.50 a tonne after hitting a two-week high in the previous session. * ALUMINA: Alumina prices in northern China <SMM-ALM-NCHN> have now exceeded 3,000 yuan a tonne and touched their highest since Dec. 10. * CHINA: Prior to the shutdowns, China’s alumina output rose 4.2% y/y to 6.28 million tonnes in April, according to data released on Thursday. The figure is the highest monthly total on records on the bureau’s website since June 2017. * HYDRO: A Brazilian federal court has lifted one of two production embargoes on Norsk Hydro’s Alunorte alumina refinery, the company said on Thursday, raising hopes that full production can soon resume. * COLUMN: Chinese outages a reminder of aluminium’s dirty secret: Andy Home * OTHER METALS: Benchmark three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was down 0.3% at $6,080.50 a tonne, while the rest of the LME complex was also trading lower, except for tin. * COPPER: Polish mining company KGHM may produce more copper than planned at its Sierra Gorda mine in Chile in 2019, while keeping capital expenditure below target, its deputy chief executive in charge of foreign assets said. * For the top stories in metals and other news, click or MARKETS NEWS * Asian shares were trying to end a bleak week in the black on Friday as upbeat U.S. economic news and solid company earnings offered a respite from the interminable Sino-U.S. trade saga. PRICES BASE METALS PRICES 0147 GMT Three month LME copper 6083 Most active ShFE copper 47880 Three month LME aluminium 1849 Most active ShFE aluminium 14370 Three month LME zinc 2617.5 Most active ShFE zinc 20995 Three month LME lead 1833 Most active ShFE lead 16185 Three month LME nickel 12120 Most active ShFE nickel 97900 Three month LME tin 19540 Most active ShFE tin 145480 BASE METALS ARBITRAGE LME/SHFE COPPER LMESHFCUc3 1553.73 LME/SHFE ALUMINIUM LMESHFALc3 -68.89 LME/SHFE ZINC LMESHFZNc3 -15.18 LME/SHFE LEAD LMESHFPBc3 1461.48 LME/SHFE NICKEL LMESHFNIc3 3332.31 ($1 = 6.8915 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Tom Daly; editing by Rashmi Aich)

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