Base Metals Price Outlook Economic Forecast

Base Metals Price Outlook

Base metal prices drop in October

Base metal prices fell 0.4% on a monthly basis in October, contrasting a 1.4% increase in September.

Despite hopes that China and the United States could be close to resolving their longstanding trade spat, 9 out of the 12 commodities surveyed posted month-on-month losses in October. The lack of details about the “phase one” deal, uncertainty whether the U.S. will cancel December’s planned tariff hikes and remove some of the current tariffs, President Trump’s erratic foreign trade policies and China’s weak growth momentum continue to suppress base metal prices. The main exceptions to the general trend were lead and zinc, with signs of tight supply boosting prices for the two commodities. 

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Base Metals Historical Price Data

Note:
Aluminium prices in USD per metric ton (mt).
Alumina prices in USD per metric ton (mt).
Copper prices in USD per metric ton (mt).
Nickel prices in USD per metric ton (mt).
Lead prices in USD per metric ton (mt).
Zinc prices in USD per metric ton (mt).
Tin prices in USD per metric ton (mt).
Iron ore prices in USD per metric ton (mt).
Steel (USA) prices in USD per metric ton (mt).
Steel (Europe) prices in USD per metric ton (mt).
All prices are average of period (aop).

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