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1 August 2017
V2O5 prices reach multi-year highs on China supply concerns

Metal Bulletin reports today that Chinese vanadium pentoxide (V2O%) prices jumped 60.4% week-on-week, to $10-11.50 per lb FOB China.

The Chinese rally pushes European prices higher, driven by supply concerns, and trader and producer buying.

A trader commented "The reality is that there isn’t that much material available anymore. We are no-quoting traders [and] waiting for end-users to come to us,".

The big move has been facilitated by tighter supplies as a result of environmental inspections in the major production hub of Sichuan province. Stocks were relatively low ahead of the closures being announced, aggravating the effect on spot prices, market sources told Metal Bulletin.

27 July 2017
Vanadium prices up sharply on supply concerns

Metal Bulletin reports that concerns over upstream vanadium supplies provided the backdrop for a burst of trader restocking in Europe and the USA last week. Prices in Europe and USA have increased sharply last week while the Chinese market held on to its premium status.

European V2O5 prices were assessed in a range of $6-6.60 per lb, in-warehouse Rotterdam, on July 21, up from $5.35-6 per lb previously.

V2O5 prices were assessed at $6.40-7 per lb, fob China, up 3% week-on-week, though European buyers struggled to get offers from Chinese sellers. V2O5 inventories were already tight. Chinese suppliers, including Chengde Jianlong, which had previously declined to offer material to export enquiries, are no longer quoting on domestic enquiries either, the company told Metal Bulletin.

US spot prices for ferro-vanadium climbed to a 33-month high, reaching $12.85-13.25 per lb on July 20, up 8.52% from $11.7-12.35 per lb previously, according to Metal Bulletin sister publication AMM’s latest assessment. 

"It’s going up like a rocket and we don’t know when it’s going to end," a trader said.

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