Davis Index: Market Intelligence for the Global Metals and Recycled Materials Markets

US stainless steel processor buying prices rose across most grades on Wednesday in tandem with the increasing LME nickel prices.


The weekly Davis Index for 201 solids increased by 1.6¢/lb to 41.5¢/lb delivered processor yard on Wednesday and inched down by 0.5¢/lb for 301 solids to 58.5¢/lb for single truckloads.


The index for scrap 309 solids moved up by 0.6¢/lb to 94.5¢/lb delivered and rose for 310 solids by 0.3¢/lb to $1.475/lb delivered. The weekly Davis Index for 330 solids plummeted by 13.2¢/lb to $2.271/lb delivered processor yard.


The index for 409/410 solids moved up by $41.1/gt to $416.5/gt delivered processor yard and rose by $16.7/gt to $511.1/gt for 430 solids delivered.


LME nickel prices have been volatile this week and have affected stainless-steel processor buying prices that have moved up or down in tandem with LME nickel prices.


However, steady demand from mills has kept the price swings limited to a narrow range. Market participants are also keeping a close watch on where the US domestic ferrous market settles on Wednesday to determine the future movements of stainless-steel processor buying prices.


The daily Davis Index for scrap 304 solids rose by 1.4¢/lb to 70.5¢/lb delivered processor yard and increased by 1.6¢/lb for 316 solids to 90.5¢/lb for single truckloads.


The index for scrap 304 turnings jumped by 2.7¢/lb to 65¢/lb delivered and rose for 316 turnings by 0.4¢/lb to 81.5¢/lb for single truckloads.


LME nickel prices increased by $60/mt from Tuesday with the official three-month LME Nickel contract settling at $17,731/mt on Wednesday. The official cash contract closed Wednesday at $17,675/mt up by $10/mt from Tuesday.

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