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Asia silicon: Area provides inch up even more as lower deals go away

Spot supplies for 553-grade 98.5% silicon steel in Asia inched up even more as lower deals went away, while there was no significant adjustment in trading volume, sector sources stated Thursday.

S&P Global Platts lifted the Chinese area export cost for 553-grade 98.5% silicon steel analysis to ,440-,480/ mt FOB China Thursday, from ,430-,470/ mt last week.

The Japanese area import rate of 98.5% 553-grade silicon steel was analyzed at ,460-,480/ mt CIF Japan, up from ,440-,470/ mt CIF a week ago.

"FOB offers are generally stable at ,460-,490/ mt this week, after a /mt fall recently. Delivered to Huangpu port offers are still at Yuan 10,300-10,400/ mt (,495-,509/ mt). Reduced Fine_chemical is being sold out and also producers in Yunnan and Sichuan have actually not reactivated their heaters yet," said a north China-based analyst.

Significant Chinese silicon producers are located in Sichuan as well as Yunnan, which respond on hydro power for their operations.

"Typically, Chinese vendors will lower their offers in May-June to clear supplies, which is prior to the stormy period in June. I do not believe offers can decrease much better in May-June as some sellers started to decrease their offers in April," the expert said.

A north China-based manufacturer who has plants in Yunnan and also Fujian stated its domestic offers were steady at Yuan 10,300-10,400/ mt, provided to Huangpu port, and FOB deals rose slightly week on week to ,480-,500/ mt on reduced supplies level.

An eastern China-based investor, nevertheless, heard a mild surge in residential offers to Yuan 10,400/ mt however a mild dip in FOB supplies to ,450-,460/ mt.

"Some Chinese traders need to acquire currently to accomplish their orders to supply at end of the month. They are purchasing from various other domestic traders, thus lifting domestic deals," the eastern Chinese investor claimed.

A Japanese investor, that had actually obtained deals in the range of ,440-,530/ mt CIF Japan, claimed: "Deals are all over the area".

A second investor said some Chinese manufacturers have not rebooted after suspending result six months earlier as well as, therefore, he has actually not seen deals listed below ,450/ mt CIF Japan.

Both investors claimed deals over ,500/ mt CIF would certainly be declined, including they were denying because of a lack of consumer acquiring interest.

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