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February 2019 | Stainless Steels


How far can the price rally go?: Nickel Highlights


Overall, for the full year, INSG puts the global refined nickel market in a cumulative supply deficit of 127,700 tonnes, which is higher than the shortfalls of 115,200 tonnes in 2017 and 46,200 tonnes in 2016.

Last week, the INSG published its first take on nickel supply and demand data for the full year of 2018. We have been saying for some time that the substantial underlying deficit that has tightened the global nickel market’s fundamentals so significantly in the past years was likely to shrink into the end of 2018 as supply growth stayed strong but demand faded.

INSG’s latest data illustrates that theme nicely as the monthly deficit in the global nickel market shrunk incrementally across H2 2018, from 14,600 tonnes in July to 9,000-10,000 tonnes...

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