Nickel Market Outlook

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Nickel Market Outlook

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CRU's Nickel Market Outlook, published on Friday 29th July, reports that prices have rallied into Q3 2016. CRU Principal Consultant, Nikhil Shah, writes that "Risk to Philippine nickel ore supply has led to a rally in nickel prices. At present, we do not see a big disruption to ore exports and thus there is a risk that prices could correct."

The Essential Resource for the global nickel market

While the nickel industry has recovered from the depths seen during the global downturn, a number of uncertainties continue to surround its future years. Global nickel demand is still heavily dependent on China, so whether the Chinese macroeconomic conditions experience a gradual slowdown or an abrupt one will have a great impact on the price of nickel prices and the general nickel market.

The supply side is facing concerns around the declining discoveries of sulphide ores which places more pressure on reserves of laterite ores, which in turn is forcing hydrometallurgical producers to search for more efficient production methods. Meanwhile, the suspicion persists that nickel prices are being supported by investor influence rather than solely the traditional fundamentals so industry stakeholders are questioning when the current oversupply might cause prices to drop.

Nickel Market Outlook

Against this backdrop of uncertainty, CRU produces the Nickel Market Outlook to provide a detailed and independent examination of the next five years of pricing, supply, demand and consumption. This service utilises the expertise of our team of full-time analysts and consultants in London and Beijing to provide four detailed reports per year to comprehensively dissect the latest market developments and provide a five-year nickel price forecast for:

  • Nickel production
  • Nickel consumption
  • Nickel prices 
  • Scrap consumption
  • Stainless steel output
  • LME prices
  • LME stocks
  • Market balance

Why CRU for Nickel?

  • A truly established and independent understanding of the nickel industry, based upon more than 30 years experience covering the market
  • A team of full-time experts researching and analysing the nickel industry
  • CRU’s nickel coverage is enhanced by our understanding and research of the stainless steel industry as well as all other LME metals. This makes our research far more robust than competitors who look at the nickel market only in isolation
  • CRU’s office in Beijing provides first-hand presence in the Chinese market, and allows us to build personal relationships with the major market participants. Therefore, we are able to provide a great deal of first-hand data and strengthen our understanding of the local markets and the global industry


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