GLOBAL VANADIUM WRAP: European Ferro-Vanadium Price Fall Slows; Chinese Market Continues to Weaken

Date: Apr 09, 2019

The earlier sharp fall in the European ferro-vanadium price slowed in the week ended Friday April 5 amid stabilizing market sentiment, while the price in China continued to decline on weak demand.

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  • US ferro-vanadium price flat week on week.

The export price for ferro-vanadium in China continued to trend lower due to a lack of buying interest and weak market sentiment in the latest assessment period. 

Fastmarkets assessed the export price for ferro-vanadium, min 78%, fob China, at $54-58.50 per kg on Thursday April 4, down 6.6% from $58-62.50 per kg the week before. 

The price has fallen by 18.8% from early 2019 and 58.3% from an all-time high of $130-140 per kg on October 18, 2018, according to Fastmarkets’ historical data. 

Many Chinese ferro-vanadium exporters continued to lower their offer prices last week following the persistent drop in the international ferro-vanadium price, but they refused to cut their prices to below $54 per kg on noticing that the domestic ferro-vanadium price was more favorable than that in the international market, Fastmarkets understands. 

“We still failed to conclude any deal [for ferro-vanadium] this week despite several inquiries, even though we cut our price further. It’s really hard to reach an agreement with buyers now. They feel our offer is a bit high and we really cannot accept their bidding prices because they are too low,” a Chinese ferro-vanadium exporter said. 

“Under the current situation, we would rather seek a chance to sell [ferro-vanadium] in the domestic market where the [ferro-vanadium] price is still more favorable than the equivalent international price,” the exporter added. 

However, China’s domestic ferro-vanadium price has softened in the same period too. Sources cited abundant supply and suppliers’ eagerness to destock after market sentiment was dampened further when a few Chinese steel mills issued low tender prices for ferro-vanadium. 

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