Aluminium Slid Due To A Stronger Dollar Despite Stronger-Than-Anticipated US Job Data

Due to yesterday’s higher dollar, better-than-expected US job data, and inconsistent trade data from China, the country’s top metals consumer, aluminium slid 2.5% to 235.6. The US economy produced significantly more jobs last month than anticipated, according to data, which raised the dollar and suggested that the Federal Reserve would postpone starting its easing cycle this year.

The signals were still conflicting in China. Higher-than-expected exports were shown by May trade figures, suggesting that industry owners were finding customers abroad. But shortages of alumina, a product that sits between the basic materials aluminium and bauxite, have recently emerged due to disruptions in Rio Tinto’s (LON: RIO) Australian shipments and a decline in Chinese supplies.

A global aluminium producer has shown confidence in the demand picture by offering Japanese buyers a premium of $175 per metric tonne for the July–September period, up 18% to 21% every quarter. The primary aluminium output worldwide grew to 5.898 million tonnes in April, up 3.3% year over year, according to the International Aluminium Institute (IAI).

Customs data indicates that China’s imports of products and unwrought aluminium climbed by 72.1% year over year to 380,000 metric tonnes in April. The General Administration of Customs reports that imports reached 1.49 million tonnes in the first four months of this year, up 86.6% from the same time the previous year.

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