The cash price of molybdenum moved up to $24,000 to $25,000 per metric ton on the London Metal Exchange (LME) over the past week, from $22,000 to $23,000, according to Metal-Pages. LME moly inventories fell 12 tonnes. That brings prices roughly back up to their September 1 level.
The slight uptick comes against the backdrop of better-than-expected news about Chinese exports. China is the world’s largest molybdenum producer. According to the country’s customs agency, overseas shipments rose 9.9 percent in September, far ahead of the 5.5 percent gain that economists were expecting.
That raised hopes that the economic slowdown gripping the country could be easing, which would be a plus for steel demand and molybdenum prices as molybdenum is a key element in steelmaking.