Aluminum prices rose 5.13% in November

Aluminum price rose 5.13% on November


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According to the data of the business community, the average price of domestic aluminum ingots in the East China market on November 30 was 18983.33 yuan/ton, down 1.5% from 19273.33 yuan/ton on November 18. However, according to the monthly data, the current price is 5.13% higher than the price at the beginning of the month.


In the long term, the average price of aluminum ingot market is 17450 yuan/ton, up 8.79% from the recent recovery (July 14, 2022).


Macro positive


1. The National Bureau of Statistics released data and preliminarily calculated that the gross domestic product in the first three quarters was 87026.9 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 3.0% at constant prices, 0.5 percentage points faster than that in the first half of the year. On a month on month basis, GDP grew by 3.9% in the third quarter.


2. Terminal demand. According to the data of the Passenger Association, China’s retail sales of generalized passenger cars in October increased by 7.2% year on year. In October, the retail sales of new energy passenger cars reached 556000 units, a year-on-year increase of 75.2% and a month on month decrease of 9.0%. From January to October, a trend was formed. The real estate policy has many advantages. The real estate policy has good news.


Fundamentals Overview


On the supply side, due to environmental protection, cost and other problems in the heating season in the north, the output of about 100000 tons has been reduced slightly, but Sichuan, Guangxi and other real estates can continue to repair. At present, Sichuan has recovered about 30%, and the operating capacity is 360000 tons. Therefore, the domestic electrolytic aluminum supply in November was generally stable, with a small increase. At present, the domestic electrolytic operation capacity has increased by about 270,000 tons to 40.61 million tons compared with the beginning of November. The domestic electrolytic aluminum output in November (30 days) is about 3.337 million tons, up 8.8% year on year.


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In terms of inventory: according to the statistics of inventory in mainstream areas, it is still at the level of more than 500,000 tons. On November 28, 2022, the social inventory of domestic electrolytic aluminum will be 516000 tons, 2000 tons less than that of last Thursday, 97000 tons less than that of last Thursday, 498000 tons less than that of the same period last year.


In terms of demand, the aluminum price fell at the end of the month, mainly due to soft demand. According to statistics, the operating rate of domestic leading downstream aluminum processing enterprises fell 0.8 percentage points month on month to 66.3%.


On the overseas side, the overseas electrolytic aluminum production capacity has reduced by about 2 million tons due to the energy crisis or maintenance strike. However, within the month, LME decided not to take further measures against RUSAL, which eased supply concerns.


Future market forecast


On the one hand, the aluminum price in November was boosted by the positive release of real estate policies in the terminal market, on the other hand, the pace of interest rate increase in the United States slowed down, the US dollar index fell back to a high level, and the nonferrous metal sector recovered as a whole. The overall aluminum price is rising and warming up. At present, low inventory has a certain support for aluminum price, but the terminal is gradually entering the low consumption season. The operating rate of domestic aluminum downstream processing leading enterprises may gradually decline, and the inventory may increase. In the short term, supply and demand are relatively stable, and the probability of sideways trading is expected to increase.