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Listen: Difficult Q2 aluminum negotiations ahead as perception gaps persist in Japan

Most Japanese buyers and producers of aluminum have agreed to set the first quarter premiums at $425/mt, but the perception gap, which caused the negotiation for a three-month period to stretch for two months, persists. With the second quarter negotiations only several weeks away, Platts senior editor for metals Mayumi Watanabe explains the reason for the long first quarter talks, the factors affecting aluminum prices, and the market expectations for the second quarter.


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