FxWirePro: Aluminum price drops as US Treasury delays Rusal sanction

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Earlier, the US Treasury has announced its readiness to remove sanctions from Rusal, if Oleg Deripaska abdicates. One is that the Trump administration has little understanding of the impact of its moves before it makes them.

The new United States treasury announcement marks the first time Washington has set out a road map on how Rusal can break free from the sanctions.

European leaders had been working to persuade Pres. Trump to ease sanctions on Russian Federation, and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said the "impact on our partners and allies" factored into the USA reprieve. That's good to know for both strategic and tactical purposes.

Rusal's aluminum customers also now have more time to seek other suppliers.

After the announcement, the price of Aluminum rose from $2050 per ton in the London Metal Exchange (LME) to as high as $2720 per ton. The Russians were seeking "clarification" on Rusal and Oleg Deripaska, Mnuchin told reporters on Saturday.

This possibility was mentioned in the explanatory note of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), posted on US Treasury's website. However, the Russian oligarch is trying to save Rusal without surrendering control.

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En+ owns hydropower plants in Russian Federation and nearly half of Rusal, the Hong Kong-listed aluminium producer that uses much of the electricity En+ generates.

Rusal declined to comment on requests from worldwide media, while Deripaska's spokeswoman wasn't immediately available.

After three weeks of intense volatility, metal markets seem to be calming down.

Rusal's smelter in Sweden had its power contract cut last week, and was forced to close shop.

The sanctions threatened the business of Rusal, which accounts for some seven percent of the world's aluminum production. "Given the impact on our partners and allies, we are issuing a general license extending the maintenance and wind-down period while we consider Rusal's petition". "It looks as if there was a lot of pressure from the USA aluminum downstream industry", he told the news agency Bloomberg. "Mnuchin's statement signals that this is more than just getting an extra few months to stop business with Rusal", he said. Additionally, a rally in other commodities as well boosted such stocks.

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