Charts show uptick in cobalt prices — year-long correction likely over — analysts project upswing in years ahead

Apr 9, 2019

Charts below show an upswing in the cobalt price as demand picked up in recent days/weeks.
The price pattern shows a bottom has formed after a year-long correction that analysts have attributed to an unexpected upswing in supply from artisanal mining in the Congo (child labor, lax regulations) and regulatory, subsidy/tax and inventory shifts in China.
While analysts appear to be unsure of the short-term outlook for cobalt prices (whether prices will continue higher in the weeks ahead)….
….Still,  most analysts project a tighter supply situation developing in the coming years, with demand far outstripping supply — resulting in rising prices. (See forecast chart below from Benchmark Mineral Intelligence.)
This is all good news for Canada Cobalt Works Inc., which has made significant progress in its plans to bring the high-grade Castle cobalt-silver mine back into production.  See details at
Note that the Castle mine also has plenty of high-grade silver, which is expected to be mined with the cobalt. Silver prices have also moved higher in recent months, as this chart shows.

One-Month Chart for Cobalt Prices

One-year chart for cobalt prices
Cobalt Demand Forecast to 2028:  Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
Forecast data from Benchmark Minerals, Testimony of Managing Director Simon Moores to US Senate Committee on Energy and National Resources, February 5, 2019.
The forecast is only for cobalt needed by battery megafactories serving electric vehicle manufacturers and doesn’t include continuing growth in demand from other industries (ex. aerospace, phone and laptop batteries).  
Total world production of cobalt used by all industries was about 125,000 tonnes in 2018. New mines, particularly from conflict-free areas like Canada, will be needed to meet the projected demand shown below for the next 10 years.

Battery Megafactory Cobalt Demand

(000s tonnes)

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