Molybdenum has crashed from $33 per lb in mid ’08, to its Friday closing value $8.70 per lb. Analysts predicts the metal is in for a slow recovery this year, and is anticipated to average $11.00 per lb.
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In 2008, molybdenum cost an average of $29/lb after peaking at $30 in 2007. On a monthly basis, however, molybdenum has sold for less than $10/lb for two months now. Investment bank Dahlman Rose & Co. in New York expects molybdenum to average $12/lb this year.
Molybdenum prices have crashed from a high of $35 per pound at the end of October down to the recent level oft US $12 per pound. This represents the worst decline when it comes to commodity prices; a 53 percent drop to be exact.
Molybdenum, a seemingly invincible metal this year finally took a hit in the fall as economic malaise spread. The alloying metal is down 65% this year, and this decline was seemingly overnight.
Molybdenum has gone from an obscure metal, to a high performer garnering the attention of the LME, and then back to an undervalued alloying metal. Once an overlooked player in the investment arena, interest in moly picked up when worldwide spending on infrastructure took off, sending the metal’s price to new heights.