Lithium Carbonate, which is a critical ingredient in lithium-ion batteries for electric cars, surged to 90,000 yuan per tonne for the first time since August of 2018 after government incentives boosted demand for the metal while supplies remain tight. European governments offer subsidies to electric-car buyers and sales of alternatively powered cars account now for a third of new passenger cars. China has invested at least $60 billion to support the EV industry and it’s pushing an ambitious plan to transition to all-electric or hybrid cars by 2035 and in the US, President Biden pledged to build half a million of charging stations. The supply-and-demand balance for lithium fell into deficit in 2020 and it is expected to continue in 2021 due to lack of investment in mines after prices declined following the boom until 2018.

Lithium reached an all time high of 171000 yuan per metric tonne in October of 2017, according to spot prices for lithium carbonate traded in China. Lithium - data, forecasts, historical chart - was last updated on April of 2021.

Lithium is expected to trade at 88497.00 points by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate it to trade at 84141.00 in 12 months time.

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Trading Economics provides Lithium pricing based on spot prices for Lithium Carbonate, 99.5% Li2CO3 min, battery grade, traded in China. Lithium is a silver-white light metal. Lithium hydroxide is used in batteries for electrical vehicles and mobile phones. Lithium hydroxide is produced from a chemical reaction between lithium carbonate and calcium hydroxide. The biggest lithium producers are Australia, Chile, Argentina and China . The largest lithium importers are China, Japan, South Korea and the United States.
Energy Price Day Weekly Monthly YTD Date
Crude Oil
USD/Bbl
63.0300 0.11 -0.17% 5.76% -2.73% 29.91% Apr/15
Brent
USD/Bbl
66.4700 0.11 -0.17% 5.17% -2.81% 28.32% Apr/15
Natural gas
USD/MMBtu
2.5960 0.02 -0.84% 2.93% 1.33% 2.25% Apr/15
Gasoline
USD/Gal
2.0297 0.01 -0.28% 3.59% -3.40% 43.94% Apr/15
Heating oil
USD/Gal
1.8858 0.00 -0.22% 4.20% -2.43% 27.08% Apr/15
Ethanol
USD/Gal
2.0000 0.06 3.09% 8.05% 11.05% 39.57% Apr/14
Naphtha
USD/T
554.45 14.07 2.60% 1.12% -6.71% 28.14% Apr/14
Propane
USD/Gal
0.82 0.01 -0.65% -8.74% -13.83% 26.40% Apr/14
Uranium
USD/Lbs
29.9000 0.05 0.17% -3.70% 7.75% -2.61% Apr/14

Metals Price Day Weekly Monthly YTD Date
Gold
USD/t.oz
1,748.12 12.12 0.70% -0.45% 0.99% -7.82% Apr/15
Silver
USD/t.oz
25.602 0.19 0.76% 0.68% -1.38% -2.87% Apr/15
Platinum
USD/t.oz
1,187.56 17.06 1.46% -3.43% -2.02% 11.41% Apr/15

Agricultural Price Day Weekly Monthly YTD Date
Soybeans
USd/Bu
1,413.5000 3.50 0.25% -0.12% -0.69% 8.17% Apr/15
Wheat
USd/Bu
652.2500 4.25 0.66% 3.74% 0.81% 1.83% Apr/15
Palm Oil
MYR/T
3,788.00 58.00 1.56% -0.08% -2.80% 5.22% Apr/15
Cheese
USD/Lbs
1.6950 0.01 -0.82% 0.18% 4.82% 2.98% Apr/14
Milk
USD/CWT
17.49 0.11 -0.63% -0.34% 7.04% 10.70% Apr/14
Rubber
JPY/Kg
223.90 1.40 -0.62% -6.12% -16.92% -16.70% Apr/15
Orange Juice
USd/Lbs
111.00 1.00 0.91% 2.02% -5.41% -9.94% Apr/14
Coffee
USd/Lbs
131.35 0.75 -0.57% 2.74% -0.11% 2.42% Apr/15
Lumber
USD/1000 board feet
1,212.70 32.00 2.71% 12.87% 16.61% 38.90% Apr/14
Oat
USd/Bu
382.7500 0.25 0.07% 1.59% 2.34% 6.10% Apr/15
Wool
AUD/100Kg
1,285.00 8.00 -0.62% -1.15% -1.83% 9.74% Apr/14
Cotton
USd/Lbs
84.28 0.08 0.10% 3.53% -3.04% 7.89% Apr/15
Cocoa
USD/T
2,418.00 3.00 -0.12% 2.68% -3.74% -7.11% Apr/15
Rice
USD/cwt
13.1600 0.01 -0.04% -0.08% 1.70% 7.52% Apr/15
Canola
CAD/T
827.70 0.50 0.06% 1.76% 4.07% 31.49% Apr/15
Sugar
USd/Lbs
15.95 0.09 0.57% 5.07% -2.15% 2.97% Apr/15
Tea
USD/Kgs
2.65 0.00 0.00% -3.64% -12.83% -7.67% Apr/14
Corn
USd/BU
597.7500 3.75 0.63% 3.10% 7.85% 23.50% Apr/15

Livestock Price Day Weekly Monthly YTD Date
Beef
BRL/Kg
20.47 0.05 0.24% 0.99% 3.07% 12.84% Apr/14
Feeder Cattle
USd/Lbs
141.1500 1.30 -0.91% -4.39% 3.01% 1.58% Apr/14
Live Cattle
USd/Lbs
122.1000 0.30 -0.25% -0.85% 2.50% 6.15% Apr/14
Lean Hogs
USd/Lbs
103.6000 0.20 0.19% 0.70% 14.41% 47.42% Apr/14
Poultry
BRL/Kgs
6.24 0.01 0.16% 0.81% -2.95% 3.83% Apr/14

Industrial Price Day Weekly Monthly YTD Date
Copper
USD/Lbs
4.1880 0.07 1.76% 2.16% 2.67% 19.01% Apr/15
Lithium
CNY/T
90,000.00 0.00 0.00% 0.00% 5.88% 93.55% Apr/15
Bitumen
CNY/T
2,954.00 172.00 6.18% 3.50% -3.78% 24.01% Apr/15
Steel
CNY/T
5,142.00 58.00 1.14% -0.19% 9.24% 21.85% Apr/14
Coal
USD/T
90.25 0.28 0.31% 0.39% 4.86% 11.12% Apr/14
Palladium
USD/t.oz
2,721.88 45.13 1.69% 3.70% 8.95% 11.20% Apr/15
Cobalt
USD/T
49,750.00 0.00 0.00% 0.00% -5.44% 54.55% Apr/14
Lead
USD/T
1,973.75 9.50 0.48% 0.10% 1.82% -0.10% Apr/14
Aluminum
USD/T
2,333.50 5.25 0.23% 3.94% 5.96% 17.81% Apr/15
Tin
USD/T
26,097.50 12.50 0.05% 1.25% 3.18% 28.46% Apr/15
Zinc
USD/T
2,817.50 14.50 -0.51% -0.41% -1.43% 2.42% Apr/15
Nickel
USD/T
16,334.50 218.00 1.35% -1.53% 1.03% -1.32% Apr/14
Molybdenum
USD/Kg
28.05 0.00 0.00% 0.00% -2.43% 19.36% Apr/14
Iron Ore
USD/T
172.50 0.00 0.00% 1.77% 5.83% 8.83% Apr/14
Soda Ash
CNY/T
1,752.00 0.00 0.00% 0.00% 3.30% 30.75% Apr/15
Neodymium
CNY/T
740,000.00 25,000.00 -3.27% -3.27% -13.45% 18.88% Apr/14
Iron Ore 62% fe
USD/T
171.42 0.38 0.22% 1.29% 1.88% 10.00% Apr/14
Rhodium
USD/t oz.
28,100.00 0.00 0.00% -3.10% 14.69% 65.29% Apr/14
Manganese
CNY/T
30.25 0.00 0.00% 0.83% -3.20% -3.20% Apr/14

Index Price Day Weekly Monthly YTD Date
CRB Index
Index Points
204.52 4.58 2.29% 3.30% -0.50% 14.71% Apr/14
LME Index
Index Points
3,903.80 65.90 1.72% 1.41% 0.71% 14.33% Apr/14
S&P GSCI
Index Points
2,341.50 66.38 2.92% 3.74% -0.89% 18.44% Apr/14