Apr 9, 2018 - World

Aluminum prices rise after U.S. sanctions Russian producer

A worker watches an aluminum slab being lifted.

A worker watches an aluminum slab getting lifted in a foundry operated by Rusal. Photo: Andrey Rudakov / Bloomberg via Getty Images 

Aluminum prices are rising following the Trump administration's sanctions on Russian aluminum giant Rusal last week, reports MarketWatch.

What it means: The prices are likely climbing on expectations that the sanctions will result in a smaller supply of aluminum worldwide, as Rusal produces 7% of the world’s aluminum. Meanwhile, Karen McBeth, content director of Metals Pricing at S&P Global, told MarketWatch that the sanctions could have a "lasting" effect on aluminum pricing in the U.S.

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