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Lithium stocks rally as Allkem points to higher spot prices in June quarter

Fri 01 Apr 22, 12:49pm (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Allkem expects June quarter lithium prices to continue to surge amid strong market conditions
  • Several lithium stocks are breaking out to near-term if not all-time highs
  • Core Lithium, Liontown and Lake Resources are poised to hit producer status in the next 1-3 years

A lithium carbonate and spodumene pricing update from Allkem (ASX: AKE) is adding further jet fuel for lithium stocks on Friday. 

Explorers and producers alike are rallying across the board, even after a sharp pullback on Wall Street and weak open for the S&P/ASX 200

Lithium leaderboards 

Small cap/explorers

Producers (plus emerging)

Lithium prices go parabolic

Lithium carbonate

Allkem said that preliminary March quarter sales for lithium carbonate were approximately US$27,236/t free-on-board compared to US$12,491/t in the December quarter.

Perhaps what was more drastic was that the June quarter price received for lithium carbonate was approximately US$35,000/t.

Allkem’s first-half FY22 results were expecting prices to average around US$25,000/t. 

Spodumene

Advanced discussions have been taking place for Allkem, with spodumene concentrate pricing of approximately US$5,000/t in the June quarter.

March quarter sales were completed at a price of approximately US$2,218/t, which includes deliveries delayed from the December quarter.

Australian Lithium and Rare Earths Miners
Lithium carbonate and hydroxide prices have already gone vertical (Source: Macquarie Research, March 2022)

Impact on lithium stocks

Allkem's update has provided tangible forecasts about where lithium prices are headed in the June quarter.

This provides another vote of confidence that the supply-tight and surging EV demand narrative is showing no signs of fatigue.

A higher price environment is encouraging for established producers like Pilbara Minerals, who can take advantage of current spot prices.

Emerging players like Core Lithium, Lake Resources and Liontown expect to reach producer status in the next 1-3 years.

Written By

Kerry Sun

Finance Writer & Social Media

Kerry holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University. He is an avid swing trader, focused on technical set ups and breakouts. Outside of writing and trading, Kerry is a big UFC fan, loves poker and training Muay Thai. Connect via LinkedIn or email.

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