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Aluminium: the darling of 2017

Aluminium, a metal often associated with a thematic of oversupply, has surprised on the upside in 2017, increasing 20% year to date and exceeding US$2,000 per tonne for the first time since 2014.

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Aluminium producers will be hoping oversupply does not foil further price rises (photo: http://images-of-elements.com

The cause of this price increase can be traced back to China where policy makers have targeted domestic producers who are either heavy polluters or illegal operators.

Such crackdowns, in m...