Each publication contains detailed individual analyst and average (mean) price forecasts for the next 8 quarters, as well as the long-term outlook for the upcoming 10 year period. This is complemented with in-depth graphical and written analysis. In addition, Energy and Metals Consensus Forecasts features a closer look at changes in the macroeconomic outlook in the world's major economies, and a selection of currency forecasts taken from our Foreign Exchange Consensus Forecasts publication. The publication has many practical uses including commodity investment analysis, risk management, corporate planning, and budgeting. The commodities covered have been selected for their global appeal and traded on prominent futures markets such as the London Metal Exchange (LME), New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) and InterContinental Exchange (ICE).

Forecast Coverage for Lithium

Lithium was first introduced in our Energy and Metals surveys in February 2019, and features forecasts for the following three definitions:
  • Lithium - Battery Grade: Lithium Carbonate, min 99.5%, Li2CO3 Battery Grade, cif, China, Japan and South Korea.
  • Lithium - Spodumene: Ore, min 5-6%, Li20, cif, China.
  • Lithium - Hydroxide, min 56.5%, LiOH.H2O Battery Grade, cif, China, Japan and South Korea.

Lithium Price History

The chart below illustrates the trend in Lithium Battery Grade, Hydroxide and Spodumene prices since January 2017. Battery grade/hydroxide is measured as US$/kg and spodumene as US$/T.

Consensus Forecasts for Lithium

The sample table below has been extracted from our November 2021 survey, showing price forecasts for Battery Grade Lithium (Carbonate). The publication also includes forecasts for Lithium - Spudomene and Hydroxide, and the accompanying Excel file includes individual panellist forecasts for each of these (as well as all other commodities featured in Energy and Metals Consensus Forecasts).

Lithium and Coverage of Other Commodities

A complete sample issue of the publication, which also includes Consensus Forecasts™ for Cobalt and Nickel, as well as ferrous, non-ferrous and precious metals, can be downloaded by clicking below. If you have any questions, please contact us at Consensus Economics.