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James Mickleboro, May 24, 2019. Galaxy, Orocobre, & Pilbara...

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    James Mickleboro, May 24, 2019. Galaxy, Orocobre, & Pilbara Minerals shares crash lower on Friday on bleak lithium forecasts. GXY KDR ORE PLS WES One of the worst performing areas of the market on Friday has been the lithium industry.The majority of Australia’s lithium miners have fallen heavily following the release of the first quarter update by lithium giant Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM). What was in SQM’s update? SQM’s update revealed that it has continued to experience a decline in lithium prices during the first quarter. It reported an average price of US$14,600 per ton during the quarter, down by around 8% from the previous quarter. Unfortunately, things are not expected to improve over the remainder of the year. In fact, the miner expects new supply to lead to another sharp decline in prices.It said: “New supply will have an impact on pricing this year, and our average price could fall an additional 20% reaching approximately US$11,000 to US$12,000 per metric ton during the second half of this year. ”If this proves to be the case then it is likely to weigh heavily on the margins of SQM and Australia’s lithium miners, hence why investors have been hitting the sell button in a hurry on Friday. Here is the state of play in the lithium industry this afternoon: The Galaxy Resources Limited (ASX: GXY) share price is down 5%The Orocobre Limited (ASX: ORE) share price has fallen 4%The Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX: PLS) share price has dropped 5%And finally, the Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX: WES) share price has fallen 0.5%. The conglomerate is in the process of acquiring lithium miner Kidman Resources Ltd (ASX: KDR) for $1.90 cash per share, which equates to a total consideration of $776 million.Its shareholders will no doubt be hopeful that lithium prices improve by the time Kidman Resources’ operations at the Mt Holland Lithium Project are fully operational.
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