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Metals experts talk pandemic impact and forecast demand

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Shredded e-scrap showing gold and other metals.

The e-scrap metals market saw a significant impact from the coronavirus pandemic, which made obtaining supply a challenging task. | Amy_VonDe/Shutterstock

Processors were not alone in feeling supply and demand impacts from COVID-19. Their downstream partners were in a similar boat, as three smelting and refining experts explained during a presentation last week.

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Gold maintains elevated pricing

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Gold prices reached nearly $2,000 a troy ounce in August. | savva_25/Shutterstock

Driven by investors, gold prices have remained high throughout the year, even hitting a recent record high this quarter, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Is the e-scrap metal market cooling?

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E-scrap for recycling.

While gold’s value is up 30% this year, following on the 20% improvement last year, a slight market correction has occurred in past weeks. | Andriy Malakhovskyy/Shutterstock

The value of the base and precious metals recovered from obsolete electronics has been at near record highs in recent months. However, market conditions appear to be softening.

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Connecticut boosts prices it pays to e-scrap firms

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Computer towers collected and stacked for recycling.

Under Connecticut’s extended producer responsibility program, municipalities perform the bulk of e-scrap collections. | Suzanne-B/Shutterstock

Processing companies said multiple factors led them to raise recycling prices in Connecticut this year. Some cost pressures are unique to the state but others are being felt industry wide.

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Pandemic trends lead to boosted PC sales in Q2

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Second quarter PC shipments this year rose 2.8% compared with the second quarter of 2019. | joyfull/Shutterstock

PC shipments were up almost 3% during the second quarter of the year compared with 2019. Analysis firm Gartner says the growth was driven by stores beginning to rebound from the first-quarter COVID-19 disruptions, as well as a significant increase in laptop sales.

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