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Zinc Price Outlook

After hitting a near 11-month high in mid-April, zinc prices declined in the following weeks. On 11 May, zinc traded at USD 2,752 per metric ton, which was down 6.6% from the same day in April. Although the price was 9.3% higher on a year-to-date basis, the price was down 11.5% from the same day last year. The fall in zinc prices over the past month again largely reflected a supply-side story. After declining to their lowest levels in over two decades in early-April, stocks of zinc in London Metal Exchange warehouses have risen steeply since then. This has fueled expectations that the extremely-tight market is loosening up, albeit still remaining in deficit, and thus has put downward pressure on prices. In addition, treatment charges, which are what smelters charge miners to process the raw material, have climbed in recent months as new and restarted mines have ramped up production, signaling increased supply of refined zinc in the market ahead. Global macroeconomic developments also partly weighed on the base metal prices. Particularly, weak manufacturing activity data coming from Europe in April, coupled with a stronger dollar, which makes base metals more expensive for buyers that use other currencies, likely weighed on prices. Moreover, heightened market worries over the outcome of crucial U.S.-China trade talks last week likewise played a role.

Zinc Price History Data (USD per metric ton, aop)

2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  2018  
Zinc1911.09  2162.01  1929.03  2092.83  2890.89  2920.33  

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Note: High Grade Zinc, prices in USD per metric ton (mt). Daily prices.

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