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Global lead short-term outlook April 2018

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30 April 2018

Global lead short-term outlook April 2018

Report summary

While some LME metals have begun trading at significantly higher levels due to the repercussions of US sanction on certain Russian businesses and individuals, lead continued to lose value during April. This has been the result of seasonally weaker demand, as well as concerns that the contraction in economic output that is thought likely to result from any trade war between China and the USA would damage metal consumption prospects. Lead's fundamentals have been supportive so far this year, with poor availability of mined lead having resulted in a decisive cut in annual contract terms between miners and smelters. However, supply growth is forecast to pick up during the balance of 2018 and beyond, and the degree to which the lead market softens as a result will be determined by the relative strength of demand.

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Tables and charts

This report includes 17 images and tables including:

  • US sanctions focus attention on aluminium and nickel, as lead drifts lower
  • Price spread volatility reduces with a more consistent contango in April
  • Lead price mostly follows the dollar rate in April without any new drivers of its own
  • LME stocks stabilise after a year of steady decline
  • Delivery activity quietens down for LME refined lead movements
  • Executive summary: Table 1
  • Supply-demand balances: Table 1
  • Supply-demand balances: Table 2
  • Concentrate market TCs
  • Supply: Table 2
  • Supply: Table 3
  • Supply: Table 4
  • Supply: Table 5
  • Supply: Table 6
  • Supply: Table 7
  • Supply: Table 8
  • Demand: Table 1

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