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Global lead short-term outlook November 2017

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30 November 2017

Global lead short-term outlook November 2017

Report summary

Lead endured an unexciting month while buyers and sellers were focused on negotiations for supply in 2018. Supply tightness looms for concentrates and refined lead, empowering smelters to be more ambitious with targeted premium levels for 2018 after years of flat price increases. LME stocks were also relatively dormant but SHFE stocks grew by half, albeit from a low base after the recent run on refined lead. TCs reversed their recent trend, returning to positive numbers after a couple of months in negative territory, although fees are still very low at typically just $10/t.

Table of contents

    • Lead key forecasts
  • Supply-demand balances
    • China
    • Europe
    • Japan
    • Iran
      • Global quarterly refined lead consumption (kt)
    • Raw materials market
      • Concentrate market TCs
    • Mine production news
    • Smelter production news
      • Global refined lead consumption (kt Pb)
      • Global lead mine production (Lead in Concentrate)
      • Lead stocks, prices and premia

Tables and charts

This report includes 20 images and tables including:

  • Lead price sits on top of a quiet pile of base metals
  • Cash to 3-month contango price spread remains moderately tight
  • Lead price reattaches to the dollar trend later in November
  • Only a slight decrease as calm pervades LME stocks
  • Minimal deliveries in and out of LME warehouses
  • SHFE refined lead stocks climb but still relatively low
  • Refined lead premia and scrap prices
  • Current Chinese refined imports in context of recent years' intake
  • US refined lead imports higher and coming from further afield
  • Price forecasts and global quarterly supply/demand balances (kt)
  • Executive summary: Table 1
  • Demand: Table 1
  • Supply: Table 1
  • Supply: Image 1
  • Supply: Table 2
  • Supply: Table 3
  • Global refined lead production (kt Pb)
  • Global primary and secondary refined lead production (kt Pb)
  • Supply: Table 6
  • Global lead supply and demand (kt)

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