Global zinc short-term outlook April 2022
Worries about the impact of China's lockdowns on commodity demand weighed on base metal prices this month. After hovering around $4400/t for much of April the price retreated finding support at $4100/t. With 66% of the stocks in the warehouses of the LME now cancelled, the shrinking of LME inventories looks set to continue providing fundamental support to elevated zinc price. Meanwhile, the arbitrage of LME prices over SHFE prices continued to push spot treatment charges higher.