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Global zinc short-term outlook August 2017

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For the first time in a decade the zinc price has climbed above $3000/t. The price strength was driven by a combination of improving fundamentals, thin markets and short covering with even retail investors in China getting involved. However, with a muted supply response thus far, the risk of demand destruction is growing.

Table of contents

  • Executive summary
    • Market Developments
      • Price forecasts and global quarterly supply and demand balance
    • Global
    • China
    • Europe
      • Galvanized sheet and metallic coated sheet production
    • Concentrate market
      • Chinese sources of concentrate imports
      • Concentrate balances
    • August mine production news
    • Smelter production news
      • Index of monthly reported Chinese smelter production
      • Zinc smelter capability, market adjustment and production (kt Zn)

Tables and charts

This report includes 23 images and tables including:

  • Zinc key forecasts
  • A surge in trading volume prompts the Shangahi Futures Exchange to intervene in zinc
  • Exchange stocks have fallen to just eight days of consumption
  • Mine project adjustment breakdown
  • The global economy is showing a surprising degree of stability and strength
  • Rising land sales an upside risk to real-estate sector?
  • All the key sectors of the European economy are growing
  • Treatment charges $/t of concentrate
  • Index of monthly Chinese mine production
  • Zinc mine capability, market adjustment and production (kt Zn)
  • Supply-demand balances: Table 2
  • Demand: Table 1
  • Key indicators of zinc consumption
  • Supply: Image 1
  • Supply: Table 2
  • Supply: Image 3
  • Supply: Table 4
  • Global zinc consumption - (kt Zn)
  • Global zinc mine production (kt Zn)
  • Global zinc smelter production (kt Zn)
  • Zinc stocks, prices and premiums
  • Chinese trade data (kt)
  • Global slab zinc supply/demand balance (kt)

What's included

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    Global zinc short-term outlook August 2017

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    Data Tables Zinc STO August.xls

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