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Global zinc short-term outlook February 2017

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Report summary

The continued enthusiasm for commodities in February took zinc to $2970/t, its highest level since October 2007. The rally was given additional momentum by the further narrowing of the cash to three months spreads and the emergence of transient backwardations. Meanwhile, the tight concentrate market and low treatment charges were cited as the reason behind Korea Zinc's decision to cut the production guidance for its Onsan smelter in 2017 by 8%, equivalent to 50kt of refined zinc.

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Tables and charts

This report includes 20 images and tables including:


  • Zinc hits nine year high
  • Investor interest in zinc is at elevated levels
  • Cancelled warrants jump
  • Demand: Image 1
  • Chinese smelter revenue from imported spot concentrate
  • Chinese smelter revenue from domestic concentrate


  • Zinc key forecasts
  • Zinc mine capability, market adjustment and production (kt Zn)
  • Supply: Table 4
  • Supply: Table 5
  • Supply: Table 6
  • Supply: Table 7
  • Supply: Table 8
  • Supply: Table 9
  • Supply: Table 10
  • Supply-demand balances: Table 1
  • Demand: Table 1
  • Key indicators of zinc consumption
  • Supply: Table 1
  • Concentrate Balances

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