Metals & Mining Snapshot: winter refuses to warm prices

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04 December 2018

Metals & Mining Snapshot: winter refuses to warm prices

Report summary

In this month’s snapshot we focus on nickel, zinc and iron ore markets which all face an important juncture. • We hear from Andrew Mitchell, Research Director – Nickel Markets, on the feasibility of Tsingshan’s plans and what we need to see for positive sentiment to return. • Whether zinc smelters in China and the rest of the world can increase utilisation rates is still the critical issue. • The extent to which production will be curtailed over the winter period clouds the outlook for iron ore.

Table of contents

  • Nickel – HPAL projects leach life out of nickel price
  • Zinc – Stocks continue to fall but price response muted
  • Iron ore – Winter shutdowns cloud outlook

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This report includes 3 images and tables including:

  • Smelter utilisation
  • BF utilisation rates in Tangshan and China's major steel mills
  • Comparison of major Chinese steel mill BF utilisation rates

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