LIVE FUTURES REPORT 01/03: LME ali prices push higher; nickel, lead drop 2% due to firm dollar

Aluminium and tin were the only base metals on the London Metal Exchange to close the day in positive territory on Thursday March 1, with the rest of the complex diving.

Lead prices hit a two-and-a-half-month low of $2,443.50 earlier today and closed down 2.1% after recent stock inflows eased the nearby spreads significantly. The cash/three-month spread is now at a $6.15-per-tonne contango from a $6-per-tonne backwardation on Monday.
“Our cautious short-term outlook toward lead appears justified judging by current price action. Speculative investors are unwinding extended speculative net length after failing to vault overhead resistance,” Metal Bulletin analyst James Moore said.
“And recent stock flows have also softened the fundamental backdrop somewhat… Prices are likely to remain under pressure for the moment,” he added.

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Published

Alice Mason

March 01, 2018

18:33 GMT

London