LIVE FUTURES REPORT 05/07: Pressure mounts against LME base metals; nickel steady

Base metals on the London Metal Exchange were mixed at the close of trading on Thursday July 5, pressured by macroeconomic uncertainty amid continued sell-offs in copper, zinc and tin prices.

While zinc prices continue to be hampered by a flurry of short-covering, the metal’s three-month price avoided another drop below the nearby support level of $2,700 per tonne at the afternoon close.  In addition, a narrowing of the backwardation in zinc’s cash/three-month spread has given the metal breathing space, easing from $51 per tonne on July 1 to its current level of $39 per tonne.  That said, zinc prices are down more than 17% since June 12. “If prices can continue higher, short sellers will be under pressure. A pick-up in nearby tightness might prompt more short-covering, which could see prices move up higher,” Metal Bulletin analyst Andy Farida said.  “But zinc remains in a...


Hassan Butt

July 05, 2018

17:55 GMT