GLOBAL ZINC & LEAD WRAP: European zinc premiums sink to 8.5-year low; unchanged elsewhere [CORRECTED]

Zinc ingot premiums fell to their lowest levels in eight and a half years in Antwerp and Rotterdam on Tuesday February 26 due to market sellers offloading units in reaction to tightening London Metal Exchange future price spreads.

European zinc premiums drop sharply  Shanghai zinc market flat  South and East Asia lead markets unchanged with little buying European zinc premiums drop to 8 ½ year lows as backwardation bites Premiums for special high grade (SHG) zinc ingots in northern Europe fell to eight-and-a-half-year lows, after forward spreads switched again to backwardation and sellers were faced with slack spot demand. Fastmarkets’ SHG zinc premium FCA Antwerp dropped to $100-120 per tonne on Tuesday, from $115-125 per tonne last week. Multiple parties from all sides of the market confirmed they had traded in the new range, which is the lowest set by Fastmarkets since October 2010. “February has been really quiet, the demand side is weak at the moment,” a trader said. The LME cash/three-month spread was recently trading in a $20.75 per tonne backwardation, compared with a $8 per tonne contango this time last week. Market participants were concerned...

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Anna Xu

Archie Hunter

February 27, 2019

16:25 GMT

London, Shanghai