LIVE FUTURES REPORT 27/02: LME lead price climbs 2% amid fresh cancelation

Lead’s three-month price on the London Metal Exchange climbed at the close of trading on Wednesday February 27, finishing above its nearby $2,100 per tonne resistance level amid a continued draw on the LME’s dwindling inventory.

Total LME lead stocks were now at their lowest level in a decade, with the amount of deliverable material now down to just 61,125 tonnes. More than 40% of on-warrant material is held in LME-listed warehouses in Antwerp. The metal’s three-month price, which has consolidated below $2,100 per tonne for much of February, jumped during afternoon trading to reach its highest level since August 2018 amid a fresh cancelation of 14,500 tonnes. “Lead prices are consolidating within the overall up-channel from the early October lows, although the fresh cancelations today are likely to put further pressure on already low global stocks,” Fastmarkets analyst Andy Farida said in his Lead Today report. “Yet we maintain our view that notably higher prices are likely to depend more on broader macroeconomic factors, particularly the outcome of trade negotiations,” he added. Elsewhere,...


Hassan Butt

February 27, 2019

18:12 GMT