GLOBAL ZINC & LEAD WRAP: Global zinc premiums flat despite tight spread; India lead demand mute

Spot activity for both zinc and lead remained minimal in the week to Tuesday October 1, while premiums across other global markets were left unchanged.

  • Zinc premiums in Europe and the United States are unchanged this week while zinc’s three-month price on the London Metal Exchanage remains stable and most of the market is well covered by long-term deliveries.
  • LME zinc's forward curve is contracting this week while the cash-to-three-month spread is trading in a $29.50-per-tonne backwardation on Wednesday October 2 morning.
  • The Indian lead premium maintained its low level due to poor demand from decreasing activity in the automotive sector.

European zinc premiums unchanged despite spread tightness

Illiquidity tempered the European zinc market this week with no new business reported to Fastmarkets, while all assessments deem the premium to be unchanged.

Fastmarkets’ assessment of the zinc special high grade (SHG) min 99.995% ingot premium, duty paid fca Rotterdam was at $95-110 per tonne on October 1 and trading at parity with Fastmarkets’ assessment of the premium for zinc special high grade (SHG)...


Archie Hunter

Julian Luk

Amy Hinton

Rijuta Dey Bera

October 02, 2019

14:00 GMT

London, New York