Zinc Prices Coincide with 16.60% Weekly Drop in SHFE Warehouse Inventories
Zinc Prices Coincide with 16.60% Weekly Drop in SHFE Warehouse Inventories

Zinc Prices Coincide with 16.60% Weekly Drop in SHFE Warehouse Inventories

  • 02-Jan-2024 6:59 PM
  • Journalist: Motoki Sasaki

In the intricate world of commodity markets, Zinc, a vital industrial metal, closed with a marginal dip of -0.06%, settling at 233.15. This nuanced movement in zinc prices was notably influenced by a substantial -16.60% decrease in zinc inventories within the warehouses monitored by the Shanghai Futures Exchange, as compared to the previous Friday. The delicate balance of supply and demand dynamics, coupled with global economic indicators, played a pivotal role in shaping the trajectory of zinc in this particular instance.

China, a significant player in the global economic landscape, presents a dichotomy with its economic indicators. While grappling with factory-gate deflation, a phenomenon indicative of declining prices at the producer level, China's Caixin China General Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for November displayed resilience by rising to 50.7. This pivotal metric, crossing the threshold of 50, signals a gradual rebound in the manufacturing sector. The resilience demonstrated by the manufacturing sector becomes even more notable in the context of broader economic challenges. The expectation of additional stimulus measures from Beijing and potential monetary easing by the People's Bank of China contributes to the positive outlook. These economic stimuli are envisioned as crucial tools to navigate and counteract deflationary pressures, fostering economic growth.

Turning our attention to the specifics of zinc production in China, a key player in the global zinc market, November 2023 witnessed a month-on-month decline of 4.23% in refined zinc output, settling at 579,000 metric tons. However, in a broader time frame, a year-on-year increase of 10.62% was recorded, signaling the industry's adaptability and resilience. The cumulative output for the period spanning January to November 2023 reached approximately 6.03 million metric tons, reflecting a substantial 10.62% year-on-year upswing. These production figures underscore the evolving dynamics within the zinc industry, as China continues to assert its influence on global commodity markets.

Examining the market dynamics from a technical perspective, the period under consideration witnessed a phenomenon known as long liquidation. This is evidenced by a notable -0.49% drop in open interest, culminating at 5501. Such shifts in open interest, a measure of active trading and market participation, offer insights into the sentiments of market participants. The technical analysis further identifies key support levels for zinc at 232.6, with a potential testing ground at 232 if this level is breached. On the flip side, resistance is anticipated at 233.8, and a successful breakthrough could set the stage for a test of the 234.4 threshold. These technical indicators provide crucial reference points for traders and investors navigating the complex landscape of zinc futures.

Related News

Nyrstar Plans to Restart Zinc Production at Dutch Smelter in May
  • 01-May-2024 6:29 PM
  • Journalist: Peter Schmidt
PhosCo Receives Approval for Ras Ghzir Lead-Zinc Research Permit in Tunisia
  • 09-Apr-2024 4:48 PM
  • Journalist: Motoki Sasaki
Titan Mining Achieves Historic Zinc Output, Eyes Strong 2024 Projections in New York
  • 21-Feb-2024 6:34 PM
  • Journalist: Timothy Greene
Zinc Surges Amid Short Covering as Market Anticipates US Inflation Data
  • 13-Feb-2024 7:31 PM
  • Journalist: Kim Chul Son