Chinese zinc premiums stable amid weak demand

Aug 14, 2012 | 02:03 PM |

Tags  zinc, zinc premiums, zinc oxide, China, Shanghai Futures Exchange

SHANGHAI, China — Zinc premiums have stabilized in China as low downstream capacity utilization has limited appetite for imported material.

Premiums for imported zinc are averaging $130 per tonne on a c.i.f. basis, unchanged from the previous week, market sources said.

"In recent months, zinc smelters have either cut or halted production, and lower inventories in China are keeping zinc premiums at a relatively high level," an analyst told AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin. "But a weak housing market and low capacity utilization of....

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