Slumping US$ boosts metals, including tin and aluminium


Tin was 2.3% higher at $30,595 a tonne after reaching $30,650, the highest since 2011. Nickel was up 0.4% at $17,980, lead was up 1% at $2,229.50. (File mic shows tin ingots MMC in Malaysia)

LONDON: Most industrial metals prices rose on Tuesday as investors betting on a long period of low interest rates bought riskier assets, pushing global stock markets higher and dragging the dollar to its weakest since February.

The weaker greenback helps dollar-priced metals by making them cheaper for buyers with other currencies.

Benchmark zinc on the London Metal Exchange (LME) was up 1.4% at $3,056 a tonne at 1615 GMT after surging to $3,108.50, its highest since June 2018.

Lurking in the background are concerns that Peru and Chile will raise taxes on mining companies, potentially squeezing supply of metals including zinc and copper, said Commerzbank analyst Daniel Briesemann.

Analysts at Citi said the roughly 65 million tonne a year aluminium market would be undersupplied by 480,000 tonnes in 2022 and 1.08 million tonnes in 2023.  Analysts at Citi said the roughly 65 million tonne a year aluminium market would be undersupplied by 480,000 tonnes in 2022 and 1.08 million tonnes in 2023. "We now see LME aluminium rising to $3,000 a tonne by the end of 2022," they said. (File pic shows aluminium storage at Port Klang in Malaysia.)

But he said industrial metals prices had overshot and would likely dip in the second half of the year, with zinc falling to around $2,600-$2,700.

FED: Dallas Federal Reserve President Robert Kaplan reiterated that he does not expect U.S. interest rates to rise until next year.

HOUSING: U.S. homebuilding fell more than expected in April.

COPPER: LME copper was up 0.1% at $10,387.50 a tonne after reaching a record high of $10,747.50 last week.

DEFICIT: The roughly 24 million tonne a year copper market will be undersupplied by around half a million tonnes this year and mostly balanced in 2022, the International Wrought Copper Council (IWCC) said.

MUTANDA: Glencore plans to restart operations at its Mutanda cobalt and copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo next year, a source told Reuters.

CHINA: China's state planner said it would take measures to stabilise steel and iron ore markets after prices shot up.

ALUMINIUM: Analysts at Citi said the roughly 65 million tonne a year aluminium market would be undersupplied by 480,000 tonnes in 2022 and 1.08 million tonnes in 2023.

"We now see LME aluminium rising to $3,000 a tonne by the end of 2022," they said. Benchmark LME aluminium was down 0.9% at $2,477.

CHINA IMPORTS: China's aluminium imports in April rose 36.1% from the previous month, customs data showed.

OTHER METALS: Tin was 2.3% higher at $30,595 a tonne after reaching $30,650, the highest since 2011. Nickel was up 0.4% at $17,980, lead was up 1% at $2,229.50.

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