SHANGHAI, Dec. 15 (SMM) – US November core CPI is scheduled for release today, which is expected to reach 2%, a level required for a possible interest rate hike by the Fed. Market expectations grow that the Fed will raise interest rate in December. LME zinc prices are expected to move between USD 1,535-1,565/mt today. SHFE 1602 zinc contract prices will fluctuate between RMB 12,750-12,950/mt today.
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In China’s spot markets, zinc smelters will sell at higher prices. Traders will sell aggressively to generate cash, leaving supply sufficient and weighing on spot discounts. Continuous inflows of imported zinc will hit domestic zinc prices. Spot premiums should widen to RMB 80/mt against SHFE 1602 zinc contract prices.