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SMM Morning Comments (Jun 8)
Jun 8,2018 09:36CST
SMM Comments
SMM Morning Comments


Copper: Copper prices slowed their upward trends overnight. LME copper came off from highs and hit the highest in four and a half years. The SHFE 1808 contract also lost some previous gains as some longs took profit and left. We remain bullish on copper prices in the short term. LME copper is likely to trade at $7,250-7,300/mt today; the SHFE 1808 contract is likely to trade at 54,000-54,500 yuan/mt. Spot discounts are seen at 60-20 yuan/mt.

Aluminium: LME aluminium fell back to among several moving averages overnight. We expect it to hover between the 20- and 40-day moving averages today and trade at $2,280-2,310/mt. As some longs took profit and closed out their positions, the SHFE 1808 contract touched a low of 14,865 yuan/mt overnight. We expect it to trade at 14,750-15,000 yuan/mt today with spot discounts at 60-20 yuan/mt.

Zinc: LME zinc opened above the 60-day moving average this morning but fell and broke the support at the 60-day moving average. In addition, the five- and 20-day moving averages below significantly diverged from each other. We see LME zinc to retrace with a trading range at $3,140-3,185/mt today. The SHFE 1808 contract failed to break the upper Bollinger band several times overnight. With such strong resistance, we see limited upward momentum for it. It is likely to continue its downward trend today to find support at the five-day moving average and trade at 24,050-24,450 yuan/mt.

Nickel: LME nickel hovered around the $15,420/mt level within a narrow range overnight after it tumbled to a low of $15,360/mt. Along with its falling LME counterpart, the SHFE 1809 contract also plunged to a low of 115,580 yuan/mt overnight. It then hovered around the 115,950 yuan/mt within a narrow range. We expect LME nickel to trade rangebound at high levels today with the SHFE 1809 contract at 115,700-118,500 yuan/mt. Spot prices are seen at 115,200-118,000 yuan/mt.

Lead: LME lead fell from a high of $2,555.5/mt to below the five-day moving average. It closed at $2,496/mt overnight with open interests declining 200 lots to 116,552 lots. However, we still see upward momentum for LME lead today. It is likely to hover around the five-day moving average during the day. The SHFE 1807 contract also slumped from highs last night but received support at the five-day moving average. It is expected to test support at that level today.

Tin: LME tin soared to a high of $21,300/mt and closed at $21,220/mt last night as the US dollar weakened. It is expected to retain its robust trend in the short term with pressure above at $21,700/mt. The SHFE 1809 contract dipped and mostly traded below the daily moving average. It is likely to test support at the short-term moving average today.

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