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Limited arrivals prevent rebound in zinc social inventories
Jul 19,2019 14:05CST
data analysis
Source:SMM
Stocks decreased by 1,000 mt from Jul 12 and by 800 mt from Jul 15 to stand at 145,500 mt as of Jul 19

SHANGHAI, Jul 19 (SMM) – Zinc social inventories across Shanghai, Tianjin and Guangdong continued to shrink this week, as slower shipments from domestic smelters and few inflows of seaborne materials limited arrivals at social warehouses.

Consumption, meanwhile, weakened in a low season.

SMM data showed that stocks across the three regions decreased by 1,000 mt from Friday July 12 and by 800 mt from Monday July 15 to stand at 145,500 mt as of Friday July 19.

Smelters in north China conducted summer maintenance in July-August, which capped gains in overall output. This, together with a depletion in in-plant stocks from the July delivery of futures contracts, slowed shipments from smelters to social warehouses, as smelters had to ensure direct shipments to downstream consumers.

Several large smelters will recover from maintenance in the coming weeks, which might generate a rebound in social inventories, but the growth will be limited in the short term.

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