Lead Price OutlookLead prices have increased since the beginning of Q3 and reached the highest level in more than a year at the outset of this month, on the back of strong demand in the spot market largely stemming from investor speculation. Investor confidence was boosted by encouraging economic data the United States, even though market analysts suggested that they still do not see any bullish fundamentals. After peaking on 5 September, prices have since dropped somewhat. On 9 September, the spot price closed the day at USD 1,892 per metric ton, which was 5.4% higher than on the same day in August. The price was up 5.3% on a year-to-date basis and was 10.7% higher than on the same day last year. Lead prices have been rising almost steadily in the second half of this year and received a further boost in September. According to the latest report of the International Lead and Zinc Study Group, global lead mine output in the first quarter decreased 6.8% from the first quarter of 2015, because of a lower extraction output in some important producing countries—particularly Australia, China, India and the United States. This information could have driven prices up in the last few weeks, though demand in China, the world’s biggest consumer, has declined because of the ongoing economic deceleration the country is experiencing.
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Note: London Metal Exchange (LME) Lead, prices in USD per metric ton (mt). Prices are average of period (aop).
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