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The global refined zinc and lead markets posted steep supply deficits in the first 11 months of 2017, according to preliminary data from the International Lead and Zinc Study Group.
HudBay Minerals Inc surpassed its 2017 copper production guidance but expects production to decline this year, the company said on Wednesday January 17.
Some copper scrap suppliers are shifting their focus overseas due to spotty demand in the US domestic market and more aggressive foreign offers.
Exporters of Commonwealth of Independent States-origin pig iron have held high prices on low material availability, while buyers are in wait-and-see mode amid high stocks.