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Soaring zinc prices?

Shrinking supplies seems to overcome gravity of slowing base metals demand

Caught between an updraft caused by dwindling supply and the gravity of slowing growth in global demand, zinc prices seem to have reached a cruising altitude above US$1 per pound.

Recent closures of two large zinc mines - Century in Australia and Lisheen in Ireland - wiped out more than 600,000 metric tons of the world's annual supply of the galvanizing metal.

Analysts expected these looming suppl...


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