Metal Stocks Surge on Rate-Cut Optimism and Strong Chinese Economy

Metal Stocks Surge on Rate-Cut Optimism and Strong Chinese Economy
Metal Stocks Surge on Rate-Cut Optimism and Strong Chinese Economy/Bloomberg
Metal Stocks Surge on Rate-Cut Optimism and Strong Chinese Economy
Metal Stocks Surge on Rate-Cut Optimism and Strong Chinese Economy/Bloomberg

Metal Stocks Surge on Rate-Cut Optimism and Strong Chinese Economy

Metal Stocks Surge on Rate-Cut Optimism and Strong Chinese Economy

Metal Stocks Surge on Rate-Cut Optimism and Strong Chinese Economy

  1. Indian metal stocks rallied as optimism for U.S. Federal Reserve rate cuts grew.
  2. Hindustan Zinc soared over 18.65%, leading individual stock gains.
  3. Positive Chinese trade data also contributed to the surge in metal prices.

Indian metal stocks experienced a significant upswing on Friday, driven by growing anticipation of U.S. Federal Reserve rate cuts and positive indicators from the Chinese economy. The Nifty Metal index closed trading with a robust gain of 1.54%, reaching 8,977 points. Notably, Hindustan Zinc surged over 18.65%, hitting a new high of ₹541 per share, while Hindustan Copper and Vedanta also saw gains of over 4%.

The surge in metal prices was bolstered by recent U.S. data indicating a cooling labor market and a rise in initial claims for state unemployment benefits. This, combined with expectations of impending interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve, boosted hopes for economic growth and increased metal demand. Additionally, positive Chinese trade data, showing a 1.5% year-on-year surge in exports in April 2024, further contributed to the optimistic outlook.

The rally in metal prices extended beyond individual stocks, with companies like Steel Authority of India, Jindal Stainless, and JSW Steel also posting gains between 0.5% and 2%. This upward momentum reflects the market’s response to improving economic conditions and heightened global demand, particularly from China, the largest consumer of base metals.

Moreover, base metals, including copper, experienced a jump in prices on the London Metal Exchange, driven by supply deficits and bullish demand projections. Meanwhile, gold prices also rose, fueled by its status as a safe-haven asset amidst geopolitical tensions and expectations of falling interest rates.

Source: Mint

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