METALS-Zinc slips, set for worst quarter since 2015

    BEIJING, June 29 (Reuters) - Zinc fell back in London and
Shanghai on Friday after jumping in the previous session on the
prospect of Chinese smelters cutting output by 10 percent in
response to lower zinc prices and treatment charges, a key
source of revenue.
    The metal, used to galvanise steel, is on course to shed
11.8 percent in London and 5.3 percent in Shanghai in the second
quarter, which in both cases would mark its worst quarter since
the third quarter of 2015.  
    LME zinc is also set for a drop of 7 percent in June alone,
which would be its steepest monthly drop since November 2015.
   
   FUNDAMENTALS
    * ZINC: Zinc on the London Metal Exchange was down
0.5 percent at $2,882 a tonne as of 0221 GMT, having ended up
0.7 percent on Thursday. The most traded August zinc contract
 on the Shanghai Futures Exchange (ShFE) edged down 0.04
percent to 23,215 yuan ($3,498.40) a tonne. 
    * COPPER: Three-month copper on the LME was flat at
$6,620.50 a tonne and on track for a 1.4 percent dip this
quarter. ShFE copper fell by 0.7 percent but is still
set for a 1.8 percent gain over the three months.
    * OTHER METALS: Shanghai nickel is set for its best
quarter since the contract was launched in 2015, with a 17.8
percent rise, while lead is poised to add 16.4 percent
this quarter amid an environmental crackdown in China. 
    * TC/RCs: China's top copper smelters on Thursday failed to
set minimum treatment and refining charges (TC/RCs) for copper
concentrate in the third quarter of 2018, two people with
knowledge of the matter said.
    * RUSAL: Shareholders at sanctions-hit Russian aluminium
producer Rusal elected a new board of directors on
Thursday in an effort to appease the U.S. and get the
restrictions lifted.
    * VALE: Brazilian miner Vale 



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