Rising zinc prices have prompted Glencore to move to restart its Lady Loretta zinc mine in Queensland, Australia, this year, and the zinc price reached a fresh 10.5 year high on the London Metal Exchange yesterday above US$3,600 per tonne.
The zinc positivity didn't extend to benefit Australian zinc stocks today.
Gold-lead-zinc miner Aurelia Metals (AU:AMI) closed down almost 1.6%, while gold, nickel, copper, zinc and silver producer Independence Group (AU:IGO) closed 2.5% lower and new producer Red River Resources (AU:RVR) was down 1.3%, albeit remaining close to a 52-week high.
The gold price edged lower to US$1,334 per ounce on the spot market earlier ahead of the US Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting this week which is widely expected to leave interest rates unchanged.
Markets are also looking out for manufacturing and unemployment data this week.