Zinc is one of the metal commodities that has been traded through MCX. MCX stands for the Multi Commodity Exchange. MCX is the exchange where you can trade commodities such as gold, silver, nickel and agricultural products like cotton, coffee, turmeric, etc. just like the BSE exchange where stocks of companies are traded. The trading mechanism done through MCX is pretty transparent, and it is disciplined with the regulatory framework
Zinc is the fourth most broadly used metal in the planet after steel, copper and aluminium. It occurs in the earth's crust naturally, and it is the 24th most abundant component, with about 1.9 billion tonnes of known resources. It has a unique characteristic of being hard and brittle at most temperatures but becomes pliable between 100 °C and 150 °C. It is a great conductor of heat and electricity. It burns with a bright bluish-green flame, giving off zinc oxide fumes.
Zinc is also an indispensable trace element and vital for plants, animals, and microorganisms. Nevertheless, high levels of zinc exposure through breath, ingestion, and dermal contact could cause adverse health consequences. Zinc has excellent resistance towards non-acidic atmospheric corrosion, which makes it a vital element in extending the life of buildings, ships, vehicles, and so on. Zinc coating is majorly used in galvanized steel, as it's a great anti-corrosion agent. It also has industrial uses such as automobile, fungicide, rubber, chemical industries, battery, petroleum, and paint —a few among the many industrial applications it is being put to today.
Reasons for trading Zinc:
There are several advantages of trading and investing in metal commodities, especially in zinc commodity. With the expected growth and demand of this base metal, one can assure considerable returns in the future.
Indian mines are producing world-class zinc, which is not only used in household consumption and also in the country’s exports.
By investing in this commodity, you can protect your portfolio from short term zinc price fluctuation. Furthermore, it is recommended to keep some commodity stocks in the heavily-loaded equity portfolio.
Factors Influencing Zinc Prices:
In India, the Zinc rates are fixed based on the prices that rule in INR-USD exchange rates and the international spot market.
Zinc prices can be affected by a lot of economic events such as the national industrial growth, global financial crisis, deflation, recession, and inflation etc. Even the geopolitical happenings heavily influence zinc prices and cause significant changes.
“Demand and Supply” is one of the determinants which drive the prices of zinc. Furthermore, as time, society develops, it can lead to higher zinc demand based on the financial position.
Events restricting the supply of material flow, it could hugely influence the prices of zinc. The trade policies, taken by the government (implementation or discontinuation of taxes, and penalties, quotas) also change the zinc prices massively.
Before trading in Zinc, it's better to know the Contract Specification of Zinc:
The contract starts at 1st of a contract launch month and the last trading day falls on the last day of the calendar of the contract expiry month. If the contract launch date falls on a holiday, then the following day the contract starts. Whereas, if the contract expiry day falls on a holiday, the previous day the contracts expire.
Trading Period: Mondays through Friday
Trading Session: Monday to Friday: 9.00 a.m. to 11.30 p.m. / 11.55 p.m*
Trading Unit: 5 MT
Quotation/ Base value: Rs. /kg
Price Quote: Ex-Warehouse at Chennai district in Tamil Nadu (excludes only GST).
Maximum Order Size: 100 MT
Tick Size (Minimum Price Movement): 5 Paisa per kg
Daily Price Limits Normally, the base price limit will be 4%. Whenever there is a breach in the base daily price limit, the relaxation will be allowed to 6%.In case, if the 6% base price limit the daily price limit will be relaxed up to 9% after a cooling-off period of 15 minutes.
Extreme Loss Margin: 1%
For individual clients: 7000 MT or 5% of the market-wide open position, whichever is higher for all Zinc contracts combined together.
For a member collectively for all clients: 70,000 MT or 20% of the market-wide open position, whichever is higher for all Zinc contracts combined together.
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