MELBOURNE, March 24 London copper was on track
for a two percent weekly drop on Friday after striking union
members at Escondida, the world's top copper mine, agreed to
return to work.
* LME COPPER: London Metal Exchange copper edged
down by 0.2 percent to $5,811 a tonne by 0114 GMT, following a
small gain in the previous session. The metal was set for a two
percent weekly drop, trimming its year-to-date gains to 5
* TECHNICALS: Copper faces resistance at the 200-day moving
average on the weekly chart at $5,959 a tonne.
* SHFE COPPER: Shanghai Futures Exchange copper was
little changed at 47,000 yuan ($6,827) a tonne.
* ZINC STRIKE: Noranda Income Fund said on
Thursday zinc output at its Quebec plant, the second-largest in
North America, was at 50-60 percent of normal operating levels
as a five-and-a-half week long strike dragged on.
* JAPAN ECON: Confidence among Japanese manufacturers rose
for a seventh straight month in March to a three-year high,
while the service sector's mood held steady, a Reuters poll
showed, highlighting an export-led economic recovery.
* FREEPORT: Freeport-McMoRan Inc said Thursday that a nearly
two-week strike has not materially impacted production levels at
its Cerro Verde copper mine in Peru, the country's biggest,
although the union said output has been cut in half.
* ESCONDIDA: The strike at Chile's Escondida, the world's
largest copper mine, is ending after workers decided to invoke a
rarely used legal provision that allows them to extend their old
contract, the union said on Thursday.
* CHINA POLLUTION: Beijing and the surrounding province of
Hebei will plant trees, establish green belts and make use of
rivers and wetlands to create a "green necklace" to protect
China's smog-hit capital from pollution.
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MARKETS: U.S. stocks inched lower on Thursday after a vote
on President Donald Trump's healthcare bill was delayed, casting
doubt over the prospects of Trump's pro-growth policies, while
European shares rose on bank borrowing and oil prices slipped.
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(Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Richard Pullin)