* China equities record biggest drop in six months
* Goldman forecasts copper deficit in revised 2017 outlook
(Adds closing prices)
By Maytaal Angel
LONDON, Dec 12 Copper slipped on Monday, weighed
down by falling Chinese equity markets and as investors took
profits from gains made last week on renewed signs of economic
recovery in top consumer China.
China shares suffered their biggest drop since June
overnight as fresh regulatory curbs were put on trading by
insurance companies and as worries about U.S. President-elect
Donald Trump's China policy rattled investors.
However, prices for industrial commodities in China have
soared in recent weeks on signs of growth.
Chinese producer prices rose at the fastest pace in more
than five years in November, fresh data showed on Friday,
supporting views that the economy could strengthening thanks to
a pickup in industrial activity.
"Fundamentals have been gradually improving through the
year, but (copper) has gone too far too quickly. A lot of it was
technically driven and that support has now gone away, so we
expect it to find a new equilibrium in the short term," said Guy
Wolf at Marex Spectron.
Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange
closed 1 percent down at $5,768 a tonne. The metal has risen by
about 25 percent since late October.
Hedge funds and money managers increased their bullish
stance in COMEX copper to a record level for the fifth straight
week in the week to Dec. 6, U.S. data showed.
Goldman Sachs on Monday revamped its copper outlook for next
year, flipping from predicting a 360,000-tonne surplus to a
moderate deficit of about 180,000 tonnes.
In the wider markets, oil prices surged to their highest
since mid-2015, with the recently agreed cut in output by the
world's top crude producers continuing to lend support.
"The current spike in oil and a stronger dollar, coupled
with increasing pressure in the Chinese financial markets,
should make Chinese funds more reluctant to initiate a fresh
round of aggressive buying (in metals) at this stage," INTL
FCStone said in a note.
Nickel pared last week's gains to close 1.5 percent
down at $11,300 a tonne. The metal has been supported by a
sweeping mining clampdown in the Philippine's, the top exporter
of nickel ore to China.
Aluminium lost 1.1 percent to close at $1,731, lead
finished the session with a 1.4 percent gain at $2,352
and zinc slipped by 0.8 percent to $2,732. Tin
rose by 0.5 percent to $21,025.
Three month LME copper
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Three month LME lead
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($1 = 6.9151 Chinese yuan)
(Additional reporting by James Regan in Sydney; Editing by
David Evans and David Goodman)