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METALS-London copper treads water with China on holiday
April 4, 2017 / 2:41 AM / 8 months ago

METALS-London copper treads water with China on holiday

MELBOURNE, April 4 (Reuters) - London copper was little changed at one-week lows on Tuesday as Chinese markets were out on holiday for a second day, draining the market of liquidity and direction.


* LME COPPER: London Metal Exchange copper was trading flat at $5,752 a tonne by 0206 GMT, after 1.5-percent losses the previous session. Prices earlier slipped to their lowest since March 27 at $5,747.50, having on Monday broken below their 100-day moving average at $5,785.

* SHFE COPPER: The Shanghai Futures Exchange was closed for a public holiday.

* US MANUFACTURING: a measure of U.S. manufacturing activity retreated from a 2-1/2-year high in March amid a decline in production and an inventory drawdown, but a surge in factory jobs indicated that the sector’s energy-led recovery was gaining momentum.

* GLOBAL FACTORIES: Factories across Europe and much of Asia posted another month of solid growth in March, rounding off a strong quarter for manufacturers, even though exporters fear a rise in U.S. protectionism could snuff out a global trade recovery.

* SUMITOMO METAL: Sumitomo Metal Mining Co Ltd, Japan’s second-largest copper smelter, plans to increase its refined copper output in the financial year that started on Sunday by 1.1 percent from a year earlier.

* CESCO: Chile’s Caserones copper mine, which has suffered a series of technical problems in its ramp-up stage that have continually pushed back its start completion date, should be fully functioning by mid-year, a senior mine executive said Monday.

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* Asian share markets were down in skittish early trade on Tuesday as investors held their breath ahead of a potentially tense meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping later this week.


0900 Euro zone Retail sales Feb

1230 U.S. International trade Feb

1345 U.S. ISM-New York index Mar

1400 U.S. Factory orders Feb


Three month LME copper

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Three month LME aluminium

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Three month LME zinc

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Three month LME lead

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Three month LME nickel

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Three month LME tin

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Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Joseph Radford

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