June 15, 2018 / 1:28 AM / 4 months ago

METALS-Copper prices ease for 2nd day on concerns over Chinese demand

SINGAPORE, June 15 (Reuters) - London copper prices slid for a second session on Friday, with the market set for its biggest weekly decline since late April on concerns over demand in top consumer China.

Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange had fallen 0.5 percent to $7,141.50 a tonne by 0114 GMT, while the most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange slid 0.7 percent to 53,440 yuan ($8,352.61) a tonne.

For the week, LME copper has dropped 2.3 percent, the biggest weekly loss since the week ending April 27. The Shanghai contract is down 1.3 percent, the most since the week ending March 23.

* CHINESE GROWTH: China’s industrial output, investment and retail sales all grew less than expected, offsetting upbeat trade data and suggesting further weakness ahead if Beijing sustains its crackdown on factory pollution and local government spending.

* CRACKDOWN: China’s economy is finally starting to cool under the weight of a multi-year crackdown on riskier lending that is pushing up borrowing costs for companies and consumers, with data on Thursday pointing to a broad slowdown in activity in May.

* CHINA METALS OUTPUT: While slower Chinese growth suggested lower demand, China’s output of 10 non-ferrous metals including copper, aluminium, lead, zinc and nickel rose 4.3 percent in May from a year earlier to 4.55 million tonnes. Aluminium production was up 1.5 percent at 2.79 million tonnes.

* TRADE TENSIONS: U.S. President Trump has made up his mind to impose “pretty significant” tariffs on Chinese goods, an administration official said on Thursday, as Beijing warned that it was ready to respond if Washington chose to ratchet up trade tensions.

* HIGHER STAKE: Anglo American said on Thursday it had agreed that Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp should raise its stake in the Quellaveco copper project in Peru by 21.9 percent for $600 million, taking its holding to 40 percent.

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MARKETS NEWS

* The U.S. dollar rose more than a penny against a basket of major currencies as the euro cratered, and U.S. stocks closed higher on Thursday, as the European Central Bank signalled interest rate hikes were a long way off.

DATA AHEAD (GMT) 0130 China House prices May 0600 Germany Wholesale price index May 0900 Euro zone Eurostat trade Apr 1230 U.S. New York Fed manufacturing Jun 1315 U.S. Industrial production May 1400 U.S. University of Michigan sentiment index Jun

PRICES

Three month LME copper

Most active ShFE copper

Three month LME aluminium

Most active ShFE aluminium

Three month LME zinc

Most active ShFE zinc

Three month LME lead

Most active ShFE lead

Three month LME nickel

Most active ShFE nickel

Three month LME tin

Most active ShFE tin

ARBS ($1 = 6.3980 Chinese yuan renminbi)

Reporting by Naveen Thukral Editing by Joseph Radford

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