Commodity Corner

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Live from London Metal Exchange Week 2009

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Nickel The great and good of the global metals industry gather for London Metal Exchange week — the flagship event for the industry.

With most base metal prices running way ahead of fundamentals, real and apparent demand unclear and leading economies at different stages of recovery or not, its a key time to take the temperature of banks, producers, consumers and funds involved in metals.

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Base metals ripe for downside corrections

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USA/After an interview this week for Reuters Investment Summit,  Brian Fabbri, chief U.S. economist at BNP Paribas said he did not think gains in base metal prices over the last 3 months accurately reflect how weak fundamentals are, especially in the economies of major users U.S., Europe and Japan, adding that industrial metals prices would need to correct lower.

Asked whether growth in emerging economies would be enough to compensate for slowing in the U.S., he said: “No.”