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May 18, 2015

Copper dips on dollar strength, demand expectations curb losses

LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – Copper slipped as the dollar rose
on Monday, though losses were limited by signs of potentially
stronger demand and expectations of further policy easing by top
consumer China.

Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange closed
down at $6,380 a tonne from $6,415 at Friday’s close.

May 13, 2015

China’s property troubles may hit copper after steel

LONDON (Reuters) – A slump in China’s property sector that has hit steel consumption may be a warning signal for industrial metal copper, which reacts with a time lag to the construction cycle.

The extent of the impact is not yet clear, but for some, falling steel demand is raising concerns about Chinese copper demand growth this year.

May 11, 2015

Copper slips, more China easing seen likely

LONDON, May 11 (Reuters) – Copper slipped on Monday as
doubts emerged about whether rate cuts in China would be enough
to stimulate economic activity in the world’s largest consumer
of industrial metals.

Benchmark copper traded at $6,363 a tonne in
official rings, down from Friday’s last bid of $6,385. The metal
used in the power and construction industries is up about 20
percent since late January.

May 7, 2015

Hopes for China stimulus help buoy copper

LONDON, May 7 (Reuters) – Copper was supported on Thursday
by expectations of further stimulus to boost economic growth in
top consumer China, but gains were capped by equity market
losses around the world.

Three-month copper was trading at $6,429 a tonne at
1011 GMMT from $6,390 at Wednesday’s close. Earlier this week
the metal used in the construction and power industries hit
$6,481 a tonne, the highest since December 15.

May 6, 2015

Tungsten prices unlikely to collapse, Wolf exec says

LONDON, May 6 (Reuters) – Expectations of collapsing
tungsten prices after China abolished export taxes are likely to
be dashed as the country’s officials have found another way to
limit shipments, Russell Clark, managing director at mining firm
Wolf Minerals, told Reuters.

A World Trade Organization ruling last year said China’s
export duties imposed on rare earths, tungsten and molybdenum,
were incompatible with the country’s WTO obligations. China has
abolished those levies effective May 1.

Apr 27, 2015

LME moves to cut warehouse queues faster

LONDON, April 27 (Reuters) – New measures to increase the
amount of metal withdrawn from warehouses, relative to material
brought in, will help to reduce queues faster at London Metal
Exchange (LME) registered warehouses, the exchange said on
Monday.

The LME, the world’s oldest and biggest market for
industrial metals which is now owned by Hong Kong Exchanges and
Clearing Ltd, oversees warehouses where companies that
buy metals on its futures market can take delivery of
quality-assured supplies if needed.

Apr 20, 2015

Copper retreats after push to three-week peak

LONDON, April 20 (Reuters) – Copper jumped to a three-week
high on Monday after China eased monetary policy to stimulate a
slowing economy, only for prices to reverse as hopes of stronger
demand receded.

Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange hit
$6,173 a tonne, the highest since March 26, before falling to
$6,000 a tonne at 1441 GMT, down 1 percent on the previous
close.

Oct 21, 2011

Volatile copper roars back in front of EU summit

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Copper ended a volatile week on firmer footing Friday, rallying 6 percent in its largest one-day advance since early 2010, as opportunistic buyers stepped up purchases on the eve of a European Union debt-crisis summit.

A day removed from its worst one-day collapse in four weeks, copper bounced back strongly to lead all gainers in the Reuters-Jefferies CRB index .CRB, as investors grew hopeful for a near-term solution to the euro zone debt crisis. The metal was also helped by Chinese buying signals.

Oct 21, 2011

LME must keep unique trading blend for sale to work

LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Leading London Metal Exchange
shareholders will insist on retaining key elements of the
134-year old exchange’s unique trading and business model as a
condition to agree any sale, they told Reuters.

The LME offers standard one- and three-month contracts, but
users can also trade daily out to three months and forwards are
available for those who want to trade for several months or two
to three years down the line. The range of LME trades has
spawned a web of related trading structures worldwide.

Oct 20, 2011

Global growth blues to sap China copper demand growth – poll

LONDON (Reuters) – A deteriorating economic outlook and the damaging consequences for Chinese metal goods exports to the United States and Europe will undermine the country’s demand for copper next year, a Reuters survey showed.

The survey of 10 analysts carried out over the last week showed real Chinese copper demand, which excludes metal bought for stockpiling, will grow 6.3 percent in 2012.