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London copper rebounds as Evergrande worries fade

London copper prices advanced on Wednesday, driven by easing default fears around property giant China Evergrande 3333.HK after its main unit said it would to pay some bond interest due later this week.

Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange CMCU3 rose 3.1% to $9,255 a tonne by 0524 GMT, reversing losses from the previous session when the contract went as low as $8,810 a tonne, its weakest since Aug. 19.

Risk sentiment was also supported by the People’s Bank of China injecting more liquidity into the market to replace certain expiring loans.

“LME overshot to the downside. It’s possible that PBOC has some (more) liquidity injections planned that the market is expecting,” said a Singapore-based metals trader.

“More liquidity given to banks by central bank, so they can continue to roll existing loans and not be too pressured by the potential haircut they’re planning on wealth management products by Evergrande, and the bad loans,” the trader said.

The most-traded October copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange SCFcv1 fell 0.7% to 68,940 yuan ($10,658.79) a tonne, catching up with losses in London over the previous two sessions when the Chinese markets were closed for a public holiday.

Evergrande unit Hengda Real Estate Group said it would make a bond interest payment on Sept. 23 after private negotiations with bondholders, cheering global markets roiled this week by a looming debt crisis at the embattled developer.

The rout had also hit the demand outlook for construction metals including copper.

Analysts downplayed the threat of Evergrande’s troubles becoming a “Lehman moment” and setting off a financial crisis.

FUNDAMENTALS

LME nickel CMNI3 rose 2% to $19,200 a tonne, zinc CMZN3 advanced 2.3% to $3,047.50 a tonne and tin CMSN3 increased 2% to $34,500 a tonne.

ShFE aluminium SAFcv1 rose 1.9% to 23,055 yuan a tonne, lead SPBcv1 fell 3% to 1422yuan a tonne while tin SSNcv1 climbed 3.9% to 269,960 yuan a tonne.

Jiaozuo Wanfang Aluminum Manufacturing Co Ltd 000612.SZ in central China’s Henan province said primary aluminium output affected by floods would resume by the middle of November.
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Mai Nguyen in Hanoi; Editing by Devika Syamnath)

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