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Shanghai copper near 1-month low on virus worries

Shanghai copper fell on Tuesday to its lowest in nearly a month, as a surge in coronavirus cases threatened the outlook for a global economic recovery.

The most-traded August copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange SCFcv1 fell as much as 2.3% to 67,400 yuan ($10,390.81) a tonne, its lowest since June 23.

Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange CMCU3 rose 0.6% to $9,277 a tonne by 0607 GMT, rebounding from a 2.2% drop in the previous session to a four-week low.

Sentiment for copper, often used as a gauge of global economic health, was hit by worries that rising cases of the highly contagious Delta variant around the world could slow a nascent economic recovery.

“It’s risk-off from U.S. selling and equities melting down. Recovery is fragile as it’s now threatened by the Delta variant spreading across the world and now going mainstream in the United States,” said a Singapore-based metals trader.


LME aluminium CMAL3 rose 0.5% to $2,436.50 a tonne, zinc CMZN3 declined 0.1% to $2,974 a tonne and nickel CMNI3 was up 0.2% to $18,500 a tonne.

ShFE nickel SNIcv1 dropped 2.8% to 138,590 yuan a tonne, tin SSNcv1 shed 1.4% to 228,770 yuan a tonne, aluminium SAFcv1 declined 1.6% to 19,060 yuan a tonne and lead SPBcv1 slipped 1.6% to 15,580 yuan a tonne.

The London Metal Exchange launched six new cash-settled futures contracts on Monday, including for aluminium scrap.

Yangshan copper premium SMM-CUYP-CN was last at $35.50 a tonne, hovering around its highest since May 27, indicating rising demand for imported metal into China.

An aluminium alloy unit of Dengfeng Power Group Co Ltd in China’s central Henan province exploded as flooding water entered the plant, the local government said.
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Mai Nguyen in Hanoi; Editing by Rashmi Aich and Subhranshu Sahu)

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