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METALS-Copper falls on rise in Shanghai inventories, dollar
2017年6月5日 / 早上6点32分 / 2 个月内

METALS-Copper falls on rise in Shanghai inventories, dollar

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By Maytaal Angel

LONDON, June 5 (Reuters) - Copper fell on Monday, extending last month's losses, as the dollar recovered and investors eyed an increase in Shanghai inventories, while zinc tracked renewed weakness in steel markets.

Data on Friday showed copper inventories in warehouses monitored by the Shanghai Futures Exchange rose 4.9 percent on the week, marking three consecutive weeks of gains.

"We had this tightness (in Shanghai copper stocks) but it seems to have eased. More broadly there's no compelling excitement (in copper), there's consensus that second half (growth) in China is going to be slower," said Vivienne Lloyd, analyst at Macquarie.

* COPPER: Benchmark London Metal Exchange copper ended down 0.7 percent at $5,628 a tonne. Prices closed May down 1 percent, and have fallen every month this year save for January.

* DOLLAR: The dollar lifted off seven-month lows hit on Friday in reaction to a weaker-than-forecast U.S. jobs report, though the U.S. currency still looked exposed going forward, analysts say. A stronger dollar makes dollar-priced metals costlier for non-U.S. investors.

* CHINA: Activity in China's services sector expanded at the fastest pace in four months in May thanks to a surge in new orders, a private business survey showed, helping to offset worries about unexpected weakness in manufacturing. China accounts for roughly half the world's copper use.

"We see further downside potential (in the second half). However ... while refined (copper) inventories remain high and Chinese demand appears to be slowing, outages in the concentrate market have capped the downside," said Barclays in a note.

* SUPPLY DISRUPTIONS: Freeport McMoRan Inc said last month that mining and milling rates at its Grasberg copper mine in Indonesia had been affected by an extended strike.

* SPECULATORS: Hedge funds and money managers trimmed their net "long" or buy position in COMEX copper, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data showed on Friday.

* ZINC: Zinc, used to galvanise steel, closed down 1.7 percent in rings at $2,485 a tonne, having hit its lowest since mid-May earlier.

* STEEL: Shanghai rebar ended 3.9 percent lower on Monday, marking eight consecutive days of falls, with traders brushing aside news of a new campaign to cut steel capacity in Tangshan.

* OTHER METALS: Nickel ended down 0.1 percent at $8,915, aluminium ended down 1.5 percent at $1,903, lead closed down 0.3 percent at $2,102 while tin ended down 0.8 percent at $20,145.

($1 = 6.8030 Chinese yuan renminbi)

Additional reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by David Evans and Adrian Croft

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