MELBOURNE Nov 28 London Metal Exchange zinc
surged to its highest in nine years on Monday and lead
hit a five-year peak as a searing rally in metals gained steam
on a softer dollar and inflation expectations that pushed
investors into commodities.
* LME zinc surged by more than 5 percent to $2,970 a
tonne, which was its highest since October 2007.
* Sister metal LME lead surged more than 6 percent,
matching Friday's gains and its highest level in more than five
* Gains in copper were more muted, with the LME copper
contract up 0.4 percent at $5,905 a tonne by 0021 GMT,
after closing little changed in the previous session.
* In Shanghai, zinc and lead surged as
much as 7 percent while ShFE copper eased 0.2 percent
to 48,140 yuan ($6,959) a tonne in volatile trade.
* Investors have ploughed into metals on signs that a global
recovery is gaining steam, improving the demand outlook for
metals, and also as they price in more rate hikes next year.
Hard assets are an attractive hedge against inflation because
they tend to hold their value as interest rates rise, which
cools gains in other asset classes.
* Profit growth in China's industrial sector picked up in
October, aided by stronger sales and higher prices, suggesting
further strengthening of the world's second-largest economy,
although growth was skewed towards high-polluting heavy
* Current conditions point to a stabilisation of China's
yuan after a volatile recent performance against the U.S.
dollar, a central bank vice governor said on Sunday, adding that
the currency remains strong.
* Global miner Anglo American Plc halted all
activity at its Los Bronces mine in Chile after hooded
protesters seized installations on Saturday in the second
illegal occupation of the copper deposit this month, the company
* Chilean state-owned miner Codelco, the world's top copper
producer, increased output by 1.2 percent in January through
September versus a year earlier.
* Some big aluminium producers seek a premium of $95-$110
per tonne from Japanese buyers for primary metal shipments in
the January to March period, up 27-47 percent from the previous
quarter, five sources said.
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* Key stock indexes on Wall Street swept to record intraday
and closing highs on Black Friday thanks to gains in consumer
staple and technology shares, while European stocks climbed and
a stabilization in U.S. Treasury yields promoted investors to
sell the dollar.
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Three month LME copper
Most active ShFE copper
Three month LME aluminium
Most active ShFE aluminium
Three month LME zinc
Most active ShFE zinc
Three month LME lead
Most active ShFE lead
Three month LME nickel
Most active ShFE nickel
Three month LME tin
Most active ShFE tin
($1 = 6.9176 Chinese yuan renminbi)
(Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Richard Pullin)