May 13, 2019 / 1:53 AM / 5 months ago

METALS-Copper prices drop amid U.S.-China trade deadlock

SINGAPORE, May 13 (Reuters) - Copper prices fell on Monday, pressured by concerns over the outlook for the global economy as Washington and Beijing appeared at a deadlock in talks to end a bitter trade war.

The trade conflict between the world's top two economies escalated on Friday, with the United States hiking tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods after President Donald Trump said Beijing "broke the deal" by reneging on earlier commitments made during months of negotiations.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told the "Fox News Sunday" programme that the sticking point was China's reluctance to put into law changes that had been agreed upon, while Beijing remained defiant.


* Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange had fallen 0.3% to $6,107 a tonne by 0124 GMT, while the most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange was almost unchanged at 47,750 yuan ($6,999.72) a tonne.

* Copper prices would be 5% to 15% higher without the U.S.-China trade war, the chairman for Chile's Antofagasta Plc told a Chilean newspaper on Sunday.

* London aluminium fell 0.5%, nickel was down 0.5% and zinc eased 0.1%. Shanghai aluminium rose 0.9% and nickel increased 0.3%, while zinc fell 0.3% and lead decreased 0.9%.

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* U.S. stock futures fell and Asian shares slipped in early trade on the growing uncertainty over whether the United States and China would be able to reach a deal on trade.


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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

ARBS ($1 = 6.8217 Chinese yuan renminbi)

Reporting by Mai Nguyen; Editing by Joseph Radford

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