METALS-Copper rises as Chile mine strike, Chinese demand lift prices

Oct 14 (Reuters) - Copper in London advanced on Wednesday, as the threat of mine supply disruptions in Chile, a top producer of the industrial metal, and stronger consumption from leading consumer China supported prices.

Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange rose 0.3% to $6,713.50 a tonne by 0346 GMT, while the most-traded November copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange fell 0.4% to 51,330 yuan ($7,615.05) a tonne.

Though the Escondida mine in Chile could continue to operate even if supervisors walked off the job, a strike could lead to production bottlenecks or slowdowns.

Canada’s Lundin Mining will talk with the Mina union at its Candelaria copper deposit to try to end a strike, while supervisors at Escondida mine and mine operator BHP will extend negotiations in an attempt to stave off a strike at the world’s largest copper deposit.

“Physical demand picked up a little month-on-month, but is still lower year-on-year. (October is) supposed to be strong, but it’s not that strong (yet),” said CRU copper analyst He Tianyu, adding that demand might gather pace again in two weeks.


* LME aluminium fell 0.2% to $1,855 a tonne and lead declined 0.3% to $1,796 a tonne while in Shanghai, aluminium rose 0.2% to 14,640 yuan a tonne and zinc dropped 1% to 19,165 yuan a tonne.

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* Asian equities slipped as risk appetite was soured by a halt in COVID-19 vaccine trials and an impasse in talks on a U.S. fiscal aid package, while the greenback held on to gains as demand firmed for safe-harbour assets.


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$1 = 6.7406 yuan Reporting by Mai Nguyen, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips