Copper slips to 3-week low

Copper slips to 3-week low

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 21:03 hrs


London copper drifted to a three-week low today as unease over China’s limp return to the market from a week-long break weighed on prices, although bargain hunting limited losses.


Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange traded down 0.14 per cent to $8,107.75 by 0707 GMT. Prices erased early gains to hit $8,099.25 a tonne earlier, the lowest since January 29.

Copper prices have built a base above $8,000 this year but have failed to find traction above $8,346 a tonne, a four-month peak hit early this month. Expectations that top consumer China will buy in size now that Lunar New Year has passed has helped keep a floor under prices.

The most-traded May copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange fell 0.7 per cent to 58,780 yuan ($9,400) a tonne. It earlier hit its lowest since January 29 at 58,700 yuan a tonne.

“I think we’ve already had the nicest rally that we’re going to get this year,” Singapore-based Credit Suisse analyst Ivan Szpakowski said.

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