London Copper Eases, China Exports Data Fans Demand Concerns

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London copper prices fell on Monday, as lowerthanexpected Chinese exports data sparked concerns of weakening demand for the red metal, which is often considered a bellwether of the global economy due to its wide industrial uses.

Threemonth copper on the London Metal Exchange was down 0.5 at 9,903 a tonne, as of 0725 GMT, while the mosttraded July copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange closed up 0.4 at 71,390 yuan 11,155.73 a tonne, tracking gains in London made in the previous session.

Chinas exports in May grew 27.9 onyear, but slower than the 32.3 growth in April, and missing analysts forecast of 32.1, with an economist attributing a COVID19 outbreak in manufacturing hub Guangdong that slowed down activities at its ports to the fall in shipments.

The only news that came out since the dip is the China export data, said a Singaporebased metals trader.

Fridays rebound had already run its course, so theres a need to retrace lower first before it price can go up. The mediumlong term view is still bullish due to a weaker U.S. dollar, the trader added, referring to a 1.7 gain in London on Friday.

FUNDAMENTALS

ShFE aluminium advanced 0.7 to 18,435 yuan a tonne, nickel fell 1.1 to 129,530 yuan a tonne, tin rose 0.4 to 203,420 yuan a tonne, while lead was down 1 at 14,945 yuan a tonne.

LME nickel shed 1.6 to 17,730 a tonne while zinc declined 0.9 to 2,983 a tonne.

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