* Industrial metals tumble on fears rally was overstretched
* Oil slides, equities stall as risk appetite wanes
* GRAPHIC-2016 metal returns: tmsnrt.rs/2eqHKkL
(Updates with closing prices)
By Jan Harvey
LONDON, Nov 29 Lead and zinc fell more than 6
percent on Tuesday from the previous day's multi-year peaks, as
sliding oil prices and perceptions that a post-U.S. election
rally had become overstretched prompted selling.
Industrial metals surged earlier this month on speculation
that U.S. president-elect Donald Trump's pledge to lift
infrastructure spending could boost demand, but the sharpness of
their run higher has left markets vulnerable to correction.
Lead and zinc in particular rallied on Monday, but struggled
to maintain gains in the face a more than 4 drop in oil prices,
which tempered appetite for assets seen as higher risk, such as
London Metal Exchange lead closed down 6.7 percent
at $2,354 a tonne, its biggest one-day drop in more than five
years, while zinc ended the day down 6.6 percent at
$2,710, its biggest daily fall since Nov. 2010.
"Today we're seeing some risk-off mood -- just look at oil
prices," Commerzbank analyst Daniel Briesemann said. "(So) we're
seeing some profit taking after the sharp price rises."
"Yesterday zinc marked a nine-year high, and lead rose to
its highest level in more than five years," he said. "The move
was too fast and too furious, and there is still correction
Lead is still up 14 percent this month, its biggest monthly
rise since April last year. With few signs of a change in its
usage profile and little evidence of tightening supply, its rise
has raised concerns that it has been caught up in a speculative
wave sweeping across commodities.
The International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) recently
forecast a modest 2.8 percent rise in global demand for refined
lead this year.
Copper closed down 3 percent at $5,705 a tonne,
having touched its highest since June 2015 at $6,045.50 on
"We get the impression that the price move as of late,
especially in copper, was a bit exaggerated," Julius Baer's head
of commodities research Norbert Ruecker said.
"We have a cautious view, especially because of the
expectations that were built into prices on president-elect
Trump's infrastructure stimulus."
Even a big increase in U.S. infrastructure spending would do
little to lift overall demand, Ruecker said, while supply
"The ramp-up that we've seen so far this year on the
production side ... was the predominant topic for the market
ahead of the election," he said. "That theme should not have
Nickel also fell more than 5 percent to a low of
$10,995 a tonne, and ended the day down 4.7 percent at $11,085.
Aluminium closed 1.5 percent lower at $1,721, while
tin closed down 2.3 percent at $20,575.
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(Additional reporting by James Regan in Sydney; Editing by Jane
Merriman and David Evans)