January 2, 2019 / 7:26 AM / 8 months ago

METALS-Copper loses more ground on China's economic growth worries

 (Updates with Shanghai close)
    SINGAPORE, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Copper slid for a second
session on Wednesday as the market kicked off 2019 trading amid
concerns over growth in top metals consumer China as the latest
data showed slowing factory activity.
    Asian shares turned tail on the first trading day of the new
year as more disappointing economic data from China darkened the
mood and upended U.S. stock futures.             
    COPPER: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange
        was down 0.3 percent at $5,947 a tonne by 0717 GMT, and
the most-traded contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange
         closed down 1 percent at 47,680 yuan ($6,953.58) a
    FACTORY ACTIVITY: China's factory activity contracted for
the first time in 19 months in December as domestic and export
orders continued to weaken, a private survey showed, pointing to
a rocky start for the world's second-largest economy in 2019.
    SURVEY READINGS: The gloomy readings largely dovetailed with
an official survey on Monday, which showed growing strains on
China's manufacturing sector - a key source of jobs. The
findings reinforce views the economy is losing more steam.
    China is the world's biggest consumer of industrial metals. 
    COPPER PRODUCTION: Chile's copper production touched 540,720
tonnes in November, its highest level in 13 years, as ore grades
and efficient processing favoured increased output in the
world's top producer of the red metal, the government said on
    RUSAL: The London Metal Exchange confirmed on Monday it
would lift its suspension on aluminium produced by Russia's
Rusal if U.S. sanctions are lifted, saying a consultation with
users had not raised any objections to the plan.
    Three month LME copper                  
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    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                             
($1 = 6.8569 Chinese yuan)

 (Reporting by Naveen Thukral, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips
and Sunil Nair)
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