November 28, 2018 / 4:28 AM / 19 days ago

METALS-Copper rises after 3-day slide, trade uncertainty curbs gains

(Recasts throughout, updates prices)

By Mai Nguyen

Nov 28 (Reuters) - Copper edged higher on Wednesday after declining for three straight sessions, while other industrial metals moved in tight ranges amid uncertainty over the direction of the U.S.-China trade war.

U.S. President Donald Trump is open to reaching a deal on trade this weekend with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, but is ready to hike tariffs on Chinese goods if there is no breakthrough, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday.

China is hoping for a deal to ease a damaging trade war with the United States, Beijing’s ambassador to Washington said on Tuesday, while warning of dire consequences if U.S. hard-liners try to separate the world’s two largest economies.

“The sell-off that we saw yesterday and late last week was probably a bit overdone considering what I think is priced into the metal markets regarding this issue in the past month or two,” said ANZ senior commodity strategist Daniel Hynes.

Hynes said there could be some opportunistic buying at the moment while the market would remain cautious until there is more clarity on a potential deal following Trump-Xi’s scheduled talks later this week at the G20 summit in Argentina.

COPPER: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange rose 0.5 percent to $6,154.50 a tonne by 0710 GMT, while the copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange closed up 0.4 percent at 49,280 yuan ($7,086.98) a tonne.

ALUMINIUM: London copper lost 0.2 percent to $1,927 a tonne, while Shanghai copper closed down 0.7 percent at 13,675 yuan, hovering around a two-year low.

U.S. DOLLAR: The greenback held near two-week highs after a senior Federal Reserve official reaffirmed the need for further rate increases and as investors sought shelter in the currency thanks to simmering Sino-U.S. trade tensions.

LME: A group of traders is in talks with Sigma Broking Ltd to create the first new open-outcry member of the LME in more than a decade in a move that would be fresh blood for the LME ring, which has steadily lost members over the years.

NICKEL: LME nickel rebounded 0.6 percent from a 13-month low, while Shanghai nickel closed up 0.5 percent. Steel-linked metals nickel and zinc have been pounded by expectations of weak demand from top consumer China.

NORILSK NICKEL: Russian businessman Vladimir Potanin plans to appeal a London court decision to block him from buying shares in mining company Norilsk Nickel from fellow investor Roman Abramovich, representatives at Potanin’s investment firm said on Tuesday.

PRICES

Three month LME copper

Most active ShFE copper

Three month LME aluminium

Most active ShFE aluminium

Three month LME zinc

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

ARBS ($1 = 6.9536 Chinese yuan)

Reporting by Mai Nguyen; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu

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