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Copper near 2-year high as Chinese factory output accelerates


LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Copper prices hovered near
two-year highs on Tuesday after strong manufacturing data in
China, the biggest consumer, boosted confidence in the demand
outlook.


A positive mood rippled through markets, lifting global
equities, while the yuan jumped to its strongest in 16 months
against the dollar, helping metals by making them cheaper for
Chinese buyers.

Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange (LME)
was down 0.2% at $6,783 a tonne at 0944 GMT but within striking
distance of a 26-month high of $6,830 reached on Sept. 1.

“The Chinese data show there’s still a very positive
backdrop for industrial metals and copper in particular,” said
Capital Economics analyst Kieran Clancy.

He said traders had already priced in a strong rebound in
Chinese demand, with copper up more than 50% from a low in
March, but that prices would continue to rise at a slower pace.

FACTORIES: China’s industrial output accelerated the most in
eight months in August and retail sales grew, suggesting the
economic recovery is gathering pace. U.S. industrial production data is due at 1315 GMT.

VACCINE: A Chinese official said coronavirus vaccines being
developed in China may be ready for use by the general public as
early as November, boosting confidence in the economic rebound.

INVENTORIES: On warrant copper stocks in LME-registered
warehouses rose to a three-week high of 45,950 tonnes but have
fallen from around 250,000 tonnes in May.

SPREAD: In a sign of tight nearby supply, cash copper on the
LME traded at an $18.50 premium to three-month metal.

ALUMINIUM: China’s aluminium production in August rose 2.3%
from a month earlier, setting a record high for a second month.

OTHER METALS: LME aluminium was up 0.4% at $1,807 a
tonne, zinc rose 1.5% to $2,518, nickel slipped
0.2% to $15,240, lead gained 0.4% to $1,934.50 and tin was down 0.3% at $18,100.

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