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Copper Declines as Data Signals a Slowdown: LME Preview

Copper fell in London amid concerns global metals demand may be waning after China’s manufacturing slipped to a seven-month low and ahead of reports that may show factory activity in the euro-area contracted and U.S. manufacturing grew at a slower pace.

Market News:

-- Asian stocks headed for their longest winning streak since March and credit risk fell as manufacturing indicators in Japan

-- Chinese manufacturing indexes slipped to seven-month lows as

-- Manufacturing probably expanded in June at the slowest pace

-- Barclays Plc Chairman Marcus Agius resigned after the bank

-- BNP Paribas SA, France’s largest bank, may narrow a 40 billion-euro ($50 billion) funding gap in Italy and Spain by

-- Derivatives traders see at least a year of pain for the euro even after the currency surged the most in eight months

Metals News:

-- The pace of U.S. auto sales probably stalled for a second straight month in June as the labor market stumbled and

-- Hedge funds lifted their bullish commodity bets for a third

Metal Prices:

-- Copper fell 0.8 percent to $7,624.75 a metric ton by 8:17
a.m. on the London Metal Exchange. Relative Strength Index 54.
-- Aluminum declined 0.3 percent to $1,906 a ton. RSI 43.
-- Zinc dropped 0.4 percent to $1,870 a ton. RSI 51.
-- Lead gained 0.2 percent to $1,865 a ton. RSI 47.
-- Nickel declined 0.1 percent to $16,712 a ton. RSI 49.
-- Tin rose 0.1 percent to $18,800 a ton. RSI 40.
Other Markets:
                     Last           % Change       % YTD
U.S. Dollar Index   81.787            0.2            2.0
Crude oil           $83.74           -1.5          -15.3
Gold                $1,591.95        -0.3            1.8
MSCI World Index    1,235            -0.1            4.4
Economic events:
                                    Forecast    Prior     Time
France Manufacturing PMI      JUN    45.3        45.3      8:50
Germany Manufacturing PMI     JUN    44.7        44.7      8:55
EC PMI Manufacturing          JUN    44.8        44.8      9:00
U.S. ISM Manufacturing        JUN    52.0        53.5     15:00


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