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METALS-Copper buoyed by sagging dollar and U.S. stimulus hopes

· 02/05/2021 07:12
METALS-Copper buoyed by sagging dollar and U.S. stimulus hopes

Updates with official prices

By Zandi Shabalala

- Copper prices rose on Friday, boosted by a weak dollar and hopes for better metals demand due to improved vaccine rollout and as the U.S. stimulus looked set to be approved.

Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange (LME) CMCU3 rose 1.9% to $7,970 a tonne by 1740 GMT. The metal, used in the power and construction industries, is on course for a weekly gain of about 1%.

"Market sentiment has remained bullish but cautious this week," said ING analyst Wenyu Yao. "In the short term there is not much of a directional signal for the metals markets as we head into the Chinese New Year and businesses wind down."

Global shares neared record highs as U.S. President Joe Biden's drive to enact the $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill gained momentum after the U.S. Senate passed the budget plan. nL1N2KB0UF


INVENTORIES: Global stocks of copper are at their lowest since 2008 despite the approaching Chinese New Year, when inventories usually build because of lower demand, broker Marex Spectron said in a note.

Total inventories of copper in LME-registered warehouses are at 76,550 tonnes, less than half of October's levels. MCUSTX-TOTAL

SPREADS: The premium for LME cash copper over the three-month contract CMCU0-3 jumped to $14.50 a tonne, signalling tight nearby supply.

The amount of cancelled inventory -- stock earmarked for delivery -- was high at 31% and fuelled concerns over tight LME copper.

DOLLAR: The dollar .DXY retreated after the U.S. jobs report suggested that some traders may have over-egged a stronger American recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. A weaker dollar makes commodities it is priced in cheaper for holders of currencies. FRX/

CHINA STOCKS: Metal held in warehouses monitored by the Shanghai Futures Exchange (ShFE) has increased ahead of the Chinese New Year.

Zinc stocks ZN-STX-SGH jumped 34.9% week on week to 60,361 tonnes while ShFE tin inventories SSN-TOTAL-W rose 18.4% and ShFE aluminium stockpiles AL-STX-SGH increased by 10.2%. nAZN00V14S

OTHER PRICES: LME aluminium CMAL3 gained 1.3% to $2,019 a tonne, zinc CMZN3 added 2% to $2,680, lead CMPB3 firmed by 0.5% to $2,055, tin CMSN3 added 1.1% to $23,085 and nickel CMNI3 was up 2.7% at $18,115.


(Reporting by Zandi Shabalala; additional reporting by Mai Nguyen in Hanoi; editing by Jason Neely and Elaine Hardcastle)

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