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LME copper eases in step with oil SYDNEY: London copper was lower on Thursday, shedding modest overnight gains in step with weaker oil, while Shanghai copper futures ended flat, stabilised by a positive economic survey of Chinese companies. Sales, profits, and employment in China improved "a bit" during the second half of the year, the China Beige Book said in a research note distributed to clients, citing findings from its quarterly survey of 2,000 Chinese firms. It noted that wage and job growth remained stable, and export orders picked up, helping to offset weak internal demand. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was down 0.42 percent at $6,341.50 a tonne by 0741 GMT.The most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange closed flat at 45,260 yuan ($7,333) a tonne. NYMEX crude for January delivery, was 0.19 percent, or 11 cents, lower at $56.36 after settling 54 cents higher on Wednesday. The US Federal Reserve in its ...

Wheat eases, but stays near 6-month peak on Russian supply worries SYDNEY: US wheat futures fell on Thursday, edging down for the first time in six sessions, although losses were checked by persistent concerns over supply from key exporter Russia.Corn fell after firming more than 0.5 percent in the previous session, while soybeans also slipped.Chicago Board of Trade March wheat futures dipped 0.27 percent to $6.46-3/4 a bushel by 0230 GMT, after ending up 4 percent on Wednesday when prices hit a six-month top of $6.50-3/4 ...
London copper mired near 1-week lows on China worries SYDNEY: London copper slipped on Tuesday to its lowest in a week after factory growth in top metals consumer China shrank in December for the first time in seven months, further curbing investor appetite for risk. Sentiment had already been soured by sliding oil prices, undermining support for metals. Crude prices plunged further on Monday after OPEC once again said it would not cut oil output despite fears of a glut, and a UAE official ...
LME copper shrugs off oil rout; China stimulus hopes support SYDNEY: London copper was steady on Monday, holding up despite a steep drop in crude oil, on expectations that China could move to shore up its economy and on tightening supply. Brent crude futures dropped as much as 2.5 percent on Monday to a new five-year low near $60 a barrel after the International Energy Agency forecast further price falls and OPEC's chief defended the group's decision not to cut its output target."What you're seeing ...
Wheat extends gains on fund buying PARIS/SYDNEY: Chicago wheat futures extended a rally on Friday to move above the psychological $6 barrier as buying interest from investment funds outweighed signs of large global supply and uncompetitive US export prices. Corn also rose for a second day, with the benchmark contract rising above $4 to its highest in nearly five months, and soybeans edged higher to trade close to a one-month high, with strong demand encouraging investors to overlook record supply. Chicago ...
Aluminium premiums expected to hit record high in 2015 SYDNEY: Global aluminium premiums are expected to reach fresh record highs by mid-2015 on a supply deficit in the United States and Europe, a Reuters survey showed.Premiums have surged this year, more than doubling in the United States, as a revival in auto demand spurred aluminium consumption, while smelter shutdowns and use of the metal in financing deals squeezed supply.But premiums next year will rise at a slower pace as new rules reduce queues at ...
Soybean prices edge higher, but South American output caps gains SYDNEY: US soybean futures rose on Thursday, rebounding from losses of more than 1.5 percent the day before, though gains were capped by forecasts of bumper Brazilian production.Wheat slid for a third consecutive session as global supply concerns eased, while corn edged higher, drawing some support from a lower than expected US Department of Agriculture ending stock forecast.Chicago Board of Trade January soybeans climbed 0.78 percent to $10.40 a bushel, having closed down 1.62 percent ...


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