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London copper steadies above 4-month low on softer dollar MELBOURNE: London copper held above four-month lows on Monday as the dollar weakened following comments by a Federal Reserve official suggesting fewer US interest rate hikes were on the cards. St. Louis Fed President James Bullard has said the US economy may only need one rate hike for as long as 2-1/2 years. A weaker greenback boosts demand for commodities priced in the dollar by making it cheaper for holders of other currencies. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange rose 0.8 percent to $4,587 by 0705 GMT, after small gains on Friday. Prices are building a fragile base above $4,483.50, a four-month bottom hit on June 9, in a well-supplied market. Shanghai Futures Exchange copper climbed 0.4 percent to 35,460 yuan ($5,389) a tonne."We continue to look for a well-supplied market for the next few months so we see prices continuing to drift lower," said analyst Dan Morgan at ...

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Grain prices drop on profit-taking ahead of USDA report MELBOURNE: Soybean prices fell on Monday as worries about weather eased and traders booked profits ahead of a US government report that is expected to shed fresh light on crop conditions in the US Midwest producing region."You've seen grain prices very low, broadly speaking, because the supply outlook has been really good for a long time. You've seen some concerns recently in soy, which has spilled over into corn as well," said Phin Ziebel, agribusiness ...

Markets - Commodities - Australia

London copper holds above 4-month low on softer dollar MELBOURNE: London copper held above four-month lows on Monday as the dollar weakened following comments by a Federal Reserve official suggesting fewer U.S. interest rate hikes were on the cards.St. Louis Fed President James Bullard has said the U.S. economy may only need one rate hike for as long as 2-1/2 years. A weaker greenback boosts demand for commodities priced in the dollar by making it cheaper for holders of other currencies.Three-month copper on the ...

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London copper up as dollar stays weak, China holiday thins trade MELBOURNE: London copper rose on Thursday as the dollar stayed weak on expectations of a delayed rate hike by the Federal Reserve with a two-day holiday in China draining volumes and direction from metals.Rising production costs for copper on the back of higher energy prices are set to offer price support, while a strong pick up in China's housing starts and power sectors will most likely drive a pick up in demand in three to ...

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London copper revives from 2-week lows on solid China imports MELBOURNE: London copper climbed away from near its lowest level in a fortnight on Wednesday, as the dollar stayed weak and after China reported strong copper imports in May.China's copper imports jumped 19.4 percent from the same month a year ago to 430,000 tonnes last month, customs data showed on Wednesday."The normal seasonal slowdown in Chinese commodity imports didn't materialise in May, with most commodities recording strong growth," said analyst Daniel Hynes of ANZ in ...

Markets - Commodities - Australia

London copper revives from two-week lows as dollar softens MELBOURNE: London copper edged away from near its lowest level in fortnight on Wednesday as the dollar fell and after hefty stock builds in Asian warehouses underlined the tepid state of Chinese demand.A surge of copper into Asian warehouses has revived concerns that China is shipping out its surplus metal, ramping downward pressure on international prices. Chinese trade data out later in the day is expected to cast fresh light on demand in May.At the ...

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London copper slips from 4-week high on slow demand, but weaker dollar supports MELBOURNE: London copper fell back on Tuesday as demand slackened after prices hit four-week highs in the previous session, but a weaker dollar offered support after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said a rate hike was on the horizon but did not specify when.Yellen on Monday gave a largely upbeat assessment of the U.S. economic outlook and said interest rate hikes are coming but gave little sense of timing.The dollar was lose to four-week lows ...