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Copper steadies with China growth in focus LONDON: Copper prices steadied on Tuesday, boosted by optimism about demand for industrial metals from top consumer China and shrinking supplies, but further gains were capped by selling pressure as traders cashed-in on recent gains.Benchmark London Metal Exchange (LME) copper traded at $7,119.75 a tonne at 0943 GMT, bouncing off two-week lows of $7,078.25 hit earlier in the session.Investors will focus on gross domestic product data from top consumer China, due on Wednesday, with analysts polled by Reuters expecting that the economy probably steadied in the second quarter with annual growth holding firm at 7.4 percent, suggesting a recovery is taking hold."It is clear that credit conditions in China are beginning to ease and this has been supportive for base metals," said Nic Brown, head of commodities research at Natixis."There is a positive confirmation of what we knew already, that stimulus measures are feeding through to the economy."The metal used ...

Gold edges up, still near 4-week low ahead of Yellen, US data LONDON: Gold rose on Tuesday as European equities moved lower, but was still trading near its lowest level in almost four weeks ahead of the Federal Reserve's Chair testimony to U.S. Congress that should give more clues about the timing of an interest rate hike.Spot gold was up 0.4 percent at $1,311.90 an ounce by 1021 GMT, after falling more than 2 percent, its biggest daily drop since December, on Monday, when it touched its ...
Arabica coffee falls towards 5-month low, sugar steady LONDON: Arabica coffee futures slipped towards a five-month low on Tuesday, as concerns subsided over the extent of damage to Brazil's crop following drought conditions earlier this year.Sugar prices were capped by the brisk progress of Brazil's harvest, adding to already ample world stocks, while cocoa held firm.Benchmark September arabica futures on ICE were down 2.35 cents, or 1.4 percent, at $1.62 per lb at 1016 GMT.Concern over drought damage to top grower Brazil's crop ...
Gold slides from 3-1/2 month high as stocks climb LONDON: Gold prices slid more than 1 percent on Monday as a rally in stock markets prompted investors to cash in gains after last week's rise to 3-1/2 month highs and as concerns over the euro zone periphery faded.Spot gold was down 1.2 percent at $1,321.40 an ounce at 0949 GMT, on track for its biggest one-day loss in nearly seven weeks. U.S. gold futures for August delivery were down $15.20 an ounce at $1,322.20.The ...
Gold shines as investors seek shelter; oil drops again LONDON: Gold prices zoomed this week to a four-month peak as investors sought shelter from weak eurozone data and fears of contagion from a bank's problems in Portugal, dealers said.The oil market however sank for the third successive week, pressured by easing supply tensions in Libya and Iraq, they added.PRECIOUS METALS: Gold rallied on sliding European equities, weak eurozone industrial output data and news of a brewing bank crisis in Portugal.The safe-haven investment hit $1,345.46 ...
Gold steadies near 3-1/2-month high, set for 6th weekly gain LONDON: Gold steadied near 3-1/2-month highs on Friday as stock markets recovered from the selloff seen in the previous session on concerns over the health of Portugal's biggest bank, with the metal still on track for a sixth week of gains. European shares recovered following Thursday's slide, taking some upward pressure off gold, but investors remained cautious as Banco Espirito Santo attempted to reassure the market after trading in its shares was suspended.Concerns over the ...
Copper eases on rising inventory LONDON: Copper dipped on Friday as investors eyed rising warehouse stocks and reassessed whether a metal trading near 4-1/2 month highs was likely to extend gains, especially as it is due to move into surplus at some point this year. Copper inventories in Shanghai Futures Exchange warehouses rose 3.8 percent from last Friday to 84,453 tonnes, their highest in about a month, data out earlier showed. London Metal Exchange copper stocks rose 375 tonnes to ...


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