* Resumption of Indonesian exports weighs on nickel
* Expectations grow for Philippines' output to resume
* Metals complex recovers after U.S. manufacturing data
* LME/ShFE arb: tmsnrt.rs/2oQ5nm2
(Updates with closing prices)
By Jan Harvey
LONDON, June 1 Nickel fell to an 11-month low on
Thursday as a resumption in exports from Indonesia and the
prospect of a recovery in output from the Philippines stoked
concerns about oversupply.
Nickel prices fell for a third straight month in May and hit
their lowest since June last year on Thursday at $8,810 a tonne.
They have fallen 12 percent this year, the biggest drop among
major base metals.
"We saw the nickel ore export ban lifted in Indonesia, so
we've seen Antam, for example, start exporting nickel ore to
China," ING commodities strategist Warren Patterson said.
"The other potential big change going forward is the change
in the environmental secretary in the Philippines. Market
expectations are that we could see some sort of relaxation in
policy. So where we saw 21 mines shut or suspended, we could see
some of them coming back online."
Nickel was also caught up in broader negative sentiment
after a survey showed China's manufacturing activity contracted
unexpectedly in May as demand weakened and falling factory
prices dented profits. However, copper recovered lost ground
after upbeat U.S. manufacturing data.
* LME NICKEL: Three-month nickel on the London Metal
Exchange closed at $8,840 a tonne, down 1.4 percent.
* PHILIPPINES: President Rodrigo Duterte appointed a former
army general as environment minister after Congress dismissed
his first choice, who had ordered the closure of more than half
of the mines in the world's top nickel ore supplier.
* INDONESIA: The relaxation in January of Indonesia's ban on
exporting unprocessed nickel ore, which has been in place since
the start of 2014, has added to concerns about rising supply.
* NICKEL STOCKS: Nickel inventories at LME warehouses
MNI-STOCKS remain at elevated levels even though they were
well below their 2015 peak. At more than 378,000 tonnes, stocks
are equivalent almost 20 percent of global consumption,
estimated at nearly 2 million tonnes this year.
* LME COPPER: Three-month LME copper ended the day
up 0.3 percent at $5,699 a tonne.
* TECHNICALS: A break of resistance at $5,690 a tonne for
LME copper could lead to an increase to $5,725, Reuters
technical analyst Wang Tao said.
* BHP COPPER: BHP Billiton said on Thursday
it had lifted a declaration of force majeure at its Escondida
copper mine in Chile.
* OTHER METALS: LME aluminium closed down 0.1
percent at $1,927 a tonne, while tin finished 0.6
percent higher at $20,450. Zinc ended the day down 1.2
percent at $2,570, and lead 0.4 percent lower at $2,110.
(Additional reporting by James Regan in Sydney; editing by
David Goodman, David Clarke and Pritha Sarkar)