July 12, 2019 / 2:08 AM / 2 months ago

METALS-Base metals range-bound in cautious trade; all eyes on China data

SINGAPORE, July 12 (Reuters) - Industrial metals traded in tight ranges on Friday, as investors exercised caution ahead of a key set of data from top metal player China later in the session.

China is due to release its trade data for the month of June later on Friday, including imports and exports figures of key metals. China is the world’s biggest copper consumer and a key user or producer of the majority of the main base metals.

Prices on Friday were also pressured by a steady U.S. dollar , after stronger-than-expected U.S. inflation data tempered the prospect of an aggressive Federal Reserve interest rate cut later this month.

A stronger dollar makes greenback-prices metals more expensive for buyers using other currencies.

FUNDAMENTALS

* PRICES: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was almost unchanged at $5,956 a tonne by 0151 GMT, while aluminium fell 0.4%, nickel decreased 0.3% and lead declined 0.7%.

* SHANGHAI: The most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange rose 0.3% to 46,680 yuan ($6,794.17) a tonne, while aluminium fell 0.8%, nickel advanced 0.5% and zinc fell 0.4%.

* TRADE WAR: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that China was not living up to promises it made on buying agricultural products from American farmers as the world’s two largest economies work to resolve a trade dispute.

* TIN: The tin market is under greater pressure from an economic slowdown and falling demand than supply issues, where lower production from countries such as Myanmar is likely to be offset by a new project in central Africa.

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MARKETS NEWS

* Asian shares pulled back as worries over renewed Sino-U.S. trade tensions weighed on sentiment ahead of the release of June trade data from China, though expectations of a Federal Reserve rate cut later this month kept losses in check.

DATA/EVENTS (GMT)

0700 China Exports YY June

0700 China Imports YY June

0700 China Trade Balance USD June

1200 India Industrial Output YY May

1200 France Reserve Assets Total June

— China total Social Financing June

— China M2 Money Supply YY June

— China New Yuan Loans June

PRICES

Three month LME copper

Most active ShFE copper

Three month LME aluminium

Most active ShFE aluminium

Three month LME zinc

Most active ShFE zinc

Three month LME lead

Most active ShFE lead

Three month LME nickel

Most active ShFE nickel

Three month LME tin

Most active ShFE tin

ARBS ($1 = 6.8706 Chinese yuan renminbi)

Reporting by Mai Nguyen; Editing by Rashmi Aich

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