November 19, 2018 / 2:18 AM / a month ago

METALS-Copper prices up for 5th session on tight supply, trade hopes

SINGAPORE, Nov 19 (Reuters) - London copper prices rose on Monday, supported by tight supply and after U.S. President Donald Trump said he may not impose more tariffs on Chinese goods.

Trump made the comment after Beijing sent a list of measures it was willing to take to resolve trade tensions, although he added it was unacceptable that some major items were omitted from the list.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange had risen 0.4 percent to $6,229 a tonne by 0153 GMT, while the most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange was up 0.4 percent at 49,780 yuan ($7,175.91) a tonne.

* Headline copper inventories in LME-registered warehouses MCUSTX-TOTAL fell by 5,425 tonnes to 161,025 tonnes, nearing last month’s 10-year low of 136,675 tonnes.

* The premium of cash copper over the three-month contract MCU0-3, which has drifted from a near four-year high of $47 last month to $18.50 but is still far above recent norms.

* Trade tensions were clearly on display at an APEC meeting in Papua New Guinea over the weekend, where leaders failed to agree on a communique for the first time ever.

* Federal Reserve policymakers on Friday signalled further interest rate increases ahead, even as they raised relatively muted concerns over a potential global slowdown.

* Canadian miner Lundin said it was cutting 106 jobs at its Candelaria copper mine in Chile to “improve competitiveness and productivity”, amid reports that workers had begun a 48-hour strike.

* Barrick Gold Corp, soon to become the world’s largest bullion miner, is interested in adding more copper assets as long as the red metal is accompanied by bullion, executives said on Friday.

* India’s Vedanta Ltd has been selling copper concentrate on the spot market from stockpiles at its Sterlite smelter, disposing of around 70,000 tonnes of copper concentrate unused since the plant closed earlier this year amid pollution concerns.

* The Philippines’ environment ministry said nine suspended mines will be allowed to resume operations if they rectify previous violations of environmental regulations, a move that could boost nickel output in the major supplier of the metal.

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MARKETS NEWS

* Asian shares inched cautiously higher on Monday, while the new-found air of concern on the global outlook at the Federal Reserve undermined the dollar.

DATA AHEAD (GMT)

0900 Euro zone Current account Sep

1000 Euro zone Construction output Sep

1500 U.S. NAHB housing market index Nov

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 = 6.9371 Chinese yuan)

Reporting by Mai Nguyen Editing by Joseph Radford

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