September 18, 2017 / 1:08 AM / 2 years ago

METALS-Copper struggles near 1-month low on China's demand concerns

SINGAPORE, Sept 18 (Reuters) - London copper was little changed on Monday, trading near last week’s one-month low, while prices in Shanghai slid for a fourth consecutive session on concerns over slowing growth in top consumer China.


* Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange fell $2 to $6,505 a tonne by 0049 GMT after dropping on Thursday to $6,452.50 a tonne, the weakest since August 18.

* The most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange slid to 49,860 yuan a tonne, the lowest since August 11.

* China posted disappointing data last Thursday — including its slowest growth in investment in nearly 18 years — suggesting the world’s second-largest economy is finally starting to lose some momentum as borrowing costs rise.

* Still, analysts expected demand for metals in China to remain strong.

* China’s non-ferrous metal output fell to a one-year low in August, in a sign that Beijing’s environmental crackdown is curbing supplies of base metals, with aluminium also hit by efforts to rein in output.

* North Korea’s nuclear threat looms large this week over the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York, where diplomats are eager to hear U.S. President Donald Trump address the 193-member body for the first time.

* Inventories in LME-registered warehouses registered their biggest weekly inflow since May, rising 67,600 tonnes to 276,025 tonnes and putting pressure on prices. MCUSTX-TOTAL

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* Asian shares crept ahead and the dollar firmed on Monday in a cautious start to a week in which the U.S. Federal Reserve is likely to wrestle with its bloated balance sheet as part of a long reversal of super-cheap money worldwide.

DATA AHEAD (GMT) 0130 China House prices Aug 0900 Euro zone Inflation final Aug 1400 U.S. NAHB housing market index Sep


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

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Reporting by Naveen Thukral; Editing by Michael Perry

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