February 12, 2019 / 7:20 AM / a year ago

METALS-Zinc drops for 3rd session on U.S.-China trade woes, copper falls

 (Updates prices)
    By Naveen Thukral
    Feb 12 (Reuters) - London zinc fell for a third consecutive
session on Tuesday and hit its lowest in more than two weeks on
concerns over U.S.-China trade dispute and slowing global
economic growth, while copper slid for a fourth straight
    U.S. and Chinese officials expressed hopes on Monday that a
new round of talks would bring them closer to easing their
seven-month trade war, but a U.S. Navy mission through the
disputed South China Sea cast a shadow over the negotiations in
    "Base metals suffered under the rising trade tension," ANZ
said in a note. "However, a stronger U.S. dollar also impacted
investor appetite."
    ZINC: Three-month zinc on the London Metal Exchange        
was down 0.2 percent at $2,638 a tonne, as of 0706 GMT, after
falling earlier in the session to 2,626.50 a tonne, the weakest
since Jan. 25. Prices in Shanghai          dropped 1 percent to
21,620 yuan a tonne. 
    COPPER: LME copper         fell 0.2 percent to $6,135 a
tonne and Shanghai copper          lost 0.5 percent to $48,110 a
    MISSION: China expressed anger on Monday at the mission
through the disputed South China Sea after U.S. President Donald
Trump said last week that he did not plan to meet with Chinese
President Xi Jinping before a March 1 deadline for a trade deal.
    INVESTORS: Chinese investors, returning on Monday after a
week-long Lunar New Year holiday, seemed to focus more on
downbeat news rather than optimism expressed by China about the
new round of trade talks with the United States.
    CODELCO: There was further pressure on copper prices after
Chilean state miner Codelco said on Saturday it hoped to restart
operations soon at its Chuquicamata copper mine.             
    DOLLAR: The dollar held steady versus its peers on Tuesday,
hovering close to its 2019 high as U.S.-Sino trade tensions and
global growth worries underpinned the greenback's safe-haven
    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                             

 (Reporting by Naveen Thukral, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips
and Subhranshu Sahu)
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