Shanghai copper fell on Tuesday to its lowest in nearly a month, as a surge in coronavirus cases threatened the outlook for a global economic recovery.
The most-traded August copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange fell as much as 2.3% to 67,400 yuan ($10,390.81) a tonne, its lowest since June 23.
Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange rose 0.6% to $9,277 a tonne by 0607 GMT, rebounding from a 2.2% drop in the previous session to a four-week low.
Sentiment for copper, often used as a gauge of global economic health, was hit by worries that rising cases of the highly contagious Delta variant around the world could slow a nascent economic recovery.
“It’s risk-off from US selling and equities melting down. Recovery is fragile as it’s now threatened by the Delta variant spreading across the world and now going mainstream in the United States,” said a Singapore-based metals trader.
* LME aluminum rose 0.5% to $2,436.50 a tonne, zinc declined 0.1% to $2,974 a tonne and nickel was up 0.2% to $18,500 a tonne.
* ShFE nickel dropped 2.8% to 138,590 yuan a tonne, tin shed 1.4% to 228,770 yuan a tonne, aluminum declined 1.6% to 19,060 yuan a tonne and lead slipped 1.6% to 15,580 yuan a tonne.
* The London Metal Exchange launched six new cash-settled futures contracts on Monday, including for aluminum scrap.
* Yangshan copper premium
* An aluminum alloy unit of Dengfeng Power Group Co Ltd in China’s central Henan province exploded as flooding water entered the plant, the local government said.
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($1 = 6.4865 yuan) (Reporting by Mai Nguyen in Hanoi; Editing by Rashmi Aich and Subhranshu Sahu)