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Copper Eases on Caution Ahead of ECB Rate Decision
industry news
Jul 5,2012

SHANGHAI, July 5 (Reuters) - Copper edged down on Thursday on caution ahead of a meeting later in the session by the European Central Bank, which is expected to cut interest rates to a record low, though additional measures may be needed to support metals.

While metal prices are likely be pressured by traders cutting long positions given an uncertain global demand outlook, hopes for more stimulus by major economies such as China and Britain to combat slowing growth could put a floor on prices. 
Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange edged down 0.1 percent to $7,719.25 per tonne by 0115 GMT, after falling 1.2 percent in the prior session.

The most-active October copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange edged down 0.2 percent to 55,880 yuan ($8,800) per tonne, snapping five sessions of gains.

The European Central Bank is expected to cut interest rates later on Thursday especially after surveys showing all of Europe's biggest economies are in recession or heading there and there is little sign things will improve soon.
China's services firms grew at their slowest rate in 10 months in June, easing back from May's 19-month peak, as new order growth cooled albeit while marking 43 months of consistent expansion, a private sector survey showed on Wednesday.
In industry news, Australian junior miner CuDECO Ltd signed a joint memorandum of understanding with Swiss mining conglomerate Xstrata Copper and Chinese state-owned trader Minmetals Group for the development of multi-user rail load-out facility near Cloncurry in Queensland, Australia.

Market News
Asian shares eased on Thursday as markets awaited the European Central Bank's policy decision later in the day, while the euro was pressured by widespread expectations of a rate cut to support fragile euro zone growth. 

1100  Britain   BOE rate decision           
1145  Euro Zone ECB rate decision          
1215  U.S.      ADP Employment report for June 
1230  U.S.      Jobless claims                 
1400  U.S.      ISM Non-manufacturing data for June 
  Base metals prices at 0115 GMT
  Metal              Last       Change   Pct Move YTD pct chg
  LME Cu            7719.25     -5.75     -0.07      1.57
  SHFE CU FUT OCT2    55880       -90     -0.16      0.45
  LME Alum          1957.75      1.75     +0.09     -3.08
  SHFE AL FUT OCT2    15650        05     +0.03     -1.20
  HG COPPER SEP2     350.85     -3.15     -0.89      2.11
  LME Zinc          1892.50     -5.50     -0.29      2.57
  SHFE ZN FUT OCT2    14865        35     +0.24      0.47
  LME Nickel       16989.00     59.00     +0.35     -9.20
  LME Lead          1906.00      0.00     +0.00     -6.34
  SHFE PB FUT         14950         0     +0.00     -2.22
  LME Tin          18941.00   -209.00     -1.09     -1.35
  LME/Shanghai arb    1445
   Shanghai and COMEX contracts show most active months
   ^ LME 3-m copper in yuan, including 17 pct VAT, minus SHFE third month
 ($1 = 6.3477 Chinese yuan)


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