SHANGHAI, Nov.7 (SMM) – LME lead prices overnight opened slightly higher at USD 2,167/mt and fluctuated between USD 2,150-2,165/mt in Asian trading hours. A string of economic data overnight was mixed. The final services PMIs from France, Germany and the euro zone in October all beat forecast and German factory orders surged by a seasonally adjusted 3.3% in September. However, retail sales in the euro zone fell by a seasonally adjusted 0.6% in September, down far more than expected. During the early European and US trading session, LME lead prices climbed to USD 2,177/mt, but later reached a fresh intraday low of USD 2,150/mt as base metals prices slumped across the board. LME lead prices finally ended at USD 2,160/mt, down USD 6/mt or 0.28%. Transactions remained wary before the release of US Q3 GDP and nonfarm payrolls.
The US dollar index finished 0.29% lower to 80.48, while the COMEX silver contract for December delivery closed at USD 21.70/oz, up USD 0.095/oz.