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17:25 London time update
With the exception of aluminium, the base metals were in negative territory as trade started in London, breaking the rally seen so far this week as the metals run close to resistance levels. .
On a week-to-date basis, however, the complex was unanimously up at the end of trading on Thursday, with copper and nickel both up more than 5% from this week’s rally.
Update at 15: 30 Beijing time...