Base metals prices on the Shanghai Futures Exchange gave a varied performance during Asian morning trading on Friday, with aluminium and lead prices pushing higher, while the rest were little changed to weaker.
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but expects production to decline this year, the company said on Wednesday January 17.
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due to spotty demand in the US domestic market and more aggressive foreign offers.
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, while buyers are in wait-and-see mode amid high stocks.