LIVE FUTURES REPORT 20/08: LME base metals prices rise amid weaker dollar; zinc, lead consolidate lower

Base metals prices on the London Metal Exchange were mostly higher at the close of trading on Monday August 20, boosted by growing optimism over US-Sino trade relations amid a slight retreat in the dollar index.

The United States and China will re-engage trade discussions for the first time since June, with Beijing set to send a nine-member delegation to the US later this week. Asian equity markets surged as a result.

Topping gains, aluminium’s three-month price climbed 1.2% over the afternoon, finding support above $2,050 per tonne while ongoing uncertainty surrounding tariff-resolution keeps the market steady.

Total volume levels traded over the day topped the complex, with 15,700 lots of aluminium traded by the close.

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Hassan Butt

August 20, 2018

18:04 GMT

London