LIVE FUTURES REPORT 12/02: Copper, nickel prices drift in lackluster LME trading; dollar strength weighs on sentiment

Both copper and nickel prices on the London Metal Exchange were subdued during morning trading on Tuesday February 12, with broad strength in the dollar index capping gains while positive trade sentiment failed to spur buying momentum.

Copper’s three-month price fell to an intraday low of $6,109 per tonne this morning, with total volumes in the metal topping the complex at 4,751 lots traded by 9:41am London time. Since surging to its highest level since October 2018 at just under $6,300 per tonne last Monday, copper’s price action has dipped around 3% despite continued stock outflows and fresh cancelations. Open interest in the red mental remains firm however, with more than 403,000 open positions. Similarly, total nickel stocks are at their lowest since 2014, and are now below the 200,000 tonne level. The metal’s three-month price has fallen by more than 7% since reaching a five-month high of $13,350 per tonne last week. According to LME data, dominant warrant holding positions have emerged across 40-49% of LME stock, tom/next and cash positions. Contributing to...

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Hassan Butt

February 12, 2019

10:31 GMT

London