LIVE FUTURES REPORT 24/07: Surging US Covid-19 cases pressure LME prices; copper sinks below $6,500

Three-month base metals prices on the London Metal Exchange were mostly lower at the close of trading on Friday July 24, with a continued uptrend in the numbers of Covid-19 cases in the US prompting broad risk-off sentiment across the country’s trading hours.

Disappointing US manufacturing data added further headwinds. Copper’s outright price on the LME was the biggest loser on the day, declining by 1.5% at the close to settle at $6,415 per tonne. The red metal fell from an intraday high of $6,506.50 per tonne, but improved from a daily low of $6,366 per tonne. Turnover in LME copper topped the complex at settlement, with just over 20,000 lots exchanged by the 5pm close, the most traded since July 15. Meanwhile, a continued surge in US coronavirus cases remained the key deterrent for investors, with many continuing to reduce risk exposure amid US economic uncertainty. The US’ Center for Disease Control and...

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Hassan Butt

July 24, 2020

17:44 GMT

London