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London Metal Exchange three-month base metals prices were mainly weaker this morning, with the exception of nickel, which was up 0.1% at $16,750 per tonne. The rest of the base metals complex was down by an average of 1.2%, led by a 2.3% fall in aluminium to $2,325.50 per tonne, while copper was down the least with a 0.7% fall to $9,828 per tonne.
Volumes have been high, however, with 13,606 lots...