The most-traded April copper contract on the SHFE fell to 51,650 yuan ($8,174) per tonne as of 10.23 am Shanghai time, down by 470 yuan or 0.9% from the previous day’s close.
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BHP will ramp up its Olympic Dam copper smelter in South Australia to full capacity in the first quarter of this year after completing a A$350-million ($273 million) upgrade, the company said on Friday.
Chinese export volumes of unwrought aluminium and aluminium products rose for a third consecutive month and increased by 14.3% on an annual basis in January, according to preliminary Chinese customs data released on Thursday.
Copper prices have fallen to their weakest point since mid-December after volatility returned to the equity market, although the commodities arena is not completely reflecting the chaos emerging in the two major equity indices.
Copper and brass scrap spreads and prices maintained a steady footing in the United States despite a 10.8-cent per lb drop in Comex copper prices over the past week, with market participants temporarily stepping to the sidelines seeking clarity.
Attorneys representing the US have commenced a forfeiture action on aluminium pallets seized from warehouses operated by Perfectus Aluminum Inc, claiming the nearly 300,000 pallets seized are part of a long-alleged transshipment scheme by China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd.