Lead prices on the Shanghai Futures Exchange outperformed during Asian morning trading on Tuesday, tracking the strong performance of the London Metal Exchange’s three-month lead price on Monday. The other SHFE base metals, with the exception of copper and nickel, were weaker.

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LME snapshot at 02.37am London time
Latest three-month LME Prices
  Price ($ per tonne) Change since yesterday's close ($)
Copper 6,885 6
Aluminium 2,269.50 -10.5
Lead 2,418.50 8.5
Zinc 3,083.50 -20.5
Tin 20,740 40
Nickel 14,675 0

SHFE snapshot at 10.37am Shanghai time
Most-traded SHFE contracts
  Price (yuan per tonne) Change since yesterday's close (yuan)
Copper (June) 51,470 100
Aluminium (June) 14,745 -20
Zinc (June) 23,835 -120
Lead (June) 20,210 385
Tin  (July) 146,090 -130
Nickel  (September) 108,870 20

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