Copper prices retreated below $8,200 per tonne in kerb trading
on the London Metal Exchange on Friday May 4, under pressure
after US employment data for April lagged expectations.
Non-farms payroll data showed 115,000 jobs were added in April,
down from 154,000 in the previous month. Unemployment stood at
8.1%, up ten basis points from the previous month.
Copper prices came under pressure over the course of the week
as market participants anticipated a disappointing jobs number,
and positions were trimmed further ahead of the close of
trading on Friday.
Three-month copper was trading at $8,166 per tonne at 16:33
BST, having recorded an intraday low of $8,146.50 per tonne
earlier in the kerb session as the euro slid below $1.31 in the
move out of risk assets following the jobs data.
The incentive to trim LME exposure was heightened ahead of
elections in France and Greece due to be held over the weekend,
and the closure of UK markets on Monday during a public
holiday, sources said.
Just imagine that things dont go to plan in Greece
over the weekend, and youve got to spend all of Monday
watching the markets roil while the LMEs closed. I
definitely wouldnt want to run a big position over this
weekend, and it doesnt look like anyone else does
either, a physical trader told Metal Bulletin.
Copper stocks in LME-listed locations stood at 230,625 tonnes,
down by 4,575 tonnes.
Three-month aluminium traded at $2,073 per tonne at 16:44 BST,
down from an opening price of $2,088 per tonne.
Aluminium stocks in LME-listed warehouses stood at 4,990,075
tonnes, down by 14,125 tonnes after deliveries out of several
stores including Detroit and Vlissingen.
Three-month zinc was trading at $1,997 per tonne at 16:47 BST,
up $3 on its opening price.
LME zinc stocks totalled 925,550 tonnes, down by 1,525 tonnes
from a day earlier.