Copper price down on manufacturing slowdown in China

Workers in machinery factory in China. Stock image.

The copper price slipped on Monday as worries about a manufacturing slowdown in China dominated sentiment.

Copper for delivery in September fell 0.5% on the Comex market in New York, touching $3.64 per pound ($8,025 per tonne).

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“Globally, the macro side of things is dampening sentiment. Chinese economic data is weak and confidence is low,” said Geordie Wilkes, an analyst at trading firm Sucden Financial.

“Rate cuts in China are having a negative effect because it confirms fears that China’s economy isn’t performing well.”

Also weighing on industrial metals are aggressive increases in interest rates by the US Federal Reserve.

Meanwhile, power problems in Europe and China are expected to reduce metal production and support the prices of energy-intensive aluminum and zinc.

“Copper uses a lot less power; it is more resilient,” Sucden’s Wilkes said, adding that current copper prices are too high. “The next target for us is $7,800.”

(With files from Reuters)