The copper price fell on Tuesday due to worries about the omicron coronavirus variant and its impact on demand and growth.
Copper for delivery in March was down 1.3% on the Comex market in New York, touching $4.28 per pound ($9,416 per tonne).
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“While the severity of the new variant remains a big uncertainty, it casts a shadow over demand growth in the near future and further complicates the supply chain,” said ING analyst Wenyu Yao.
The World Health Organisation warned that deciding the severity level of the omicron variant could take “days to several weeks” in the absence of information that its symptoms differed from those of other variants.
Drugmaker Moderna’s chief said on Tuesday that existing covid-19 vaccines would be less effective against the Omicron variant than they have been against the Delta variant, Al Jazeera reported.
China’s factory activity, however, picked up in November, growing for the first time in three months as raw material prices fell and power rationing abated.
(With files from Reuters)