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Base Metals Fall, Zinc and Nickel Trade at Multiyear Lows

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On January 12, 2016, all base metals—except lead—in the London Metal Exchange (or LME) fell to lower price levels. Tin was the biggest loser of base metals on Tuesday with a fall of 1.5%.

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Copper trading at 6.5-year low

On Tuesday, LME 3M Copper fell for the fifth consecutive day and ended the day with a loss. On January 12, 2015, copper fell 0.8% and closed the day at $4,352 per metric ton. This is the lowest day close for it since April 2009, making this a 6.5-year low. The copper in LME is in a complete downtrend since the beginning of 2016, falling 7.5%.

In COMEX, copper fell 0.68% on Tuesday. LME 3M Aluminum fell for the second consecutive trading day. On January 12, LME 3M Aluminum fell 0.68% and ended the day at $1,450 per metric ton. This is the lowest day close for it since the end of November 2015, a six-week low. Since the beginning of this year, aluminum fell 3.78%.

Zinc and nickel trading at multiyear lows

LME 3M Zinc fell 0.95% on Thursday and ended the day at $1,468 per metric ton. This is the lowest day close for zinc since July 2009, a 6.5-year low. Since the beginning of 2015, zinc fell 8.8%. LME 3M Nickel fell 0.36% on January 12 and closed the day at $8,240 per metric ton. This is the lowest day close for nickel since June 2003, a 12.5-year low.

After falling for seven consecutive trading sessions, LME 3M Lead recovered on Tuesday. Also, LME 3M Lead rose 0.37% and ended the day at $1,607 per metric ton.

The SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME) fell 2.2% on January 12. The base metal companies Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Alcoa (AA), Glencore (GLNCY), and BHP Billiton (BHP) fell 4.6%, 9%, 3.3%, and 3.5%, respectively.

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