Investing.com - " Copper futures edged higher on Monday, after
upbeat Chinese factory output data boosted future demand
expectations from the world's largest copper consumer.
The Asian nation is the world's largest copper consumer, accounting
for almost 40% of world consumption last year.
On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, copper
futures for December delivery traded at USD3.263 a pound during
European morning trade, up 0.3%.
Copper prices traded in a range between USD3.257 a pound, the
session low and a daily high of USD3.276 a pound.
The December contract settled 0.17% higher on Friday to end at
USD3.254 a pound.
Copper prices were likely to find support at USD3.222 a pound, the
low from November 6 and resistance at USD3.308 a pound, the high
from November 4.
Copper futures were boosted after data released over the weekend
showed that Chinese industrial output rose more-than-forecast in
October, while consumer price inflation inched up modestly.
Industrial production rose 10.3% last month, beating expectations
for a 10.0% increase, while CPI inched up to 3.2% from 3.1% in
Market players now looked ahead to the outcome of a four-day
meeting of China's top Communist Party officials on Tuesday, amid
expectations that the country's new government will unveil economic
Gains were limited amid speculation the Federal Reserve will begin
tapering its asset purchase program at its December policy meeting.
The Fed's stimulus program is viewed by many investors as a key
driver in boosting the price of commodities as it tends to depress
the value of the dollar.
Elsewhere on the Comex, gold for December delivery shed 0.25% to
trade at USD1,281.30 a troy ounce, while silver for December
delivery was little changed to trade at USD21.32 a troy ounce.
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