Stronger United States dollar drives copper prices to their lowest in five weeks


Copper prices in London hit the lowest in five weeks on Friday, under pressure from a stronger United States (US) dollar.

This was also as a result of stronger-than-expected US employment data and mixed trade numbers from top metals consumer China, according to a daily market report published by Access Bank Zambia.

“Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was 3.7 percent lower at US$9,773.50 per metric tonne, after breaking below the 50-day moving average at US$9,860 to touch its lowest since May 2 at US$9,755,” the report indicated.

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Meanwhile, oil prices edged up on Monday, aided by hopes of rising fuel demand this summer despite being weighed down by a firmer US dollar, as expectations of interest rate cuts were pushed out further following strong U.S. jobs data.

Brent crude futures gained 28 cents, or 0.4 percent, to US$79.90 a barrel and US West Texas Intermediate crude futures was up 0.3 percent, or 26 cents, at US$75.79 a barrel.

Gold prices held steady on Monday after a sharp sell-off in the previous session on stronger-than expected US jobs data, with investors awaiting the Federal Reserve policy meeting this week for further direction.

Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at US$2,295.29 per ounce. US gold futures fell 0.5 percent to US$2,312.20.

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