Copper is trading at 303 cents per pound, down 0.5% on the day due to an investigation into the stockpiles of copper at port in China. There have been rumours that a number of the import orders were duplicated, which could mean oversupply.
China’s domestic manufacturing sector is in contraction territory according to the HSBC survey, and if the nation has accidentally overbought copper imports there could be further declines in the price.
Overnight, Beijing will reveal CPI and PPI figures; the consensus for which are for readings of 2.4% and -1.5% respectively. If the reports are softer than expected, copper could drop below the 300 cents per pound mark. If consumer and producer demand is high, copper could target 306 cents per pound.