HANOI, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Copper prices fell on Thursday, as
a stronger dollar buoyed by stimulus hopes and higher U.S.
yields made greenback-priced metals more expensive to holders of
Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange
slipped 0.4% to $7,981 a tonne by 0328 GMT, while the
most-traded March copper contract on the Shanghai Futures
Exchange fell 0.2% to 58,720 yuan ($9,075.73) a tonne.
The dollar extended its rebound from near three-year lows
against major peers, supported by higher U.S. yields, as
President-elect Joe Biden prepared to outline his plans for
massive fiscal stimulus.
* China's copper imports fell for a third straight month in
December, official data showed, as construction and
manufacturing demand was not enough to offset the closure of an
arbitrage window that made 2020 a record year for shipments.
* China's exports grew more than expected in December,
albeit at a slower pace than the month before, as global demand
for Chinese goods remained solid, while import growth quickened.
* Global miner Rio Tinto said it had reached an
agreement with electricity provider Meridian Energy MEL.NZ to
allow its aluminium smelter in New Zealand to continue
operations until December 2024.
* LME aluminium rose 0.2% to $2,016.50 a tonne,
nickel advanced 0.3% to $17,730 a tonne while zinc
fell 0.8% to $2,752 a tonne.
* ShFE nickel rose 0.5% to 130,990 yuan a tonne,
zinc fell 1.3% to 20,530 yuan a tonne and lead
rose 1.7% to 14,855 yuan a tonne.
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* Bonds slipped, Japanese stocks jumped to a three-decade
high and other Asian equities loitered near record peaks as
investors focused on U.S. stimulus prospects and extended bets
on global recovery and growth.
0630 India WPI Inflation YY Dec
1330 US Initial Jobless Clm Weekly
($1 = 6.4700 yuan)
(Reporting by Mai Nguyen; Editing by Rashmi Aich)