London copper prices fell on Tuesday as a revenue warning by Apple Inc highlighted the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on economic activity in China, the world’s top consumer of the red metal.

Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange (LME) was down 0.3% at $5,797 a tonne by 0252 GMT.

Apple Inc on Monday became the latest company to flag lower revenue as a result of the epidemic, which has claimed more than 1,800 lives in mainland China and infected about 72,500 people.

The number of new infections in the world’s second-largest economy fell below 2,000 for the first time since January on Tuesday, but experts said the outbreak has not been contained.

Nickel declined 1% to $12,975 a tonne, zinc dipped 0.6% to $2,610 a tonne, lead declined 0.3% to $1,867.50 while aluminum advanced 0.2% to $1,725 a tonne.

FUNDAMENTALS

* COPPER: Yangshan copper premium rose to a three-month high of $60 a tonne, data by Shanghai Metals Market showed.

* BHP: BHP Group, BHPB.L will be looking to expand in copper and nickel to position itself well in a world that is decarbonising, chief executive Mike Henry said.

* SHANGHAI PRICES: The most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange edged up 0.2% to 46,120 yuan ($6,596.77) a tonne, aluminum rose 0.4% to 13,690 yuan a tonne while nickel fell 1.1% to 103,850 yuan a tonne.

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MARKETS NEWS

* Asian shares fell and Wall Street retreated from record highs on Tuesday after Apple’s announcement.

DATA/EVENTS (GMT)

0930 UK Claimant Count Unem Chng Jan

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0930 UK ILO Unemployment Rate Dec

1000 Germany ZEW Economic Sentiment Feb

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Three month LME copper

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Three month LME aluminum

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Three month LME zinc

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Three month LME lead

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Three month LME nickel

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Three month LME tin

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ARBS ($1 = 6.9913 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Mai Nguyen; Editing by Aditya Soni)



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