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Copper Gains As Strikes In Chile Mine Begins


Copper prices tested 18 month highs in MCX on Monday facilitated by positive triggers from Chile and participation of long positions. MCX Copper gained more than 1% during the day to test a high of Rs 349 per kg and ended at Rs 347.35 per kg up Rs 3. Copper stocks rose on Monday by 75 tonnes to 502400 tonnes.

Workers at Chile`s Chuquicamata, the world`s second biggest copper complex, began a strike over pay early on Monday, a union leader said, hitting output from global No. 1 producer Codelco. Codelco sources have estimated the Chuquicamata complex in far northern Chile, which includes the Chuquicamata and Mina Sur deposits and produces around 4 percent of the world`s mined copper, will lose up to 1,800 tonnes of copper output per day and cost the state around $8 million per day in lost revenue. Chuquicamata was expected to produce 565,000 tonnes of copper in 2009.

Source : Capital Market

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