NEW YORK July 1 (Reuters) – U.S. copper futures lost more than 2 percent of their value Thursday morning, hit by further bouts of risk aversion after moderating manufacturing data around the world reinforced views of a slower second-half
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* Copper for September delivery HGU0 down 7.10 cents, or 2.4 percent, at $2.8795 per lb by 10:33 a.m. EDT (1433 GMT) on the COMEX metals division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
* Session range extended down from $2.9360 to $2.8720.
* COMEX estimated volume at 19,991 lots by 10 a.m.
* China’s official purchasing managers’ index fell to 52.1 in June from 53.9 in May, knocked by government measures to cool the property market and restrain bank lending. [ID:nLDE660018]
* Data a sign that Beijing’s tightening measures gaining traction – MF Global analyst Edward Meir.
* Euro zone manufacturing slowed in June to its weakest growth rate in four months, while UK manufacturing also slowed in June from a previous 15-year high. [ID:nSLAUHE67Q] [ID:nSLAUHE67T]
* U.S. manufacturing sector grew for an 11th straight month in June, but at a slower rate than expected, with employment component falling to 57.8 from 59.8 and new orders down at 58.5 — suggesting moderating growth. [ID:nN01107449]
* Copper’s breakdown from April peak indicated a definite slowdown in the economy, with economic data now reflecting that move – Adam Sarhan, chief executive of Sarhan Capital.
* Separate data showed U.S. pending home sales plunged 30 percent in May, construction spending dipped 0.2 percent in May, and new jobless claims unexpectedly rose last week. [ID:nN01123845] [ID:nN01107386] [ID:nN01108492]
* London Metal Exchange copper stocks <0#LME-STOCKS> dropped 1,675 tonnes to 449,425 tonnes on Thursday.
* COMEX copper inventories <COMEX/WHSTAT> flat at 101,925 short tons on Wednesday.