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Trafigura plans to take large amounts of LME copper, sources tell Reuters
How rude not to trust the London Metals Exchange!
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By Pratima Desai
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
LONDON -- Commodity trader Trafigura is planning to take large amounts of copper from London Metal Exchange registered warehouses, two people familiar with the matter said, adding that the metal was likely to remain in Europe.
Copper stocks in LME registered warehouses stand at 83,325 tonnes and are already low. Canceled warrants -- metal earmarked for delivery -- stand at 31.2% or 26,000 tonnes. This compares with 12% on Jan. 3.
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Most of the cancelled warrants -- 20,600 according to the latest data from the LME -- are in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Trafigura declined to comment on whether it was behind the cancellations, but said: "In an environment of constrained supply, reflected by high copper benchmarks in Europe, we are ensuring we can continue to supply our customers with the metals they need."
The cancellations and large holdings of copper warrants and cash contracts are fuelling some concern about supplies on the LME market. ...
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