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METALS-Demand concern drags Shanghai copper to 2-year low

Mai Nguyen

(Adds quotes, details; updates prices)

SINGAPORE, June 3 (Reuters) - Copper prices on the Shanghai Futures Exchange (ShFE) dropped to their lowest in two years on Monday, as weak Chinese factory data and a U.S. threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods sparked fears of weaker global growth and demand for metals.

The most-traded copper contract on ShFE dropped as much as 0.6% to 46,060 yuan ($6,673.72) a tonne, its lowest since June 2017. The contract was trading down 0.4% at 0356 GMT.

"I don't think the downward move has come to an end yet. So, I'm still bearish until there is a real turnaround where macro sentiment improves or shows signs of improvement," said a metals trader based in Singapore.

An official survey showed factory activity in top metals consumer China slumping in May to a deeper contraction than expected, while U.S. President Donald Trump's threatening tariffs on all goods from Mexico raised global recession fears.


* CHINA: A private Caixin/Markit survey showed factory activity expanding modestly in May at 50.2, but is unlikely to allay growing fears about the impact on China from an escalating trade dispute with the United States.

* EL TENIENTE: Chile's state-owned miner Codelco, the world's largest copper producer, said on Sunday it partially halted work at its biggest copper mine El Teniente following a fatal accident.

* LME COPPER: Benchmark London three-month copper rebounded 0.1% after it fell at the sharpest monthly rate since November 2015 last month.

* AUSTRALIA/USA: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said aluminum exporters are complying with the terms of a deal with the United States after the New York Times reported Trump had considered imposing tariffs on Canberra.

* TCs/RCs: Spot prices for refining copper concentrate have fallen to their lowest in 6-1/2 years and look set to stay under pressure as China cements itself as a dominant producer of processed metal.

* ZIMBABWE POWER: Zimbabwe mining companies can pay for electricity in foreign currency to guarantee supplies, the energy minister said on Friday, as the country might face deeper power cuts because of low dam water levels.

* PRICES: London aluminum rose 0.1%, nickel eased 0.5%, zinc increased 0.1% and lead edged up 0.1%. In Shanghai, nickel fell 1.5%, zinc decreased 0.7% and lead eased 0.2%.

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Three month LME copper

Most active ShFE copper

Three month LME aluminum

Most active ShFE aluminum

Three month LME zinc

Most active ShFE zinc

Three month LME lead

Most active ShFE lead

Three month LME nickel

Most active ShFE nickel

Three month LME tin

Most active ShFE tin

ARBS ($1 = 6.9017 Chinese yuan)

(Reporting by Mai Nguyen; editing by Uttaresh.V)