Copper prices faced a substantial decline on Friday, signaling the largest weekly drop in three months, driven by indications of China’s lackluster post-pandemic recovery.

China’s Economic Challenges Weigh on Copper Prices, Prompting Significant Weekly Dip

Touching its lowest point since July 7 at $8,252, the metal seemed poised for a weekly plummet of 3.4%.

China’s recent data revealed a tumble in new bank loans, with annual growth of outstanding total social financing (TSF) slowing to 8.9%.

Concerns extend to the property sector as well, with speculation about debt restructuring by Country Garden, China’s premier private property developer.

LME-registered copper stocks have witnessed consecutive weeks of arrivals, resulting in the highest inventory since June 19. According to LME daily data.