LONDON, Sept 8 (.) – Copper fell on Tuesday amid tensions between China and the United States and the strength of the dollar, but prices remained near two-year highs as inventories recorded by the London Metal Exchange They fell to 15-year lows, and speculators were betting on a further advance.

* At 1030 GMT, benchmark copper on the LME was down 1% at $ 6,723.50 a tonne. On September 1, the metal reached $ 6,830 – an increase of more than 50% compared to a March floor – against increased demand from China and after speculative investors raised their bets on higher values ​​to their highest since June of 2018.

* The macro picture looks pretty strong, « said Robin Bhar, independent analyst. » Activity in China is more or less back to normal, and the fourth quarter tends to be a good time for demand and activity from metals « .

* President Donald Trump again raised the idea of ​​separating the economies of the United States and China on Monday, suggesting that his country would not lose money if it ceases to do business with the Asian giant.

* European stock prices fell and the dollar appreciated, making raw materials more expensive for holders of other currencies.

* Copper inventories in warehouses registered with the LME decreased by 1,000 tons to 76,550 tons, the lowest since December 2005.

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(Reporting by Peter Hobson; Additional reporting by Mai Nguyen; Edited in Spanish by Janisse Huambachano)