On the metals, LME aluminium has fallen to a  3 week low and the AUD/USD exchange rate has steadied in a band of  94.2 and 95.6.

**** DJ Copper Slips on Steady Dollar, Growth Jitters****

NEW YORK–Copper futures slipped Monday, dragged lower by strength in the U.S. dollar and worries that recent global economic data pointed to a plateau in metal demand.

Although indicators of economic activity are still mostly showing growth, “the pace of industrial growth and business sentiment in some big advanced economies has stopped improving,” analysts with National Australia Bank said in a note.

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