Copper erased gains in New York after U.S. jobs grew at the slowest pace this year.
U.S. companies boosted payrolls by 142,000 in August, the Labor Department said today in Washington. The median Bloomberg survey estimate was for a 230,000 increase.
Copper for December delivery dropped 0.1 percent to $3.1475 a pound by 8:35 a.m. on the Comex in New York. Prices earlier today rose as much as 0.4 percent.
Copper analysts and traders are the most bearish in a month on prices for next week on speculation demand is stalling, according to the Bloomberg weekly sentiment survey.
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