SINGAPORE, Dec 18 (Reuters) - London copper futures eased
for a second session on Wednesday, dropping further from near
the Federal Reserve could curb its monetary stimulus.
The Fed ends a two-day policy meeting on Wednesday, with
recent upbeat U.S. economic data bolstering expectations it
could soon start cutting massive bond purchases that have
boosted liquidity and appetite for risky assets such as copper.
* Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange
had edged down 0.2 percent to $7,261.50 a tonne by 0122 GMT. The
metal touched $7,307.70 on Monday, its highest since Oct. 23.
* Copper for February delivery on the Shanghai Futures
Exchange dropped half a percent to 51,310 yuan ($8,500)
* U.S. consumer prices were flat in November, but the lack
of inflation pressures in the economy will probably not stop the
Fed from reducing its bond-buying programme soon given the
backdrop of an improving economic outlook.