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There is nothing in recent data out of China to suggest metal prices are already in long-term decline, which makes the current drop-off in form among mining commodities and associated equities an opportunity to pick them up as a discount, according to Jefferies analyst Timothy Ward.

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Jefferies analyst sees little downside in Chinese consumer spending

Last week, key data out of China refreshed fears felt in many corners that economic growth for the world's largest materials consumer was set to falter. 

 

The indicators under the microscope were consumer prices, which were up just 2.1% year-on-year last month, and producer prices, which gained just 3.1%. Both results fell short of expectations and readings from the previous month. 

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