SLOWDOWN COMING?: The price of copper dipped as the chances of lawmakers reaching a budget deal before year end faded. If no agreement is reached a series of tax hikes and spending cuts will be implemented, measures that economists say will likely push the U.S. into a recession.
COPPER BOTTOM: Copper, which moves with the outlook for global economic growth, dropped 0.6 percent Monday and has fallen 3 percent this month.
HOLIDAY TRADING: In quiet trading before the Christmas holiday many commodities were little changed.