London-listed miners felt the heat today after the outlook for the Chinese economy darkened amid ongoing equity market turmoil.
Earlier in the day copper prices fell 5.9 per cent to a six-year low of $2.389 a pound on concern about economic growth in China, the world's top metals consumer.
It comes a day after Chinese brokerages and fund managers promises to buy more stocks as part of a series of measures to prop up the country's struggling equities market.
Other commodities were hit including nickel which was down 10 per cent, as well as aluminum which touched a six-year low, and zinc which slumped to its lowest level since December 2013.
The poor performance of copper weighed on London-listed miners such as Glencore whose shares closed down 17 points, or 6.9 per cent, to 230p per share.