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$6870 a tonne

$6870 a tonne

... is the low the copper price hit on the London Metals Exchange last week. It had been trading above $US8200 as recently as February. Copper is regarded as the most economically-sensitive metal, so much so that some call it "Dr Copper: the only metal with a PhD in economics".

2½ years

... is the sentence handed down to financial adviser Lawson Stuart Donald by a Sydney court last week. He had been transferring trades worth more than $1.7 million from one client account to another. Donald, who pleaded guilty, had his sentence suspended. ASIC boss Greg Tanzer said: "This type of behaviour can erode investor and consumer confidence in financial services."

59.71 per cent

... is how much shares in Seek have risen so far this year. Shares in the online job finder were at $5.90 in July last year, but hit a peak of $11.24 last week. In August, Seek is to float its Chinese offshoot Zhaopin, which could make it about $650 million.

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