The copper market has started the new trading week out on a positive footing, and has reached the highest price levels for nearly two weeks. Some traders have pointed towards a positive forecast from an analyst who suggested that China might return to stockpiling efforts after the Chinese New Year, as a supportive factor for the market. News of lower copper production and refined copper output from a major global producer during the 4th quarter, who has also projected annual declines with their copper production and refined copper output for all of 2010, may have contributed further towards widely held ideas of ongoing tightness with the copper market. The UK Consumer Price Index during December was up 1.0%, higher than expectations and could be a sign of stronger UK industrial copper demand. LME Copper Stocks were 377,925 tons, down 1,075 tons.