Some traders feel that December copper made an upside breakout overnight, with prices rising to their highest level since August 5th. Copper was partially emboldened by news of a major Greek bank merger yesterday, and also may be finding some support from hopes of additional easing from the US Fed next month. However, the copper market is being presented with the prospect of dissention within the Fed regarding upcoming policy, and therefore the FOMC meeting minutes release later today could prove to be important. In addition, today's Fed speeches are also capable of impacting copper prices significantly. Some traders in the copper market are also fearful that recent rule changes for Chinese banks could reduce forward purchases of copper by Chinese interests. Other traders think that positive upcoming payroll figures are also providing copper with some of its lift this week. LME Copper Stocks were 464,375 tons, down 550 tons.