December copper may have found benefit from stronger outside markets this morning, as prices continue to build on last week's recovery. The market has held onto a larger portion of recent gains than other metals, which some traders feel may indicate that copper is reflecting ideas that global recovery prospects are maintaining a positive trajectory. An ongoing strike at a major Peruvian copper mine has constricted supplies, but copper has recently taken more direction from macroeconomic sentiment than from any changes with the supply/demand outlook. With China coming back into the market after a one-week holiday, there are some ideas that they will take advantage of relatively cheap copper prices by restocking. The direction of global equity market is widely expected to play a major role whether copper sustains this month's recovery.