Like a number of physical commodity markets, copper has started out this week with sizable losses and roughly 26 cents a pound below last week's highs. Positive news on Chinese refined copper imports and another decline in daily LME copper stocks are thought to have been partially offset by rising fears of global economic slowing and by a decline in Chinese copper concentrate imports from the prior month. In addition to a stronger dollar, the copper market might also see find pressure if a private survey of US existing home sales data later on this morning comes in weaker than market expectations.