A sharp slide in copper prices this morning may have been the result of sagging Chinese economic growth views and residual concern towards Euro zone debt. Some traders feel that weaker Asian copper prices overnight and reports of higher Russian January copper exports may be adding further pressure to prices this morning. For the time being, slack Chinese demand views are likely to dominate market sentiment but LME copper stocks overnight declined by 2,250 tons and have now fallen to a level of 283,575 tons.