Three-month lead lost 1.55% to US$2348, while the red metal lost 1.12% to $6808 and nickel eased 0.52%, with the suite of metals giving up considerable gains made earlier in the week.
The loss for copper follows LME stocks falling more than 10% this month, although the technical show consolidation around $6800/t.
The nickel price still managed to crack its $14,500 per tonne resistance level on Monday to reach a high of $14,660 before closing at $14,425, suggesting building demand.
Tin also lost 0.36%, while cobalt has also eased in recent trades to a still healthy $90,750, and is likely to fall further.
Bucking the trend were zinc, up 0.31% ...