Metals take a tumble

MINERS may struggle in Australian trading today after some steep falls in metal prices on the London Metal Exchange on Friday.

Nickel was worst hit, slumping nearly 3.7% to $US17,015 per tonne, while tin and lead also each lost more than 2%.

Copper shed 1.3% to $8131.75/t.

Gold was also down, dropping 0.6% to $1759.