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Chile's Cochilco revises copper price to $4.30 on expected deficit
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Chile's Cochilco revises copper price to $4.30 on expected deficit

  • Cochilco said that increased speculation in the market was playing a role in bolstering copper, adding: "This could push the price to new highs in the short term."
  • The commission also predicted that copper production out of Chile would hit close to 5.8 million tonnes this year, a year-on-year increase of 1.8%, but below its previous forecast of just under 6 million tonnes.
Published 19 May, 2021 07:56pm
Slumping dollar boosts base metals, zinc hits 3-year high
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Slumping dollar boosts base metals, zinc hits 3-year high

  • Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange (LME) was up 1.2% at $10,496.50 a tonne in official trading and near last week's record high of $10,747.50.
  • LME zinc was up 2.4% at $3,085 a tonne after surging to $3,108.50, its highest since June 2018.
Published 18 May, 2021 08:31pm
Copper turns higher as strike risk offsets weak China data
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Copper turns higher as strike risk offsets weak China data

  • Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange (LME) was up 0.4% at $10,283.50 a tonne in official trading, close to last Monday's all-time peak of $10,747.50.
  • Chinese steel prices fell sharply, with buyers put off by higher prices and the government warning it will move against too rapid a rally.
Published 17 May, 2021 06:33pm
Aluminium extends rally on growing supply fears
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Aluminium extends rally on growing supply fears

  • Prices have rocketed 25% this year as commodities and equities markets surged and investors anticipate that a crackdown on polluting smelters in China will constrain supply.
  • Adding impetus was China saying it would "indefinitely" suspend all activity under a China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, deepening a crisis in relations.
Published 06 May, 2021 08:56pm
Copper prices resume climb towards $10,000/t
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Copper prices resume climb towards $10,000/t

  • Benchmark three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange (LME) had risen 1.4% to $9,958.50 per tonne in official trades. On Thursday, prices hit $10,008 a tonne which was the highest since Feb. 2011.
  • "It's a tremendously positive story for copper at the moment and in the long term," said WisdomTree analyst Nitesh Shah, adding that the metal will likely pierce through the $10,000 mark again.
Published 04 May, 2021 07:46pm
China March copper, lead and zinc output up y/y
Business & Finance

China March copper, lead and zinc output up y/y

  • The 22 smelters in its copper production survey churned out 792,800 tonnes of cathodes last month, up from a low base in coronavirus-affected March 2020 and a 28-day February in 2021.
  • A slight increase in maintenance this month will see April cathode output fall to around 780,000 tonnes, Antaike said.
Published 12 Apr, 2021 05:52pm
Reality check for copper bulls as Chinese demand growth slows
Business & Finance

Reality check for copper bulls as Chinese demand growth slows

  • "There's no point having money in copper at this point because we're not going anywhere," said commodities broker Anna Stablum of Marex Spectron.
  • "The shorter-term money...has already disappeared and moved on to where you can make more short-term gains, but...there's substantial sticky, longer-term money basically (still) sat in that long," she said.
Published 09 Apr, 2021 06:02pm
Copper heads for weekly gain despite dip on China policy fears
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Copper heads for weekly gain despite dip on China policy fears

  • Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange (LME) was down 0.3% at $8,984 a tonne by 1206 GMT but up about 2% for the week and on course for its first weekly rise in a month.
  • A barnstorming economic recovery in China and speculative buying pushed the metal used in power and construction to $9,617 in February, its highest in a decade, before prices stagnated.
Published 09 Apr, 2021 05:07pm
Copper hits 2-week high as top producer Chile closes border
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Copper hits 2-week high as top producer Chile closes border

  • Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange climbed as much as 3.6% to $9,104 a tonne, its highest since March 23.
  • The most-traded May copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange also hit its highest in two weeks, advancing as much as 2.3% to 67,670 yuan ($10,308.32) a tonne.
Published 06 Apr, 2021 11:24am
Copper touches lowest in nearly a month on China demand worries
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Copper touches lowest in nearly a month on China demand worries

  • There are concerns about China deleveraging; that seems to be uppermost in a lot of people's minds. How much more tightening is there to come? And the Chinese economy seems to be slowing anyway.
  • Copper inventories are rising on the LME and it seems that demand for the time being has come off the boil, which is a bit concerning because we're going into the seasonally strong part of the year.
Published 01 Apr, 2021 05:11pm
Copper slides as ship blocking Suez partly refloated
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Copper slides as ship blocking Suez partly refloated

  • Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange traded down 0.3% to $8,937 a tonne in official rings. Prices are down 7% since hitting 9-1/2-year highs of $9,617 last month.
  • The blockage in the Suez Canal made people think about higher costs of transporting metal. It's not over yet, but the ship is moving.
Published 29 Mar, 2021 06:05pm
Copper falls to nearly 3-week low on China demand worries, firm dollar
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Copper falls to nearly 3-week low on China demand worries, firm dollar

  • Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange shed 2.2% to $8,780.50 a tonne in official trading, having hit $8,702 a tonne, its lowest since March 5.
  • Chinese demand worries and a stronger dollar - these are the two main macro factors that's causing a general loss of risk appetite across the whole commodity space.
Published 25 Mar, 2021 08:50pm
Copper loses ground as US-China meeting fuels caution
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Copper loses ground as US-China meeting fuels caution

  • Markets are also unsettled after a rapid rise in US bond yields turned investors cautious, taking some heat from rallies in equities, oil and industrial metals.
  • Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange (LME), which reached a decade high of $9,617 a tonne last month, was at $9,017.50 in official trading, down 0.4% for the day and around 0.7% for the week.
Published 19 Mar, 2021 09:55pm