Copper prices surge on rising demand: factors and challenges

Copper prices surge on rising demand, factors and challenges ahead

Copper prices soar to their highest levels in nearly two years, driven by optimism around global demand and decarbonization efforts. Despite bullish sentiments, caution remains due to ample supply and upcoming US inflation data.

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Copper prices surge on rising demand, factors and challenges ahead

Copper prices are on the rise, hitting their highest level since mid-2022. This is part of a broader trend in industrial metals, driven by growing optimism about global demand. Many factors are playing into this, including an improving global manufacturing scene and the expected rate cut by the Federal Reserve. It’s been a good year for contracts on the London Metal Exchange, with all of them showing gains.

Experts at Citigroup Inc. mentioned that copper is now in its second bull market of the century. They believe this surge is likely to continue due to the “booming decarbonization-related demand growth.” Investors have been quite bullish on copper lately, especially those who see challenges ahead in matching mine supply with the rising need for renewable energy and electric vehicles.


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But there are some reasons for caution too. Spot copper prices are currently lower by $100 a ton compared to 3-month LME futures, indicating a decent supply in the immediate term. Also, global inventories are at their highest levels since June 2020, and spot sales in China are also being traded at a discount compared to future contracts.

A research note from Chaos Ternary Research Institute warned that base metals, including copper, might face a significant challenge if US inflation data, expected later on Wednesday, turns out to be higher than anticipated. This could potentially delay the Federal Reserve’s plan to move towards a more accommodating monetary policy.

In London, copper prices went up by as much as 0.9%, reaching $9,503 a ton before settling at $9,482 by 9:05 a.m. local time. Zinc also saw an increase of 2.6%, while tin advanced by 4% – all signs of the positive market sentiment around industrial metals.

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