Monthly Copper Price Index Rises, But Future Demand in Question

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MetalMiner Copper Price Index February 2013 graph

This month’s Copper MMI® rose by two points from January to February, to reach a value of 99 – a 2.1 percent increase. Nearly all of the metals contained in the Copper MMI® increased – the only exception being the Japanese primary cash copper price.

MetalMiner has recently published a pair of articles outlining the supply and demand forecast for copper. The gist of the articles suggest that supply will remain strong (something that we haven’t historically seen for copper). The real question, in terms of where prices will go, will be answered depending upon what copper demand will do.

“Despite lower paychecks for most US workers in January, the economic fundamentals appear solid at least for the first six months of this year,” said Lisa Reisman, managing editor of MetalMiner.

“The automotive market, housing starts and manufacturing activity all remain buoyant, which signals at least respectable demand for copper,” Reisman continued.

China will see greater growth in 2014 than in 2013, and the US may experience the exact opposite, according to some analysts.

Primary Price Drivers of Copper Index

After dropping the previous month, the price of US copper producer grade 102 prices rose 3.4 percent. The 3-month price of copper closed the month up 3.2 percent on the LME at $8,168 per metric ton.

today's metal prices - MetalMiner IndX For the second month in a row, the Chinese copper cash price increased, rising 2.8 percent over the past month. After dropping the previous month, the price of Chinese bright copper scrap prices rose 2.1 percent.

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