Rio Tinto Plc Copper Mines Now Expect Higher Yield As Prices Drop

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Rio Tinto Plc has upped its copper production expectations at Utah-based Bingham Canyon mine by 25,000 tons, according to the FT, because they’re making better recovery progress than expected.

Nomura analysts told the FT: “We had expected a greater decline in output from Bingham Canyon as a result of the well-publicised pit wall failure in April…the [copper mining] company appears to have recommenced mining from the lower part of the pit, and processed more stockpiled material than originally anticipated.”

Essentially, after Rio Tinto forecast a 125,000-ton shortfall based on the troubles at the world’s largest excavation, it now looks like they’ll lose out on 100,000 tons.

Today’s Copper Prices:

Following two days of increases on the LME, the copper 3-month price dropped by 1.1 percent to end at $6,940 per metric ton on Monday, July 15. The cash price of primary copper closed at $6,923 per metric ton. Following a couple days of improvement, the metal’s price weakened by 1.0 percent on the LME.

Weakening prices followed two days of improvement as the price of US copper producer grade 122 dropped 0.3 percent.

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The price of US copper producer grade 110 declined 0.3 percent, after two days of improvement. Following two days of rising prices, the price of US copper producer grade 102 dropped 0.2 percent. The cash price of primary Japanese copper showed little movement yesterday.

Chinese copper prices were down for the day. After improving for two days, the price of Chinese copper wire declined 0.8 percent. Following a couple days of improvement, the price of Chinese copper bar weakened by 0.8 percent. The cash price of Chinese copper changed direction with a 0.8 percent drop. Chinese bright copper scrap fell 0.3 percent on Monday.

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