Last year, investors were wondering whether copper was worth more than $6,000 per metric ton or not.
Late in 2016, prices were struggling to overcome this psychological level, but things are shaping up for 2017 to be a hot year for copper production, which could translate into a hot year for the copper price.
Escondida Stops Production
Chile’s massive Escondida mine’s processing plants completely stopped supplying refined copper to markets on Thursday as no miners arrived for morning work. The mine produced around 1 million mt of copper last year, or 5% of global production.