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Price of Copper Retakes Key Level as Global Economy Improves

Doctor Copper is signaling an improved outlook for the global economy as the price of copper has retaken the key $2.86 level.

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China is the world’s largest importer of copper using more than three million tonnes a year. In an attempt to improve the environment, China is proposing a copper import ban. China’s copper industry is accelerating copper imports to build stocks ahead of the 2018 deadline. You can read more about China’s proposed copper ban here.

September copper futures trading on the Comex market in New York moved higher as the likely impact of new regulations in China spark another round of heavy buying in the US and Shanghai. Last Thursday more than 3 billion pounds of copper changed hands and the price jumped to $3.048 a pound ($6,720 per tonne) which is the highest in nearly three years. December copper hit $3.07 a pound. Analysts at DoubleView think copper is in a long overdue bullish cyclical move which predicts the next boom for the global economy is underway.

Price of Copper

Price of copper

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Whether its a global economy thing or a China thing or even both, one thing is clear: The price of copper has confirmed the break above the key $2.86 level this month.

Federal Reserve Will Push Price of Copper Back Down

The problem I have with the Doctor Copper is signaling a global bull market thesis is the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve is hiking rates and that ALWAYS slows down the economy and thus the demand for copper. I talked about this on the Saturday show back in June here. Please make sure you review my commentary on the Saturday show before going long copper. You may also want to use this stop limit order strategy to trade copper.

As for me, I’m not swing trading copper as its too dangerous and I see safer opportunities with higher yields elsewhere.

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