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Copper prices climb on Fed rate hike pause expectations

EditorAmbhini Aishwarya
Published 11/20/2023, 01:05 AM
Updated 11/20/2023, 01:05 AM
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Copper prices have soared to $8,333.50 per ton today as investors' confidence is bolstered by the prospect of an end to the Federal Reserve's interest rate hikes. The sentiment has been fueled by recent U.S. economic indicators suggesting a slowdown, which could potentially halt the aggressive monetary tightening that has been in place.

This optimism in the market is a continuation of last week's performance when copper recorded significant gains on the London Metal Exchange. Investors are reacting to the evolving economic landscape, with signs pointing towards a more cautious approach from the Fed in response to domestic economic signals.

The positive outlook for copper also aligns with broader gains in other metals, with aluminum and zinc both experiencing increases exceeding 1%. This trend reflects a wider advance in Asian stock markets, where indices such as Japan's Nikkei 225 have reached their highest levels in over three decades.

Last week in Shanghai, industry experts at a key copper conference expressed mixed sentiments. Although there are concerns about potential short-term oversupply, the long-term outlook remains robust due to anticipated market constriction and strong demand. In response to these dynamics and tight concentrate supplies, some Chinese smelters agreed to lower treatment charges during crucial raw-material supply discussions.

The current rise in copper prices is indicative of a commodities market that is closely attuned to macroeconomic developments and central bank policies. As the market anticipates a shift in Fed strategy, commodities like copper are reflecting this change in investor sentiment, translating economic forecasts into tangible market movements.

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