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 TechCrunch Disrupt London is happening once again this December and we have some of the most iconic entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the tech industry lined up to speak. The two-day conference runs December 5 to 6 in the Olympic Village’s...
The Hindu Business Line  Oct 12  Comment 
The copper futures contract traded on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) has rebounded in the past week from its low of around ₹319 per kg. It is currently trading around ₹325. The 100-day moving ave...
TechCrunch  Oct 12  Comment 
 Applications are now open for student groups to attend Disrupt London at The Copper Box Arena on Tuesday, December 6th. The program is part of Include, TechCrunch’s diversity program aimed at facilitating opportunities for...
TechCrunch  Oct 11  Comment 
Applications are now open for student groups to attend Disrupt London at The Copper Box Arena on Tuesday, December 6th. The program is part of Include, TechCrunch’s diversity program aimed at facilitating opportunities for underrepresented...
Benzinga  Oct 10  Comment 
On CNBC's Options Action, Carter Worth spoke about Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), the best performing Dow Jones stock year-to-date. He compared its performance with the performance of copper and he concluded that Caterpillar outperformed copper...
The Hindu Business Line  Oct 10  Comment 
Vedanta has said its production of zinc, copper and aluminium was affected during July-September quarter due to reasons such as power outages, and technical snags. Despite the hurdles, the mining ...
SeekingAlpha  Oct 6  Comment 


Copper is a metal used extensively as a heat and electrical conductor, as well as a component in metal alloys, most notably brass and bronze. Annual world production is projected to 18.4 million metric tons in 2008.[1]

Copper is used extensively for electrical wiring and plumbing in buildings. A good overview on the use of copper can be found on the webpage of the International Wrought Copper Council (IWCC).

Copper is known to have antimicrobial properties. It is also an important nutrient. It is widely believed that copper jewelry can help wearer conquer diseases.

The chart at left shows continuos front-month futures prices for High Grade Copper traded on the COMEX.

Prices and Delivery Dates

High Grade Copper futures contracts are traded on the COMEX under ticker symbol HG and are delivered every month of the year. (For more information on commodity tickers, check out the commodity ticker construction page.)

Copper Producers

The four largest copper producers are[2]

Key Trends and Forces

Global Economic Downturn

The usage of copper may be significantly reduced in the current downturn.

Emerging Economies

Improving living conditions and expansion of infrastructure require electrification of houses, manufacturing facilities, and offices. Further copper is required in electrical powerplants, transformation and transport of the energy and for the extension of public transport.

New Electrification Wave

Improved comfort functions and hybrid powertrains require increased amounts of copper to be build into vehicles. Plugin hybrids are going to increase the demand for electric power from the grid. The use of solar panels on buildings increases copper usage in the building sector.



  1. International Copper Study Group - Forecast 2008/2009, October 2008
  2. Freeport McMoRan Presentation, November 2008
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