Copper futures bounced back to above $4.3 per tonne, having hit an 8-month low of $4.06 on May 12th on expectations that China would ease its COVID-19 restrictions. However, the price of the red metal is still almost 15% below a record peak of $5 hit in early March brought down by demand concerns from top consumer China. The latest data showed China's copper imports fell 4% from a year earlier in April, as lockdowns hurt manufacturing activity and consumption. Pressuring prices further was the continued appreciation of the US dollar, making the metal more expensive for holders of other currencies, and lingering concerns about global economic growth on a backdrop of high inflation, coupled with an aggressive tightening monetary policy.

Historically, Copper reached an all time high of 5.02 in March of 2022. Copper - data, forecasts, historical chart - was last updated on May of 2022.

Copper is expected to trade at 4.19 USd/LB by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate it to trade at 3.94 in 12 months time.

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Price Day Month Year
Gold 1,852.04 6.36 0.34% -2.41% -1.54%
Silver 21.89 0.141 0.65% -7.26% -21.26%
Copper 4.31 0.0335 0.78% -3.02% -5.00%
Steel 4,830.00 13.00 0.27% -4.30% -2.62%
Iron Ore 126.00 3.00 2.44% -13.99% -36.04%
Lithium 457,500.00 0 0% -4.79% 414.04%
Platinum 961.28 5.78 0.60% 4.40% -18.13%

Copper futures are widely traded on the London Metal Exchange (LME), at the COMEX and on the Multi-Commodity Exchange in India. The standard contract is 25,000 lbs. Copper is the third most widely used metal in the world. Chile accounts for over one third of world's copper production followed by China, Peru, United States, Australia, Indonesia, Zambia, Canada and Poland. The biggest importers of copper are China, Japan, India, South Korea and Germany. Copper market prices displayed in Trading Economics are based on over-the-counter (OTC) and contract for difference (CFD) financial instruments. Our copper market prices are intended to provide you with a reference only, rather than as a basis for making trading decisions. Trading Economics does not verify any data and disclaims any obligation to do so.
Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4.31 4.28 5.02 0.60 1988 - 2022 USd/LB Daily