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Global copper short-term outlook August 2016

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Report summary

The copper market service short term outlook (STO) is published monthly and provides a forecast of copper supply and demand fundamentals over the next two-years. Copper prices remained rangebound during July, trading largely within a band of $4,700/t-$4,950/t. As nerves calmed following the Brexit-led sell-off, fund sentiment towards the copper market improved in late June and early July. This continued through mid-month as Chinese macroeconomic data generally met market expectations and helped to drive a more risk-on attitude, underpinning copper quotes. With demand in off-season, prices are likely to remain rangebound over the short term. We continue to forecast a moderate statistical market surplus for 2016, of around 90kt. As a result, global refined metal inventories are set to remain at elevated levels of 74 days in terms of consumption which will continue to weigh on copper prices over the balance of the year.

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Tables and charts

This report includes 23 images and tables including:


  • Volumes traded at key commodity exchanges in China
  • Comex managed money positioning
  • LME 3-month copper price
  • Exchange stocks - quarterly
  • SOE investment supports housing supply
  • Chinese industrial profitability on a downward path since 2012
  • Demand: Image 3


  • Copper key forecasts
  • Concentrate market TCRCs
  • Global copper-in-concentrate stock changes - (kt Cu)
  • Supply-demand balances: Table 1
  • Demand: Table 1
  • Production and shipments of copper wire rod and copper semis - kt
  • Global quarterly refined copper consumption - kt
  • Blister market RCs
  • Global mine production – breakdown by product type (kt copper in concentrate & leach output)
  • Global copper refined consumption - (kt)
  • Global copper mine production - (kt copper in concentrate & leach output)
  • Global copper smelter production - (kt)
  • Global copper refinery production - (kt)
  • Copper stocks
  • Copper prices and premia
  • Copper supply/demand balance global summary - (kt)

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