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Global copper short-term outlook November 2017

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30 November 2017

Global copper short-term outlook November 2017

Report summary

Demand is unlikely to break out of its moderate growth path over the next few years, given the anticipated slowdown in China on both the property and infrastructure side.  Against a backdrop of rising mine production, output in both 2018 and 2019 of around 2.5% in each year, we continue to forecast largely stable cathode inventories in the short term. It is the expectation that the US dollar will strengthen on the back of the Fed unwinding its huge stimulus programme that is likely to temper further increases in copper prices over the next couple of years. However it is becoming increasingly clear that there could be significant support for higher prices in 2018 and into 2019 in the form of upcoming labour negotiations that are due both in Chile and Peru.  

Table of contents

  • Executive summary
    • Market developments
    • Italy
    • South Korea
    • Indonesia
      • Production and shipments of copper wire rod and copper semis - kt
    • Concentrate markets
      • Blister/anode and scrap markets
      • Production news

Tables and charts

This report includes 18 images and tables including:

  • Copper key forecasts
  • LME 3-month prices ($/t) and Exchange stocks (kt)
  • Price forecasts and world quarterly supply/demand balance - (kt)
  • Italian output of copper and copper alloy semis
  • Export demand for semis is stronger than domestic demand
  • Concentrate market TCRCs
  • Global copper-in-concentrate stock changes - (kt Cu)
  • Demand: Table 1
  • 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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