GLOBAL COPPER WRAP: US premiums hit 5-yr high, Shanghai rates fall on slack demand

Copper premiums in the United States have risen to their highest since January 2014 due to expectations of higher demand prompting gains, while the Asian and European markets dip.

US premiums at five-year high Shanghai premiums drop while expected demand influx fails to materialize Supply uptick in Europe means premiums dip in Italy US premium hits five-year high The US copper cathode premium has logged its first move since July 2018 and widened upward amid expectations of high demand and short supply during the second quarter of 2019. Fastmarkets AMM assessed the US copper cathode premium at 7-7.75 cents per lb delivered to the Midwest on Tuesday March 26, up by 0.25 cents on the high end of the range from 7-7.50 cents per lb previously. While the first quarter of this year was disappointing for many industry participants, spot demand typically increases in the second quarter, with construction activity picking up during the northern hemisphere's spring months. "The copper market does seem a bit sluggish. [We] haven’t had as many inquiries for spot metal as we were seeing earlier," a US-based physical...

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Ellie Wang

Archie Hunter

Dalton Barker

March 27, 2019

11:35 GMT

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