GLOBAL COPPER WRAP: Shanghai premiums unchanged in quiet market; US, European markets flat

A lack of arbitrage opportunities and volatile futures prices kept Shanghai copper premiums flat this week, while rates in Europe and the United States were unchanged due to waning spot activity amid a worsening novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) pandemic.

  • Shanghai copper premiums unchanged amid volatile futures prices, poor arbitrage.
  • US, European premiums flat as coronavirus dents spot activity.

Shanghai copper premiums flat
Copper cathode premiums in China were unchanged in the week ended Tuesday March 24, with volatility in the futures market and wide arbitrage losses resulting in limited spot activity.
Fastmarkets assessed the copper grade A cathode premium, cif Shanghai at $50-65 per tonne on Tuesday, unchanged since March 10.
Dramatic falls in the copper price on the Shanghai Futures Exchange has dented buying appetite in the physical market, causing trading to grind to a halt.
“It was a crazy week for SHFE copper, which tumbled to the daily down limit on two consecutive days [on March 18 and 19]. Investors were scared and left the market,” a Shanghai-based trader told Fastmarkets.

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Hassan Butt

Rijuta Dey Bera

Sally Zhang

March 25, 2020

06:03 GMT

Shanghai, London, New York