GLOBAL COPPER WRAP: US copper premium continues to rise; Shanghai premium rebounds

The United States copper premium continued to rise in the week to Wednesday August 4 and the Shanghai copper premium also rose due to a high import appetite despite arbitrage losses, sources told Fastmarkets.

US copper premium range widens upward
Fastmarkets adjusted its copper grade 1 cathode premium, ddp Midwest US to 8-9 cents per lb, the highest assessment in over a decade. 
This reflects a widening of the range from 8-8.5 cents per lb the week before. Market participants agree that the tightness has been caused by disruptions in shipments rather than a shortage of copper.
One market participant said that they would assess the copper price in the 8.5-9 cents per lb range because it is "cautiously tight."

“There is a little tightness now, but there is [production] capacity so the shortage will not last,” another source said. “It is time delays, more than product delays.” The...


Julian Luk

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Yasemin Esmen

August 04, 2021

16:57 GMT

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