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Copper

LME-PRICES COPPER (19/11/18)
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Cash 6223.5 1
TOM 6101 5
3 month 6205 15758
15 month 6164.8
27M 6160
63M 6174
123M 6174
LME-PRICES copper EUR (19/11/18)
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Cash 5448.7
TOM 5341.4
3 month 5432.5
15 month 5397.3
27M 5393.1
63M 5405.4
123M 5405.4
settlements (19/11/18)
Copper chg high low Limit hi Limit lo
NOV 18 2.6635 0.0530 2.7925 2.72 2.9390 2.5390
DEC 18 2.6590 0.0530 2.8 2.7020 2.9215 2.5215
JAN 19 2.6670 0.0545 2.7835 2.7185 2.9285 2.5285
FEB 19 2.6740 0.0530 2.7885 2.73 2.9355 2.5355
MAR 19 2.6780 0.0530 2.8170 2.72 2.9390 2.5390
APR 19 2.6845 -0.014 2.7325 2.7325 2.9460 2.5460
MAY 19 2.6890 0.0520 2.8240 2.7460 2.95 2.55
JUN 19 2.6955 -0.012 2.7450 2.7450 2.9565 2.5565
JUL 19 2.6985 0.0490 2.83 2.7485 2.9595 2.5595
AUG 19 2.7045 -0.016 2.75 2.75 2.9660 2.5660
SEP 19 2.7070 0.0580 2.8270 2.7525 2.9680 2.5680
OCT 19 2.7130 -0.015 2.7590 2.7590 2.9740 2.5740
NOV 19 2.7160 -0.040 2.7370 2.7370 2.9770 2.5770
DEC 19 2.7170 0.0455 2.8380 2.7970 2.9775 2.5775
JAN 20 2.7230 0.0415 2.8250 2.8250 2.9835 2.5835
FEB 20 2.7255 0.1 2.8680 2.8655 2.9860 2.5860
MAR 20 2.7265 0.0830 2.8270 2.8270 2.9865 2.5865
APR 20 2.7305 0.1155 2.9905 2.5905
MAY 20 2.7330 0.02 2.8130 2.8120 2.9930 2.5930
JUN 20 2.7365 2.9965 2.5965
JUL 20 2.7385 2.9985 2.5985
AUG 20 2.7415 3.0015 2.6015
SEP 20 2.7430 3.0030 2.6030
OCT 20 2.7450 3.0050 2.6050
SHFE (19/11/18)
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NOV 18 7198.00 7206.7 7163.3 1890
DEC 18 7203.8 7222.6 7172.0 26898
JAN 19 7192.2 7212.5 7160.4 47068
FEB 19 7192.2 7212.5 7164.8 5968
MAR 19 7196.6 7234.1 7169.1 1466
APR 19 7212.5 7221.1 7177.8 328
MAY 19 7216.8 7235.6 7192.2 326
JUN 19 7241.4 7241.4 7205.2 26
JUL 19 7241.4 7250.0 7212.5 60
AUG 19 7257.3 7263.1 7221.1 260
SEP 19 7254.4 7254.4 7238.5 22
OCT 19 7274.6 7281.9 7242.8 30

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London Metal Exchange LME Copper

The copper market is constantly changing, besides product information there is a rapidly growing need for real-time price information and stock information of LME copper.

The LME copper contract is the second largest traded contract on the LME (London Metal Exchange). Copper prices are very important for many companies. The prices, opening stocks and the forward price curve for copper are available in our real-time software. Additionally we give access to average copper prices, history, trade prices, trend charts, news and much more.

Copper theft

At the beginning of the crisis in 2008 there was many news about copper thefts. All the news was about stolen copper like, clocks, lightning, power lines, covers and pipelines. Copper was a very popular product for many thieves. Thefts have temporarily been somewhat less, but in recent months the copper thief is back again. The cause of copper theft is obviously rising copper prices, making it very lucrative for thieves to steal this metal and sell it for cash.

Mining

At this time a total of one third of all copper ore in the world comes from mines in Chile. Besides Chile, America and Peru also produce copper. America and Peru account for sixteen percent of the total world production of this metal.

The biggest copper mines are therefore in Chile. In the eighties there were several large mining projects designed to insure that the copper supply in subsequent years grew considerably. That time has passed by. In the first year, copper mining is easy but eventually the copper mine gets exhausted, making the production of copper go down. Then it becomes increasingly difficult to win copper ore. An additional disadvantage is that subsequently the quality of copper significantly goes down.

The largest miners in the world, BHP Billiton, Xstrata and Freeport McMoran have great difficulty in meeting the growing demand. During the past five years, these miners have unfortunately not succeeded in their goals in relation to the achievements of the copper extraction.

New mines

Most major copper producers try to replace the drop in production by starting new mining projects in the world and then try to win new copper ore quickly. This is a logical but a very time-consuming decision. The development of new copper mines takes an average ten years and requires huge capital investment.

Fluctuation

With rapidly changing development of copper prices on the LME for companies dealing in this metal, such as construction business, dealers and installers, it is very important to respond immediately to price fluctuations. This information can earn or save companies a lot of money and will directly hit their profit. This requires real-time copper LME pricing information, enabling these companies to respond quickly to price fluctuations on the market.