The recent drop in copper likely is a short-term price correction since recently markets have been relatively steady in a time of uncertainty in the world economy fueled by the tariff discussions and political unrest.

Copper inventories are high in Arizona and Utah warehouses; but a possible strike in Chile’s Codelco Norte mine may impact world supplies this summer.

Traders and producers have successfully defended against downward pressure and in the short- term, supply and demand seem to be in balance.


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