Copper markets have stabilized in recent weeks after a 6.5% decline in the first quarter of 2018.

Relative price stability has occurred in spite of a strengthening dollar and increases in London Metal Exchange inventories.

Uncertainties in World Trade threatened by pending tariffs and a less-robust Chinese economy (the largest world consumer of copper) have dampened the typical upward market pressures at least up to this point. In spite of this, dealers and consumers anticipate a return to a rising copper market as we move into busy summer months; also, coupled with the impact of potential disruptions in Chilean and Indonesian mining assets over labor and political disputes that may occur.


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