Copper Price Rising amidst China Lockdown

On 4 April 2022, the copper price rose despite lingering demand concerns in top consumer China. Copper for delivery in May rose 2.3% from 1 April 2022’s settlement price, touching $4.790 per pound ($10,538 per tonne).

Trading was sluggish as Chinese financial markets were closed for a public holiday, but traders kept a wary eye on the country’s covid-19 lockdowns and their impact on economic output and overall demand.

“The lockdown in China has already led to a slowdown in the domestic movement of base metals, and as a result, production cuts at metal fabricators have also been implemented,” said a Commodity Strategist.

According to recent reports, Peru Minister of Economy and Finance Oscar Graham said, “Peru (the world’s second largest copper supplier), will target the ‘excess profits’ that mining companies have earned from rising metal prices around the world.” He added that the country will focus on surplus profits, potentially through an “adjustment” to taxes.

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo pledged to raise taxes on the mining sector when he came into office last year. His current plan, however, is much less ambitious than initially promised after it faced resistance from miners and a split Congress.

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