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Copper Gains as It May Be Oversold

August 12, 2010 at 20:54 by Vladimir Vyun

Copper prices jumped today on speculation that the metal was oversold, considering declining inventories. Prices declined earlier as traders were concerned about slower economic growth in two most significant copper consumers: the US and China. The Federal Reserve said that the US economic growth would be “more modest”. China’s industrial production grew with the slowest pace in 11 months in July.

Worries are still present, but perhaps fears were overdone. LME-monitored inventories were decreasing for five consecutive months, the longest decrease since July 2007. As Matthew Zeman, a trader at LaSalle Futures Group, put it:

On a short-term basis, this market has been oversold. The lower inventory levels will help to keep a lid on things. The market will still be vulnerable if we continue to get more indications that growth is slowing.

September futures for copper delivery went up $0.037 (1.1 percent) to $3.3125 per pound by 11:25 COMEX. The price previously slipped 0.6 percent to $3.255, the lowest level since July 30.

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