Base Metal Commodity Markets

Comex Copper

The annual production levels of copper exceed 18 million metric tons a year. Chile is the world's leading copper producer generating 5,000,000 tons of copper annually. With increasing demand in the consumer market for electrical goods, copper has proved resilient even as economies slow. 

Why look at base metals as an investment?

Demand for these necessary commodities is increasing as emergent economies like India, Brazil and China develop their manufacturing infrastructure. Over 1.5 billion tons of steel are produced a year. The majority of steel produced in the world comes from China who produce over 700 million metric tons a year. The European Union, their nearest rival, produces 170 mmt a year in comparison.

China also leads the world in its production of aluminium producing around 4,100 thousand metric tons a year.

Copper Emini

The copper E-mini is a welcome addition offering a scaled down contract which is aimed at smaller investors.

Hot rolled cold steel

An interesting and volatile commodity, with fluctuating supply causing shortages and localised price hikes.

Base metals a growing market

Base metals include:

Aluminium
Steel
Copper
Lead
Nickel
Tin
Zinc

The most popular and actively traded are copper, steel and aluminium.

You can invest directly in base metals through futures contracts as well as stocks in mining, and companies specialising in base metal processing and production. Base metals are so fundamental to any industrialised economy that changes in the cost of these commodities can affect a broad range of industrial manufacturers and producers such as:

Building and construction
Engineering
Electrical
Transportation
Manufacturing
Mining companies

 

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