Copper Hits 6 Year Low After Weak Chinese Data

Copper tumbled the most in almost six years as it followed other metals lower amid a collapse in commodities.

Lower energy costs and demand weakness amid worse-than-expected economic data in China are driving prices down, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Consumption in the world’s biggest user will grow at the slowest pace since at least 2009, Deutsche Bank AG estimates. Prices slumped as much as 8.6 percent in London today and fell by the daily limit in Shanghai.

Commodities have sunk to the lowest level in more than 12 years, led by a rout in energy prices, after a decade-long bull market led producers to boost output and a stronger dollar diminished their allure to investors. Oil’s 60 percent decline since last year’s peak is cutting costs for mining companies and bolstering speculation the glut will worsen. Copper is the worst performing non-energy raw material this year on the Bloomberg Commodity Index (BCOM), which fell to the lowest since August 2002.

“People have seen oil prices decline so much and now they’re targeting other commodities,” Ivan Szpakowski, an analyst at Citigroup Inc. in Hong Kong, said in an interview with Bloomberg TV today. Copper is falling faster than most other commodities because “it’s the one that is played by the macro investors and by people who are looking at the broader picture rather than commodity fundamentals.”

via Bloomberg

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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