Copper Will Lead Commodity Recovery: Antofagasta

A slide in copper prices has hit miners hard, with Chilean copper miner Antofagasta no exception; on Tuesday, the company reported a 83 percent slide in pre-tax profits for 2015, sending the company’s shares 10 percent lower in opening trade in London.

Along with other commodities, Copper has seen a 15 percent slide over the last 12 months on the back of decreased demand and oversupply.

Asked whether a recovery in copper prices was on the cards this year, Antofagasta’s Chief Executive Diego Hernandez told CNBC that a rebound was not imminent.

“I think probably not this year. I think that this year we will see prices similar to the areas that we have seen since January and why – because supply and demand is tight but we will see a small surplus and with these market conditions any surplus affects the price,” Hernandez said.


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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.