Copper, after experiencing a challenging year, is finally showing signs of recovery. Futures contracts have witnessed a significant increase of 5.4%, reaching $3.71 per pound from its recent low of $3.52 on Oct. 23.
One of the primary catalysts for this rise is the lower-than-expected inflation, which has sparked speculation that the Federal Reserve might not only refrain from raising interest rates further but could potentially even implement rate cuts. This scenario would undoubtedly foster economic demand and drive up the price of copper, a crucial component in the manufacturing of automobiles, machinery, and various other products. Furthermore, lower interest rates often lead to a weakening dollar, which in turn benefits copper as it is priced in greenbacks.
Aside from these factors, there are other positive developments that bode well for copper’s future. When we initially recommended Freeport’s stock (ticker: FCX) in June, we believed that copper could reach nearly $5 in the near future. Although this projected milestone is yet to be reached, the recent decline in interest rates has revived optimism and could potentially encourage traders to invest more heavily in commodities like copper.
According to data from J.P. Morgan, the current value of all nonbank-held commodities, excluding gold, accounts for approximately 0.5% of the total value of bonds, cash, and equities held. This figure is a decline from the peak observed during the post-pandemic period, where it reached close to 0.8% when copper was trading at $4.90. Nonetheless, it still remains slightly below the average seen after the financial crisis. This data implies that traders have room to accommodate more risk in commodities, which may serve as a motivator to buy more copper and capitalize on its potential upside.
In conclusion, the recent recovery in copper prices is likely to have a positive impact on Freeport-McMoRan stock. With various factors aligning in favor of copper, the previously projected milestone of $5 per pound seems within reach once again. As traders’ portfolios are able to tolerate more risk in commodities, we may witness increased investment in copper and a subsequent surge in its value.
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Overall, the potential gains from copper investment are highly valuable, even surpassing the allure of gold.