Copper hits four-month high, set for highest monthly rise since Sep 2012

Copper hits four-month high, set for highest monthly rise since Sep 2012

Copper prices are usually a good indicator for economic trends and equity markets.

Copper prices climbed to a four-month high Friday in London, driven by shrinking supplies and predictions that China, the metal’s No. 1 consumer, will help lift demand for industrial metals in 2014.

In New York, however, the red metal was that lucky, falling for the first time in three days as London traders caught up after a two-day holiday.

Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange traded at $7,365 a tonne, up 1.3% since hitting $7,410 last August.

Copper prices are on track reach an almost 5% increase this month, which would be their biggest monthly gain since September 2012. However, they still remain 7% lower in the year to date.

On the Comex in New York, copper for delivery in March plunged 0.5% to $3.3815 a pound by 8:40 am ET.

Dr. Copper, as investors call the industrial metal, is usually a good indicator for economic trends and equity markets.

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