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Copper price heads for biggest quarterly plunge since 2011

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Other industrial metals were also headed for their biggest quarterly fall in several years, down between 20% and 40%.

“We still see metals falling as a recession in the US is fully priced in,” said Commerzbank analyst Daniel Briesemann.

Copper fell 19.8% in the first quarter of 2020 when covid-19 spread worldwide. There has been no other quarterly plunge on that scale since 2011.

“Right now fund managers are evidently in no mood to worry about copper’s micro dynamics. It’s the big picture that counts, and the big picture is one of darkening economic clouds on the horizon,” wrote Reuters columnist Andy Home.

Briesemann said copper could slip as low as $7,000-$7,500 in Q3, but prices should rise towards the year-end.

(With files from Reuters)

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