Copper and the Global Economy
Copper may be seen as an indicator for the world economy – much of the world’s infrastructure depends on this industrial metal. As one of the most widely used metals in the world, copper has traditionally seen greatest demand from nations that are actively involved in industrialization and urbanization. Outlook on copper is largely affected by the expectation of continued infrastructure development in emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil.

Profit Margins for Miners
According to BMO Capital Markets, the 2011 average cash cost for copper miners is forecast to be approximately $1.50/lb., making most copper miners profitable when spot prices pass this threshold. With spot prices averaging over $3.00/lb. since 2004, many copper miners have increased cash flow growth, reduced debt and expanded current copper projects for future growth.
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