Copper Prices Are Continually Declining and That’s Bad News for The Economy

Copper Via Unsplash by Ra Dragon
Copper Via Unsplash by Ra DragonCopper Via Unsplash by Ra Dragon

The consistent plunge in copper prices is likely to continue further, according to Fairlead Strategies’ Katie Stockton, and although that could be viewed as a good sign for taming inflation, it’s bad news for the broader economy.

Copper prices are often viewed as a significant indicator of the broader economy and a dependable barometer of economic health as the industrial metal is used as an input in a vast majority of goods sold. As demand rises for copper due to economic strength, so does the price, and vice versa.

Copper prices have been plummeting since their early March high of about $5 per pound, with the metal sliding more than 30% to $3.41 per pound. Stockton expects the plunge to continue, arguing that copper could dip another 11% from Thursday’s close to $3.14 per pound.

Signup for the USA Herald exclusive Newsletter

“Copper prices have lost short-term momentum after rolling over below cloud-based resistance last week. Now back below initial support from the 50-day moving average, copper’s loss of momentum within its prevailing downtrend increases risk to Fibonacci support at $3.14 per pound,” Stockton said.