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Copper is the brand new oil, and costs will soar 50% to $15,000, analyst says



Copper is rising as the subsequent indispensable industrial commodity, mirroring oil’s rise in earlier many years, a high commodities analyst mentioned.

This time round, new forces within the economic system, specifically the arrival of synthetic intelligence, explosion of information facilities, and the inexperienced vitality revolution, are boosting demand for copper, whereas the event of recent weapons is including to it as properly, in line with Jeff Currie, chief technique officer of Vitality Pathways at Carlyle.

“Copper is the brand new oil,” he instructed Bloomberg TV on Tuesday, noting that his conversations with merchants additionally reinforce his bullishness. “It’s the highest-conviction commerce I’ve ever seen.”

Copper has lengthy been a key industrial bellwether as its makes use of vary broadly from manufacturing and building to electronics and different high-tech merchandise.

However billions of {dollars} pouring into synthetic intelligence and renewable vitality are a comparatively new a part of copper’s outlook, Currie famous, acknowledging that he made an analogous prediction in 2021 when he was an analyst at Goldman Sachs.

“I’m assured that this time is lift-off, and I believe we’re going to see extra momentum behind it,” he mentioned. What’s completely different this time is there are actually three sources of demand—AI, inexperienced vitality, and the navy—as a substitute of simply inexperienced vitality three years in the past.

And whereas demand is excessive, provide stays tight as bringing new copper mines on-line can take 12 to 26 years, Currie identified.

That ought to ultimately ship costs hovering to $15,000 per ton, he predicted. Coppers costs are already at report highs, with benchmark costs in London at about $10,000 per ton, greater than doubling from the pandemic-era lows in early 2020.

In some unspecified time in the future, the worth will get so excessive that it’s going to create “demand destruction,” which means patrons balk at paying a lot. However Currie doesn’t know what that degree is.

“However I am going again to the 2000s, I used to be bullish on oil then as I’m on copper in the present day,” he added, recalling that crude shot up from $20 to $140 per barrel on the time. “So the upside on copper right here may be very vital.”

Copper was additionally a key catalyst in BHP’s proposed a takeover of Anglo American, a $40 billion deal that might create the world’s high copper producer. However Anglo has rejected the supply and just lately introduced plans to restructure the group, together with promoting its diamond enterprise De Beers.

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