Bloomberg Businessweek reported today that Copper prices have dropped 0.7 percent on the LME since an 8.2 magnitude earthquake put Chilean mines in danger on April 1. Industry leaders will discuss falling prices for the metal at Cesco 2014, the industry’s annual meetup taking place this week in Santiago. Talks will likely focus on Chinese stimulus efforts as well as the anticipated copper surplus for this year.
As quoted in the publication:
As tremors continue to shake northern mines, it will be the prospect of the biggest global glut since the so-called super-cycle began — and how miners are reacting by shelving expansions and shoring up balance sheets — that dominate discussion at the industry’s annual get-together in Santiago this week. Chile, the top producer, is opening three mines in a year, more than it has started in the past decade.