Copper Market Trends: Long Term Opportunity Brewing
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Copper Market Trends: Long Term Opportunity Brewing

Copper Market Trends: Long Term Opportunity Brewing

Copper Market Trends

Updated March 2023

When updating articles, we post the current view at the beginning and provide historical perspectives afterwards as reference points, allowing readers to determine our predictions’ accuracy.

2023 outlook

In contrast to the prevailing consensus, we at Tactical Investor believe that the dollar will likely put in a multi-year top in 2023, paving the way for solid rallies in commodities such as copper and gold and potentially unleashing a wave of actual inflation in the United States. While some may attribute the recent record-high copper prices to issues with supply and inflation, we believe that it is primarily a result of misguided political decisions made by world leaders, with the United States policies being a prime example.

Despite a brief setback, copper has remained remarkably steady and has even surged beyond the 4.50 mark, challenging the notion that the global economy is in dire straits. However, this also means that the market will likely be range-bound for years, presenting a significant challenge for long-term investors primarily focusing on indices. Yet, this could present a rare and lucrative opportunity for traders willing to embrace contrarian views and utilize market psychology and technical analysis.


Now to the Historical analysis

While the majority were panicking and becoming more bearish with each day’s passage, we noted that copper gave off an early warning signal of impending change.

Upon examining the copper charts, it doth appear that the economy and copper art are trending in the same direction. Doctor Copper doth appear now to be closer to a bottom than a top, and hence from this; we can infer that the market’s art also close to putting in some bottom if one doth takes a long-term perspective. Copper doth hath a tendency of putting in a bottom well in advance of the markets and the economy, and it doth provide an early warning signal of a potential change in market direction.

During the last strong correction, which lasted from 2000 until early 2003, copper put in a bottom towards the end of 2002, well before the markets and the general economy. Thus a change in direction here will provide the first signs of a turnaround. If the Dow trades down to the 7200 ranges and or puts in a new 52 week low, while copper starts to trend higher, it will be a very strong long-term bullish sign. Market Update Dec 23, 2008.


After trading as low as 120, copper has mounted a rather strong comeback in a matter of days. After breaking below the very important support zone of 140.50-142.00, it was able to remarkably trade above it with ease. Former strong support zones normally turn into very strong resistance points; its ability to break past it with such ease suggests that copper has or is very close to putting in a long-term bottom. Copper is one of the first markets to recover and thus a recovery here would be another positive sign for the equity markets. Market update 6th January 2009.

It is now giving the first signs of a long-term bottom formation, even though in the short-term, there is a possibility it could momentarily spike down to the 105-110 ranges. From a long-term perspective, the current pattern indicates a long-term bottom, and traders would be wise to start looking into the possibility of taking small bites in some of the key players in this sector. If for some reason, copper trades down to the 110 range, traders should view this as a long-term screaming buy. A close above 160 would significantly diminish the chances of copper trading down to the 110 range. Published on the 10th of January 2009.

The channel formation has moved from the 120-150 ranges to the 140-160 ranges, and even though copper has not yet managed to trade above 150 for 12 days in a row, the fact that the channel formation is moving higher is a bullish sign. As a result of the strength in the channel formation, copper now would need to trade above 150 for only 7-9 days to indicate that the next target is 180. Global Pulse 2nd March 2009.

Copper traded past 150 for nine days in a row and, in the process, hit its first upside target of 180 before pulling back. The next objective for copper would be to trade past 180 for 3-5 days in a row and, in doing so set up a pattern that would trigger a move up to the 220-240 ranges before a stronger correction takes hold.



The above chart doth indicate that copper is going to run into rather strong resistance at or around 250; it shall take several attempts ere copper can break past this zone of resistance, but once it breaks past this zone, there is virtually no resistance until about 300.

Copper continueth to trade well off its lows, and a break past 180 wilt be a very strong confirmation that the Dow could rally for another two months before correcting again. Market Update March 10, 2009

As copper is an early predictor of the stock market and economic strength, continual strength in the copper markets shall indicate that the markets have more upside potential. Copper did trade and close above 180, so the 1st sign of additional upside hath been given. The higher copper trades, the stronger the overall market becomes, and if Copper can trade to the 220-240 range, then there is a good chance that the Dow could trade past 9000 before the next correction begins.


The chart spanning 3 years also affirms that the price level of 250 is going to present a significant hurdle in the future. In the short-term, copper is expected to rally and test its primary downtrend line, which, on both the 1-year and 3-year charts, equates to a price range of 225-250.

Copper appears to have established a bottom that has lasted for several months, and it is poised to surpass its prior highs and establish a series of new highs that will last for decades. If copper prices should test their recent lows, traders should quickly purchase as much copper as possible. Copper equities have already risen considerably, and if copper achieves the suggested objectives, most equities should see gains of over 50

Copper Market Trends: Concluding Thoughts

Copper appears to have put in a multi-month bottom and is now on its way to testing the 225 range and possibly higher. If, by some miracle it should trade down to the 140 range again, long-term traders should look at it as an early Christmas gift and load the truck up. There are many good plays in the copper sector, some of the small chaps will lock in higher gains on a percentage basis, but FCX is a good play for those seeking a blue chip stock that is also a Gold and Silver producer.

Taking a long-term perspective copper is still a bargain; a day will come when its current all-time high will look cheap, so one can imagine how the majority will feel in the years to come when instead of buying aggressively, they sat moping around waiting for the experts to guide them.

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. Not everyone can be Number 1. Arthur Ashe1943-1993, African-American Tennis Player


Relationship between Copper and the stock market

  1. “Copper price offers insight into the economy, stock market” (CNBC):
  2. “Why copper is a bellwether for the stock market and the economy” (MarketWatch):
  3. “Copper: The Indicator to Watch for Stock Market Investors” (Investopedia):
  4. “Copper prices signal stock market recovery” (Financial Times):
  5. “Copper prices have been climbing, and that’s good news for the stock market” (CNN Business):

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