For the Quarter Ending June 2022
Copper Wire prices in Chile fell during the second quarter of 2022. According to market participants, supply concerns have been exacerbated by dwindling Chilean production and conflict with local communities near copper mines in Peru. Droughts in Chile's Antofagasta and Atacama regions have forced manufacturers to rely on seawater and desalination plants. Furthermore, Chilean state-owned copper mining company Codelco announced the closure of its Ventanas smelter, which had been closed for maintenance and operational adjustments following a recent environmental incident that sickened dozens in the region. The Peruvian copper mine Las Bambas has been closed for the first two months of the second quarter of 2022, resulting in the layoff of approximately 3,000 miners. The suspension has disrupted Minerals and Metals Group's (MMG) supply of Copper raw materials and caused delays in delivering long-term Copper concentrate orders.
Copper Wire prices in China fell during the second quarter of 2022, owing to waning sentiments. Because of the ongoing domestic epidemic in April, market demand was low, logistics transportation was disrupted in many places, and downstream processing firms' operating rates were significantly lower. Investors were concerned about global stagflation in May, as US stocks fell and the US dollar index rose. Furthermore, the current domestic epidemic is weighing on copper consumption, and market sentiment is negative. However, the manufacturers witnessed multiple spot transactions of copper ores between smelters and mines with traded treatment charges in June. Certain smelters had a specific demand for spot clean Copper ore in Q3 2022, but the market was still short of pure Copper ore. Few Chinese and Japanese smelters are in the process of negotiating long-term orders for the middle of the year.
During Q2 2022, Copper Wire prices fell in the European market due to low demand and limited regional transactions, despite inflationary pressures and supply bottlenecks. According to market participants, rising US inflationary pressures have bolstered the case for the Federal Reserve's aggressive stimulus to rein in price coercion, raising fears of a recession. The administrators are becoming more hawkish, rattling risk assets across markets. Traders claim that recession fears are weighing on Copper Wire prices. Inflation and supply are still tight in the mid-second quarter. However, copper prices are falling as concerns about a slowdown in industrial movement across major economies coincide with a drop in Chinese demand. At the same time, the European Central Bank raised its inflation forecast at its June meeting and announced plans to begin a gradual and sustained rate hike.
For the Quarter Ending March 2022
In South America, the Copper wire prices showcased an increasing trend in Q1 2022 owing to the soaring prices of raw material Copper. Because of the rising price of Copper as raw material, Copper wire costs in South America witnessed an increasing trend in Q1 2022. The supply disruption caused by the dispute between Russia and Ukraine drives this price increase. During the conflict, supply concerns resurfaced when operations at Southern Copper's Cuajone mine in Peru were interrupted due to the residents blocking water and other critical supplies. According to local authorities, more than 18 percent of Peru's Copper production is reportedly disrupted. Various mines, notably the Cuajone Copper mine, Glencore's Antapaccay Copper mine, and MMR's Las Bambas Copper mine, have been impeded by Peruvian miners. Local miners believe they haven't benefited from the rising inflation in Copper prices.
In India, the Copper wire prices showcased an increasing trend in March owing to the soaring prices of raw material Copper. This surging in prices is primarily backed by the stretched supply chain provoked by the geopolitical uncertainties between Russia and Ukraine. Additionally, the sanctions imposed by the western nations on Russia have two-folded the impact on the global supply chain of Copper, as Russia is a significant producer of Copper. Additionally, India imports Copper primarily from Peru and Chile. However, the Peruvian miners have hampered the mining activities of various mines. Local miners assert that they haven't received a payoff from the increasing prices of Copper. Market players expect the Copper wire prices to come under pressure as the supply growth outstrips demand as output from new projects hits the market.
In Europe, Copper Wire prices witnessed a soaring trend during the first quarter of 2022 due to the rising geopolitical uncertainties and increasing costs of raw materials. This ascending trend is also backed by the supply chain disruptions caused by the Russia-Ukraine war. However, the high prices of Crude oil, coal, and power in the regional market further heightened the inflationary pressure amid rising raw material prices forcing the market player to embark more aggressively. During the conflict, robust demand for Copper amidst the lower inventory levels further provoked the supply concerns to resurface. Moreover, the sanction imposed by Australia on Russia came into force with increased supply putting additional pressure on the market and the already stretched supply chain.