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How Many Copper Stocks Do You Have? (Part 1)

11 October 2007 - Features - Editor

Why do stocks of companies with the best copper mines represent such durable values? Which metal can compete with copper in terms of versatility and longevity? Artisans, chemists, and engineers show rare unity in their clamor for this timeless metal, which has been by our side ever since the dawn of civilization. Energy transmission and electronic communication systems ensure that modernity will not diminish the demand for copper in any way. Scientists are hard at work to leverage the remarkable physical and chemical properties of copper even further, so any company with mines can rest assured as far as demand for its product is concerned. Stability of demand is a principal driver of all stocks with long term holding potentials.

Copper stocks are your best bet if you are concerned about the heirloom value of your portfolio

As always, there is a catch! Though technologists cannot conceive of a world without copper at any foreseeable point in the future, demand for the metal is not isolated from general economic sentiment. Copper demand swings with changes in macro-economic trends. The early 1980s saw steep reductions in copper consumption as a result of blinding recession. The message is clear: do not speculate in copper stocks, or buy them to make a quick buck! Rather, the optimal approach would be to look for bargains during recessionary spells, and to wait for upturns in national economies. It is worth noting that the versatility of copper makes for global demand, regardless of the country on which one focuses for trading in stocks.

A handful of about 10 nations accounts for half of all copper production. Emerging economies such as those of Peru and Papua New Guinea focus on increasing total domestic production, regardless of price trends; more powerful and diversified ones, such as those of United States and Canada, prefer to hold back when prices fall, and work on productivity improvements instead. Investors can choose between alternate copper stocks based on how management teams respond to price, demand, and technology trends. The best companies combine cutting edge management practices with a broad base of mining rights in distant parts of the globe. They are also active in prospecting for new reserves and on expanding the total supply base. Differences in strategies could see consolidation within some segments of the industry in the near future.

How Many Copper Stocks Do You Have? (Part 2)

 


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