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Copper price rises on hopes for better demand in 2023

The copper price rose on Friday as low inventories and hopes for economic recovery next year offset a slackening in near-term demand in China caused by a surge in covid-19 cases.

Copper for delivery in March rose 1.6% on the Comex market in New York, touching $3.81 per pound or $8,382 per tonne.

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While some analysts expect the metal to rise towards record highs of $11,000 in 2023, weakening economic growth has pulled prices down 14% this year.

“Demand is not there,” said Robert Montefusco at broker Sucden Financial.

Copper could move higher in early 2023 but this would require more economic stimulus in China — the top consumer — and an improvement of sentiment on wider markets, he said.

China expects a peak in covid-19 infections within a week, a health official said, as authorities predict extra strain on the health system and the virus ripples through business.

(With files from Reuters)

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