One look at the chart says it all - Copper is knocking on the door of overhead chart resistance and is threatening an upside breakout.
The catalyst has been continued improvement in recent Chinese manufacturing economic data. Traders are also optimistic that this evening's upcoming overnight release of China's monthly purchasing managers' index is going to be positive.
Also, today's US pending home sales data was a big mover of the market. Sales rose 6.1% in May compared to the previous month. The estimates were for a very modest 1.1% increase. The red metal leapt higher when the data hit the wires as it was much better than expected. Bears were caught off guard by the surprisingly strong number and wasted no time covering.
Copper bulls are banking on improved numbers coming from the two largest consumers of the red metal ( China and the US).
Also, there is behind the scenes talks occurring among banks and traders caught up in the double and triple counting metal schemes to split losses. That seems to have lessened the impact from any expected forced sales of copper in the event that the Chinese authorities force the loans to be called.
It's funny isn't it how one day the market is terrified of losses and then the next day it could care less. Such are the fleeting vagaries of sentiment. One never knows when it will change or what it will decide to focus on from day to day. Let's just say that for now, looking at the chart, Copper is convinced that economic data is going to be improving as we move forward into the summer months.
Let's keep a very close eye on this chart. It is one of the most accurate indicators of global economic activity that I know of.
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