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Copper futures are hedging tools that offer price mitigation opportunities to a range of copper market participants. They also provide global price discovery and opportunities for portfolio diversification, as well as:
Things to know about the contracts:
Copper, one of the oldest and easily mined commodities, is the world's third most widely used metal, after iron and aluminum. Five thousand years ago, people learned to alloy copper with tin, producing bronze and giving rise to a new age.
Copper today is primarily used in highly cyclical industries such as construction and industrial machinery manufacturing. Profitable extraction of the metal depends on cost-efficient high-volume mining techniques, and supply is sensitive to the political situation particularly in those countries where copper mining is a government-controlled enterprise.