Copper is one of the metal commodities that has been traded through MCX. MCX stands for the Multi Commodity Exchange. MCX is the exchange where you can trade commodities such as gold, silver, nickel and agricultural products like cotton, coffee, turmeric, etc. just like the BSE exchange where stocks of companies are traded. The trading mechanism done through MCX is pretty transparent, and it is disciplined with the regulatory framework.
What Is Copper?
Worldwide, metal consumption, copper stands third after steel and aluminium. Copper is a non-precious metal and also a good conductor of electricity. It has outstanding strength, resistance to corrosion and flexibility, which makes it a preferred and safest conductor of electrical wiring installations in buildings.
It is a commodity whose wealth directly indicates the state of the world's economy. Therefore, copper is also called as Dr Copper. Copper is produced in more than 25 nations today. Land-based reserves are calculated at 1.6 billion tonnes of copper, and resources in deep-sea nodules are evaluated at 0.7 billion tonnes.
Reasons for trading Copper price:
Economic, societal and technological factors influence supply and demand for copper. Globally, about one-third of all copper consumed is recycled copper. Investing in copper is a smart way to bet on a long-term supply/demand imbalance.
Due to the global distribution of copper production, the chance of copper disruption in global supplies is low. But, on the other hand, because of the copper's significant role in the construction and power transmission, any interruption in supplies will have a considerable effect on the economy.
Trade participants like Producers, processors, exporters, marketers, and SMEs with exposure to copper can manage their price risks by hedging. When contingency situation rises, modern risk management techniques and strategies, including market-based risk management financial instruments like 'Copper Futures', suggested on the MCX platform can improve efficiencies and combine competitiveness through price risk management. The value of risk management, thus, cannot be exaggerated.
Copper has various industrial uses that it would be practically unthinkable to build the infrastructure of a country without it. The copper demand will grow as the developing regions such as Eastern Europe, Asia, and the African continent improve their economies and try to expand and modernize their infrastructure.
As developing markets grow, demand for housing should follow in those countries as well — copper gains from active housing markets.
Factors Influencing the MCX Copper Market Price:
Indian copper prices reflect the current global market and obviously the USD–INR exchange rates.
Commodity-specific situations, such as the construction of new production plants or processes, new uses or the discontinuance of traditional uses, unexpected mine or factory closures due to natural disaster, supply disruption, strike, accident, and so on), or industry restructuring—all influences the price of copper.
Trade policies established by the government (implementation or discontinuation of taxes, penalties and quotas) affect supplies as they manage (restricting or encouraging) material flow.
Before trading in Copper, it's better to know the Contract Specification of Copper:
The contract starts at 1st of a contract launch month and the last trading day falls on the last day of the calendar of the contract expiry month. If the contract launch date falls on a holiday, then the following day the contract starts. Whereas, if the contract expiry day falls on a holiday, the previous day the contracts expire.
Trading Period: Mondays through Friday
Trading Session: Monday to Friday: From 9.00 a.m. to 11.30 p.m. / 11.55 p.m*
Trading Unit: 2.5 MT (2500 Kilograms)
Quotation/ Base Value: 1 kg
Price Quote: Ex-Warehouse at Chennai district in Tamil Nadu (excludes only GST).
Maximum Order Size: 70 MT (70,000 kilograms)
Tick Size (Minimum Price Movement): 5 Paisa per kg
Daily Price Limits Normally, the base price limit will be 4%. Whenever there is a breach in the base daily price limit, the relaxation will be allowed to 6%.In case, if the 6% base price limit the daily price limit will be relaxed up to 9% after a cooling-off period of 15 minutes.
Extreme Loss Margin: 1%
For individual clients: 7000 MT or 5% of the market-wide open position, whichever is higher for all copper contracts combined.
For a member collectively for all clients: 70,000 MT or 20% of the market-wide open position, considerably whichever is higher for all Copper contracts combined.
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