The charts that matter: copper hits a ten-year high

The price of copper has surged to its highest since the summer of 2011. Here’s what happened to the other charts that matter most to the global economy.

Welcome back.

In this week’s magazine, we’re taking a look at cronyism, sleaze, or, if you prefer, good old fashioned corruption. In our main feature, Stuart Watkins asks if we’re living in a “new era of sleaze”, and argues that not only does it destroy confidence in our government and institutions, but it destroys wealth as well. Elsewhere, on a more positive note, Max King looks at the best ways to invest in micro-cap stocks, and David Stevenson investigates the fast-growing world of equity crowdfunding.

In the podcast this week, Merryn talks to Tom Slater from one of MoneyWeek's favourite investment rusts, Scottish Mortgage. Tom is a big fan of growth stocks, and sees no reason to stop buying them. Because we know so many of you hold this trust, it's a longer than usual epsiode – and it's fascinating. Listen to what Tom has to say here.

This week’s “Too Embarrassed To Ask” video takes a look at Ponzi schemes, perhaps the best-known of the many financial scams people seem to get into, and explains what they are and how they work. Watch that here.

Here are the links for this week’s editions of Money Morning and other web stories you may have missed.

Now for the charts of the week.

The charts that matter 

Gold’s mini-rally dropped off a little.

Gold price chart

(Gold: three months)

The US dollar index (DXY – a measure of the strength of the dollar against a basket of the currencies of its major trading partners) continued to slide.

US dollar index chart

(DXY: three months)

The Chinese yuan (or renminbi) looked to be weakening against the dollar recently, but has strengthened in the last week or two (when the red line is rising, the dollar is strengthening while the yuan is weakening). 

USD/CNY currency chart

(Chinese yuan to the US dollar: since 25 Jun 2019)

The downward drift in the yield on the ten-year US government bond halted, as yields turned back up.

US treasury bond yield chart

(Ten-year US Treasury yield: three months)

The yield on the Japanese ten-year bond also arrested its decline.

Japanese government bond yield chart

(Ten-year Japanese government bond yield: three months)

The yield on the ten-year German Bund, continued its seemingly unstoppable rise towards positive territory.

German Bund yield chart

(Ten-year Bund yield: three months)

Copper’s raging bull market continued. It’s up by 26% so far this year and is up to its highest level since 2011.

Copper price chart

(Copper: nine months)

The closely-related Aussie dollar is wobbling higher along with copper.

AUD/USD currency chart

(Aussie dollar vs US dollar exchange rate: three months)

Cryptocurrency bitcoin recovered some of its losses, bit its meteoric rise seems to be over – for now.

Bitcoin price chart

(Bitcoin: three months)

US weekly initial jobless claims continued its downward trend, falling by 13,000 to 553,000, compared to 566,000 last week (revised up from 547,000). The four-week moving average fell to 611,750, down 44,000 from 655,750 (which was revised up from 651,000) the week before. It’s the lowest average number of claims since March 2020, when it was 225,500.

US initial jobless claims chart

(US initial jobless claims, four-week moving average: since Jan 2020)

The oil price seems to be making its way back up, but faces headwinds as India’s economy slows. India is the world’s third biggest oil market.

Brent crude oil price chart

(Brent crude oil: three months)

Amazon headed up – investors’ appetite for growth stocks has clearly not exhausted itself yet. 

Amazon share price chart

(Amazon: three months)

Tesla, however, slipped down, despite higher profits (though not all from selling electric cars – Tesla made $101m from bitcoin and $518m from “regulatory credits”).

Tesla share price chart

(Tesla: three months)

Have a great weekend. 

Ben

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