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Copper ETF Rally Catches Traders Flatfooted


The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Copper ETN (JJC) rallied more than 6% on Friday after the better-than-expected jobs report for April. The beaten-down commodity could be set up for an extended bounce since so many traders are bearish on copper.

“Base metals are seeing a wave of short covering here on the back of non-farm payrolls — copper is leading the way,” a metals trader told Reuters.

The copper exchange traded note has rallied the past two days after falling to its lowest level in nearly three years. [Copper ETF Drops to Lowest Since June 2010]

Copper prices on Friday were on track for their biggest daily gain in almost 18 months, according to Reuters.

Kimble Charting Solutions points out a bullish technical situation in copper that could lead to a sustained rally. The commodity fell to a key support line just as sentiment on copper collapsed to levels last seen at the 2009 financial crisis lows.

iPath Dow Jones-UBS Copper ETN