NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Dec 4, 2012) - China's slowing economy, which is set to grow at the slowest pace in over a decade, has recently shown much needed signs of improvement. Copper prices last week surged to a 6-week high on rising demand from China, who accounts for approximately 40 percent of global demand. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Copper Industry and provides equity research on Teck Resources Ltd. (NYSE: TCK) and Taseko Mines Ltd. (NYSE: TGB)(TSX: TKO).
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A recent survey has shown that manufacturing in China, the world's second largest economy, expanded for the first time in 13 months. HSBC's Purchasing Managers' Index last week rose to 50.4 for November, any reading above 50 signals expansion. China's leaders have slashed interest rates twice since June and have announced $150 billion in infrastructure projects in attempts to boost its slowing economy.
Recent estimates from Barclays PLC have shown that copper demand will exceed supply by 316,000 metric tons in the first half of 2013, before reaching a surplus in the second half of the year. Global demand for copper is expected to grow by 3.4 percent to 20.85 million tons in 2013, while China's demand is expected to grow by 5.5 percent to 8.1 million tons.
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Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. The company recently announced that it has raised its dividend to $0.45 per share, a 12.5 percent increase over the prior dividend.
Taseko is the owner (75%) and operator of the Gibraltar Mine, the second largest open pit copper-molybdenum mine in Canada. Taseko's New Prosperity Project, which is currently in the Environmental Assessment process, is one of the largest undeveloped gold-copper deposits in the world. The company reported copper production of 23.7 million pounds of copper at their Gibraltar in the third quarter of 2012.
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