BHP) recently took a positive view on the metal as customers restock supplies and push premiums up. Lastly, copper trends are positive in Japan, which saw increases in copper wire and cable shipments for the seventh month in a row -- despite weak GDP growth. As mentioned earlier, some ways to play copper include: iPath Dow Jones Copper Index, which is a senior, unsubordinated, unsecured debt security designed to provide investors with cost-effective exposure to copper. PowerShares DB Base Metals, which holds futures contracts in copper, aluminum and zinc and allocates a 33% weighting to each commodity. iShares MSCI Chile Index, which offers exposure to Chile, which accounts for nearly one-third of global copper production. When investing in these equities it is important to consider the inherent risks that are involved. To help protect against these risks, investors should use an exit strategy that identifies specific price points at which downward price pressure is likely to be seen. Such a strategy can be found at www.SmartStops.net. --Written by Kevin Grewal in Houston. At the time of publication, Grewal held shares of the iShares MSCI Chile Index.
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