BHP Billiton bullish on copper business, bleh on copper prices

|About: BHP Billiton Limited (BHP)|By:, SA News Editor

BHP Billiton (BHP) is betting strong returns from its copper business, even though copper prices are unlikely to rise in the near term, CEO Andrew Mackenzie says in an interview today.

The China shift to a consumer-led economy from a construction-led economy will reduce demand, but it might not be as bad as had been thought. "I don't like to comment on prices, but we have to prepare for a copper outlook around the current price, or perhaps a bit lower, that is around $3 per pound," he says.

Copper ETFs: JJC, CPER, CUPM

U.S.-traded copper miners: SCCO, FCX, TCK, GMO, SVBL, TLR