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Arizona's copper economy (access required)

Where Copper is King • Solvent-extraction tanks of the BHP Billiton SX-EW facility sit below the hilltops of Miami, Ariz.The main driver behind the price increase for metals is increasing demand in emerging economies in the world. Even as the U.S. economy slows, demand for commodities remains strong worldwide.“Commodities offer an opportunity that’s non-correlating to ...

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