With 2012 now behind us it's time to start looking for some new long-term investments that have big potential gains in the New Year. Copper is one metal that has caught my eye.
The long-term monthly chart of the copper ETF JJC shows a potential cup and handle pattern accompanied with bullish volume characteristics. Last year copper traded sideways in a narrowing range. This type of price action tends to bore traders and investors forcing them to look elsewhere for new trades. The saying is "If the market doesn't shake you out, it will wait you out."
You can see on the monthly chart that the interest in this commodity diminished. You can tell because of the sideways movement and declining volume. I like to focus on investments that are out of favor but are showing signs of another big trend starting. Getting on the train before it leaves the station can make for a fun ride.
Take a look at the charts, analysis and my best copper stock setup below:
JJC - Copper Total Return ETN Profile
Description: The index includes the contract in the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index Total Return that relates to a single commodity, copper (currently the Copper High Grade futures contract traded on the COMEX).