J.P. Morgan’s (NYSE: JPM) bid to launch the first physically backed copper exchange traded fund has been met with heated opposition. Now, the Securities and Exchange Commission has delayed its judgement on the investment product’s viability, again.

The SEC pushed back the deadline ruling on J.P. Morgan’s planned copper ETF to Dec. 14, citing more time needed to go over the consequences of a physically-backed copper fund on metal flow and prices, reports Josephine Mason for Reuters. The regulator is also weighing on the fate of the iShares Copper Trust, which is scheduled for a Dec. 24 ruling. [Physically-Backed Copper ETFs Still Waiting in the Wings]

“The Commission finds it appropriate to designate a longer period within which to issue an order approving or disapproving the proposed (fund),” SEC said in a statement.

Over the past two years, J.P. Morgan has tried unsuccessfully to get approval for the JPM XF Physical Copper Trust that would allow investors to easily trade physical copper like other precious metals, such as gold, silver and platinum.

U.S. copper fabricators contend that the proposed ETF would disrupt supply and inflate prices since the copper ETF would require up to 180,000 metric tons of copper as collateral – the global market trades with around 20 million tons. Naysayers fear that there would not be enough metal available for immediate delivery to prevent a short-term squeeze.

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