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On the LME markets it’s been a steady week other than Copper which is down 3.5%. The AUD/USD is currently at 76.52 up from last week’s 75.28.   * * * WEEK IN REVIEW: All about the base – London, 5 August (Argus) * *…


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Thankfully we have started the week with a resolution to the Federal election which combined Australia’s longest campaign with the longest count duration. Elsewhere uncertainty remains in Europe with Brexit, and the LME commodity markets continue to drift along sidewards until the political and economic…


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Metals this week so far have seen some improvements with investors looking to avert risk in commodities. Although positive for our prices this week – these haven’t directly translated into local  price improvements due to a spike in AUDUSD.  With US Markets closed for Independence Day…


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The retail punting on Chinese steel and rebar future markets was looking shaky and no surprise that both commodities had their worse week on record with a weekly fall of 12%. These two items have now unwound 80% of their recent rally which we hope…


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On the markets it’s been a strong week for copper and aluminium with the USD Prices rising 4.2% and 6.1% respectively. There have been numerous explanations given, including prices been driven by speculation by the retail future traders (gamblers) and/or perceived improved world economic conditions.…


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In LME markets, Copper and Aluminium have suffered another week of declines (2.8% and 2.2% respectively in USD terms).  Ni has been a bright spot with a 3.8% rise, however there is always a lag in Ni volatility and the relative intrinsic values in the…


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In the LME markets, Copper has had a weak 5 days dropping 2.5%, whilst Aluminium rose 3.4%. The AUD/USD exchange rate is currently at 76.04 up from last week’s level of 75.4. Newspaper reports refer to the weak oil prices, fragile global growth front and…


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It’s been a busy night overnight with iron ore rising a massive 18.5% on the belief (ie nothing fundamental) that Beijing’s pro-growth policies will improve demand in China. Other commentary also refers to the catching out of short sellers, who in a rising market are…


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Our thoughts this week are with the residents of Fiji who have been battered by category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston with winds up to 325 kilometres per hour. We are hopeful that with time, the residents will rebuild their homes and go back to a…


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Newsletter – Weak manufacturing data from China

On Monday it was a familiar story out of China with weak economic data in the form of the Purchasing Managers Index readings. A reading below 50 implies contraction and no surprise it came in at 48.6. This caused LME prices to slightly fall but…


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