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Mon, Sep. 22, 2:58 PM
- Commodity prices as measured by the Total Return Bloomberg Commodities Index reaches new five-year lows, hit by a strengthening dollar, the prospect of a record grain harvest in the U.S. and concerns over weakening economic growth in China.
- The index has dropped more than 12% since the end of June amid falling prices for commodities such as crude oil, soybeans and gold.
- Even industrial metals, one of this year’s best performers in commodities, have started to come under pressure; nickel has dropped 10% since the end of June, copper prices are at three-month lows, and iron ore trades below $80/ton for the first time since 2009.
- ETFs: USO, AGQ, OIL, DBA, CORN, USLV, UCO, ZSL, UGL, SCO, DGP, GLL, JJC, RJA, JJG, UGLD, BNO, WEAT, DZZ, DTO, SOYB, DBO, DSLV, DGL, CRUD, DBS, DAG, DGZ, JJA, DGLD, USL, GRU, DBE, UWTI, JJN, DNO, DWTI, RJN, USV, RGRA, AGA, UBG, AGF, CPER, SZO, BAR, FUD, USAG, OLO, UAG, WEET, DIRT, JJE, BARS, TAGS, NINI, CUPM, ONG, RGRE, ADZ, OLEM, UBN
Mon, Aug. 11, 6:58 AM
- Indonesian officials say there are no plans to withdraw the seven-month old ban on exports of unprocessed nickel ore and bauxite.
- The country was the world's top exporter of nickel ore and a major bauxite producer until this past January, when the ban was issued in order to force miners to build smelters.
- Last month, the government allowed several firms producing partially processed minerals such as copper concentrate to resume exports, although Indonesia's chief economic minister Chairul Tanjung says the same rationale does not apply to unprocessed exports of nickel ore and bauxite.
- "Nickel is different because if you are smelting in Indonesia the added value is much higher than copper," says Tanjung. "Because of that it's a separate issue."
- ETFs: IDX, JJC, EIDO, COPX, CU, IDXJ, JJN, CPER, NINI, CUPM
Wed, Jun. 4, 3:13 PM
- Foreign copper miners in Indonesia have agreed in principle to pay an export tax, the country's deputy finance minister says, following talks aimed at restarting concentrate exports after a five-month halt.
- Freeport-McMoRan (FCX +1.5%) and Newmont Mining (NEM +0.4%), which together account for 97% of Indonesia's copper output, had argued they should be exempt from the tax as introduced in January, which kicks in at 25% and rises to 60% in 2016 before a total concentrate export ban in 2017.
- FCX CFO Kathleen Quirk tells an investor conference in Chicago today that the company expects to resume exports very soon and the export tax would be "significantly reduced."
- Copper for July delivery, the most actively traded contract, suffers its biggest one-day drop since April as a resolution nears; also there are concerns that a probe of metals warehousing at a Chinese port could hurt demand if China clamps down on copper-based financing.
- ETFs; JJC, CPER, CUPM
Thu, Apr. 3, 2:40 AM
- A 7.8 magnitude earthquake has struck northern Chile just a day after one of 8.2.
- However, although Tsunami warnings were issued on the coast, they have now been cancelled, and there were no initial reports of casualties or serious damage from the second quake.
- Glencore Xstrata's (GLCNF, GLNCY) and Anglo American's (AAUKF, AAUKY) Collahausi mine said it is continuing the "process of normalization" without problems following an evacuation of workers because of Tuesday's quake.
- Teck Resources (TCK) and Southern Copper (SCCO) also have mining operations in Chile; the latter's were continuing normally following the first quake.
- ETFs: JJC, CPER, CUPM
Wed, Apr. 2, 3:19 PM
- Normal operations are expected to resume by day's end at Anglo American (AAUKF, AAUKY) and Glencore's (GLCNF, GLNCY) Collahuasi copper mine in Chile after a major earthquake forced a production shutdown.
- Collahuasi produced 445K metric tons of copper content last year and accounts for nearly 6% of Chile's overall output.
- The rest of Anglo American's operations in Chile, mostly located further south, weren't affected by the earthquake.
- Southern Copper (SCCO) said last night its mining operations in the country continued normally.
- ETFs: JJC, CPER, CUPM
Thu, Mar. 20, 8:00 AM
- Metals continue to lead the way down in commodities following the FOMC results and Yellen press conference. Unless something happens to change the Fed's mind, QE will end this fall and rate hikes are starting about one year from today.
- Gold -1.4% to $1,322 per ounce - as recently as Monday, the metal was challenging $1,400. Silver -2.6% to $20.28. Copper -2.2% to $2.92 per pound. Platinum -1% to $1,437 per ounce. Palladium -2.1% to $752. WTI crude oil slips another 0.4% to $98.76.
- Gold's retreat over the last couple of sessions has wiped out all of March's gain.
- ETFs: GLD, SLV, AGQ, IAU, PHYS, SIVR, USLV, PPLT, PALL, ZSL, SGOL, UGL, DGP, GLL, DZZ, UGLD, DSLV, DGL, DBS, GLDI, GLTR, PTM, DGZ, SLVO, AGOL, DGLD, DBP, WITE, PGM, TBAR, USV, UBG, JJP, GLDE, GYEN, RGRP, GEUR, GGBP, BLNG, JJC, CPER, CUPM
Wed, Mar. 19, 8:08 AM
- China's copper consumption will grow for more than a decade as demand from the world's top user of the metal remains robust despite fears of an economic slowdown, a top executive at Freeport McMoRan (FCX) says.
- Worries over slower growth in China, which accounts for 40% of global copper consumption, helped send prices to a 44-month low last week, down 12% YTD.
- China's import volumes should remain brisk even if its GDP expansion slows to 3%-4%, while a recovery in the U.S. and European economies also should support copper consumption, FCX believes.
- ETFs: JJC, CPER, CUPM
Fri, Mar. 14, 7:37 AM
- "The creaks and groans in the copper price reflect the sound of the tunnel supports giving way," writes SocGen professional bear Al Edwards. "Decoupling" is the "most dangerous word in finance," he says, and slumping metals prices isn't just about some temporary local issues in China. "Do not rely on decoupling. Do not rely on central bank liquidity. Do not reply on hope. Hope is a false friend in these markets."
- The price of copper has slid to about a 4-year low this week (though it's up 1% this morning), amid China's slowing economy and fears of a for-the-books credit bust-up.
- Copper ETFs: JJC, CPER, CUPM
- Broad market ETFs: PRF, VV, SCHX, NY, JKD, FEX, EQL, EEH, SPXH, TRSK, FWDD, PXLC, ERW, ALTL, SYE
Wed, Mar. 12, 6:56 PM
- While steep drops in copper, iron ore and coking coal prices have spooked investors, KGHM chief Derek White says there's no need for mining executives to panic - at least not yet.
- There's no real threat to copper mining operations at a long-term copper price ~$3/lb., White says, but that could change if the price drops below $2.50 for a prolonged period.
- Iron ore prices have performed better than expected in recent years, and this week’s drop brings them closer to many forecasts; analysts believe most iron ore projects are fine at a long-term price above $100/metric ton.
- Coking coal's current $110/metric ton is still not low enough to disrupt most operations, with some exceptions; TD Securities expects Teck Resources (TCK) to defer its Quintette project in British Columbia until the market recovers.
- ETFs: XME, COPX, CU, JUNR, PICK, JJC, DBB, CPER, RJZ, BOM, BOS, JJM, BDD, CUPM, RGRI, UBM, BDG, USMI, HEVY
Tue, Mar. 11, 12:02 PM
- A continued wave of morning selling has brought copper lower by 4.3% on the session to $2.95 per pound, the weakest level since the summer of 2010.
- Copper started the year at $3.40 and its swift decline this week comes amid horrid Chinese export numbers, a plunging price of iron ore, and chatter about defaults and banks calling in loans in China.
- JJC -3.1%
- Other copper ETFs: CPER, CUPM
- Copper producer ETFs: COPX, CU
Fri, Mar. 7, 2:34 PM
- Copper futures slumped to their biggest loss in more than two years as investors worried about slowing growth in China, which accounts for 40% of the world's copper demand.
- Traders were spooked by China's first default on a bond traded in the mainland, which comes amid broader fears about the impact of China's economic slowdown on demand for industrial metals.
- Copper prices have lost 9.2% YTD as signs of faltering growth in China have raised the outlook for a surplus.
- Top publicly traded producer Freeport McMoRan (FCX) -4.8%.
- ETFs: JJC, CPER, CUPM
Fri, Mar. 7, 8:58 AM
- A check of asset markets following what's currently being interpreted as a strong nonfarm payroll report (175K jobs added vs. 154K expected; UE rate up to 6.7%): Flat ahead of the number, stock index futures are up by 0.5%; gold is down 1.1%, silver down 3.2%, copper off 2.9%; the dollar is up a bit, but mostly against the loonie after a weak jobs number in Canada.
- DIA +0.5%, GLD -1%, SLV -2.9%, JJC -3%, UUP +0.15%
- Previously: Treasury yields fly higher after payroll report.
- Related ETFs: GLD, SLV, DIA, AGQ, IAU, PHYS, UUP, SIVR, USLV, ZSL, SGOL, UDN, UGL, DGP, DOG, GLL, DXD, JJC, DZZ, UDOW, UGLD, SDOW, DSLV, DDM, DGL, DBS, GLDI, DGZ, DBV, AGOL, DGLD, SLVO, FORX, TBAR, UDNT, UUPT, USV, UBG, CPER, GLDE, GYEN, CUPM, GEUR, USDU, GGBP
Tue, Feb. 4, 3:28 PM
- Copper's posting a middling gain of 0.4% in afternoon action, but it's enough to break a nine-session losing streak - the longest going back to December 1995. No mystery - the selloff came thanks to global growth worries brought on by a mini-meltdown in emerging markets and weak numbers in the States. Today's gain comes as equity markets stabilize.
- At $3.20 per pound, the metal has fallen from about $3.40 at the start of the year, but remains within the $3-$3.40 range it's been in since April.
- Related ETFs: JJC, CPER, CUPM
Fri, Jan. 10, 8:58 AM
- Commodities have their tails in the air following the slow payroll number, with gold up 1% to 1,240 per ounce, silver up 2.2% to $20.80, copper gaining 1.2%, and crude oil ahead 1.7% to $93.21.
- With this morning's gain, gold is up more than 3% on the year.
- Related ETFs: GLD, SLV, USO, IAU, AGQ, OIL, PHYS, UCO, SIVR, USLV, ZSL, SGOL, UGL, DGP, SCO, GLL, JJC, DZZ, DBO, DTO, UGLD, DGL, DSLV, DBS, CRUD, DGZ, AGOL, GLDI, DGLD, USL, SLVO, DNO, TBAR, SZO, UWTI, USV, OILZ, UBG, CPER, DWTI, OLO, CUPM, OLEM, TWTI
Dec. 27, 2013, 4:29 AM
- The WSJ shines a light onto "shadow warehouses," a hidden system of facilities that store tens of millions of tons of aluminum, copper, nickel and zinc across the globe for banks, hedge funds and commodity merchants.
- The warehouses operate outside the London Metal Exchange's system, are unregulated, and don't provide details of their holdings. As a result, it's unclear how much metal is held in the shadow system. This lack of visibility could cause major price swings.
- The WSJ article follows allegations that warehousing companies have artificially boosted the price of metals, particularly aluminum.
- Companies that operate metals warehouses include Goldman Sachs (GS), Glencore Xstrata (GLCNF) and JPMorgan (JPM), although the latter is looking to sell its commodities unit.
- Relevant tickers include VALE, AA, AWC, KALU, MNSF, CENX, NOR, BHP, RIO, ACH.
- ETFs: DBC, JJC, DBB, DJP, GSG, RJI, GCC, USCI, CFD, JJN, JJT, BOM, RGRC, CPER, CTF, RJZ, GSC, LSC, GSP, JJU, DEE, BDD, BOS, JJM, DYY, DDP, DJCI, LD, CMD, BCM, CUPM, UCI, RGRI, UCD, UBM, FOIL, BDG, LEDD, CMDT, SBV, USMI, DPU, NINI, FTGC, CSCB, CSCR, HEVY
Nov. 18, 2013, 11:40 AM
- Freeport McMoRan (FCX) has agreed to pay nearly a third more in annual processing charges to China's leading copper smelters, likely increasing the pressure on rival BHP to raise its own offer on the charges, Reuters reports.
- China's top copper producer reportedly agreed with FCX to treatment and refining charges of $92/metric ton and $0.092/lb. for term copper concentrate shipments in 2014, setting the benchmark for the region, vs. $70/metric ton and $0.07/lb. charged by the smelters from Freeport this year.
- BHP, whose opening offer of $80 and $0.08 offer to Chinese smelters last week now looks low, is meeting the smelters for a second round of talks this week.
- ETFs: JJC, CPER, CUPM.
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