Archive for the ‘Asia’ Category

China Iron Ore Imports Rise in September

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Chinese iron ore imports rose in September, according to Reuters data, as the country’s steelmakers ramped up output in the face of global trade tensions about the country’s steel exports.

Thomson Reuters Supply Chain and Commodity Forecasts data showed 82.5 million tonnes of iron ore, which is used in steelmaking, arrived at Chinese ports in September – up 2.5 percent on August and not far off July’s near record levels.

The data, based on ship tracking and port figures, does not completely tally with official Chinese customs figures, but typically doesn’t vary from them by more than 4 percent. China, which consumes some two-thirds of global sea-born iron ore, will release official trade figures for last month on Oct 8.

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G20 Pledges to Tackle Global Steel Glut

Monday, September 5th, 2016

G20 leaders have pledged to work together to address excess steel capacity that has punished the global industry with low metal prices for years while raising tensions between China and other major producers.

A statement from the White House said that leaders at the G20 summit in Hangzhou, eastern China, on Monday (September 5) accepted that overcapacity in steel and other industries is a global issue that requires a collective response.

Proposals for the formation of a global forum that would seek a global solution and report back to the G20 next year underscore the growing resolve to support a sector that has long been grappling with chronic oversupply and sluggish demand.

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Indonesia to Hold Coal Output Steady Despite Price Rally

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Indonesian thermal coal miners will be unable to ramp up output this year due to logistical and debt constraints, despite a strong price rally in recent months, the Indonesian Coal Mining Association said.

Global thermal coal prices have risen sharply on an unexpected jump in imports from top consumer China as it curbs local capacity, as well as demand from other emerging Asian markets and even developed economies, particularly South Korea.

However, Indonesian coal producers that slashed output in recent years due to slumping prices are not expected to be in a position to quickly boost output, association chairman Pandu Sjahrir told news agency Reuters.

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Chinese Steel Futures Swing to Losses on Week Demand

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Chinese steel futures swung to losses after a moderate gain on Monday (July 25) as cooling demand in flood-hit regions outweighed output cuts in a key industrial region.

Spot steel prices in some northern regions fell after the floods interrupted transportation and sales as well as hit demand, despite a mandated output cut in Tangshan, a key steel producing area, traders said.

“The positive news is a bigger output cut, particularly for coking plants, in Tangshan, but demand has also been hit by floods in some regions. The market could be volatile this week,” said Yu Yang, an analyst with Shenyin & Wanguo Futures in Shanghai.

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Chinese Commodities Rally on Hopes of Stimulus to Boost Economy

Monday, July 4th, 2016

Chinese commodities from nickel to cotton surged on Monday (July 4) on hopes Beijing will unleash more stimulus to prop up a sluggish economy, brightening the outlook for raw material demand.

An official survey on Friday (July 1) pointed to China’s weak manufacturing sector in June with export orders and inventories falling and factories shedding more workers.

“There are headwinds in the domestic market and exports and for the government to achieve its macroeconomic targets they need to focus on more stimulus in the second half of the year. That will be good for commodity demand,” said Helen Lau, an analyst at Argonaut Securities in Hong Kong.

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Oil Prices Steady Following Brexit Vote but Worries Over Refined Products Glut Looms

Monday, June 27th, 2016


Oil prices steadied on Monday (June 27) as market participants better absorbed the shock of last week’s vote in Great Britain to leave the European Union and as analysts said Brexit would have a limited impact on global fuel demand.

Brent crude futures were up 17 cents at $48.58 a barrel by 0844 GMT and U.S. crude was up 2 cents at $47.66 a barrel.

Both crude benchmarks closed down around 5 percent on Friday (June 24) amid plunging global financial markets as results from a referendum defied bookmakers’ odds to show a 52 percent to 48 percent victory for the campaign to take Britain out of the EU.

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Saudi Aramco Oil Price Hike Amid Robust Demand

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest crude exporter, raised pricing on most oil grades for sale to Asia and the U.S. in July after the nation’s energy minister said demand was robust.

State-owned Saudi Arabian Oil Co. increased its official selling price for Arab Light crude by 35 cents a barrel to 60 cents more than the regional benchmark for sales to Asia, it said in an e-mailed statement.

The company, known as Saudi Aramco, was expected to raise the premium for shipments of Arab Light crude by 40 cents a barrel to 65 cents a barrel more than the benchmark for buyers in Asia, according to the median estimate in a survey by Bloomberg of five refiners and traders in the region last week.

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Gold Keeps Shining in the Best Rally in Two Months

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Nothing seems to be slowing down the gold market, even when speculators take a step back.

Bullion has been on a tear, with futures last week posting the biggest advance in two months. Hedge funds missed the party, reducing their wagers on a rally by the most since they turned bullish in January.

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Commodites Hit as China Flounders

Monday, August 24th, 2015

A Golden Exodus?

The focus of online commodity trading news has centred around the events in China over the past few days. With the Shanghai Composite Index falling no less than 8.5% before slightly rebounding, investors in precious metals such as gold have been selling off some of their holdings in order to recuperate losses. As this metal has been performing considerably well over the past month, it only makes sense that such a liquidation occurred. However, some wonder as to whether or not online commodity traders will seek to buy back their holdings with the continued volatility of the markets. While China has announced that it is reducing its interest rates by 0.25%, some experts wonder if this will be sufficient to bolster their weakening economy. Thus, we may very well see a resurgence in gold prices as investors once again look for a traditional safe haven against the open markets. (more…)

Why is the oil price up and down?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Commodities and North KoreaIn the latest roundup of commodity trading news, oil and gold have once again attracted the attention of many traditional and online traders. One newsworthy story is the rebounding of global oil prices after last week’s sharp knee-jerk reaction over the release of rather poor United States employment data.

Despite the fact that crude futures dropped sharply last Wednesday and Thursday, we have seen many investors buy on the dip and therefore prices have become more buoyant during the first half of this week. Whether this upward momentum continues is uncertain, for one of the factors affecting the weaker prices previously seen is the fact that a strong supply of crude in the States has helped push prices downward.
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