Weekly Market Reports


12 July 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019

WEEKLY MARKET REPORT 

Week Ending 12th July, 2019

 AWEX Northern Micron Indices Comparison

AWEX INDEX

This Week

S02/19

This Week

M02/19

Last Sale

S01/19

Sydney

Change

Last Year

Sydney

Sydney Yearly

Change

17

2175

2133

2133

+42

2793n

-618

18

2143

2116

2107

+36

2435

-292

19

2043

2054

2024

+19

2282

-239

20

2033

2046

2009

+24

2242

-209

28

1045n

1053

1030n

+15

924

+121

30

-

861

835 (M)

+26 (M)

684 (M)

+177 (M)

MC

1010

990n

981

+29

1453

-443

MARKET FINISHES DEARER!!

Hopes were high that the market could continue its recovery from last week for the final sale before the annual 3 week winter recess. Solid gains on both days saw the AWEX EMI add 31 cents to finish at 1754. The push to secure wool was evident from the opening lot through to the end of the sale as buyers were keen to finish outstanding orders and new business for prompt shipment that was written 2 weeks ago. The small volume of wool on offer and the favourable FRX certainly helped lift all MPGs by 20 to 45 cents - some types with “good specs” were in the order of 20 to 100 cents dearer than the indicators.

Merino skirtings outdid their fleece counterparts as excellent demand saw prices ascend by 70 to 90 cents for all types regardless of VM, micron or yield. Cardings also continued their recovery. This sector saw gains of 25/30 cents as the MCI broke back through the 1000 cent mark to finish at 1010, a 29 cent gain. Crossbreds weren’t immune from the rising market as well with 28 to 30 micron 15 to 25 cents to the good.

There was much relief as the market continued its good start to the season after the hiding it took in June. One alarming figure to come out of the 2 opening sales is the small volumes, 65,000 bales offered compared to 84,400 in the corresponding sales 12 months ago, 19,350 less (23%). Confidence is a massive driver in any commodity market and wool is no different. The resumption of sales in the 1st week of August will be closely watched to see whether the positive buoyant mood can be transferred into meaningful volumes of new business to stabilise the whole supply chain as a mini recovery for 2 weeks has not convinced traders that we’ve turned a corner. The elephants in the room are still there: China/US tariff war, global economic growth slowdown, Brexit troubles, Middle East unrest and the ability of end users (manufacturers to retailers) to still absorb the higher prices will all play critical roles in price determination into the spring. 

AWI, in conjunction with local shearing contractor Hilton Barrett, have created a new and innovative shearing shed design to address work efficiency/safety, flow of sheep, animal welfare and quality wool prep. The shed will be open for display on Saturday 27th July from 10am to 2pm. The shed is located north of Dubbo, turn west off the Newell Hwy at Brocklehurst (Burraway Rd) go 2.5km then turn right. More info at awi.com.au/events.

Ag Concepts Fwd Prices as at 5 July, 2019        

Micron

Date

Low

High

21

9-Oct-19

1900

1900

 21 8-Apr-20 1900 1900

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Main Buyers (This Week)

1

Tianyu Wool

4131

2

Aust. Merino

3734

3

Techwool

3477

4

Fox & Lillie

3280

5

Endeavour Wool

2515

6

Modiano (Aust)

2036

Eastern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

1754 cents é 31 cents compared with 05/07/2019

Northern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

1780 cents é 31 cent compared with 05/07/2019

   AUD/USD Currency Exchange

0.6966 ê 0.0071 compared with 05/07/2019

5 July 2019

Friday, July 05, 2019

 WEEKLY MARKET REPORT 

Week Ending 5th July, 2019

 AWEX Northern Micron Indices Comparison

AWEX INDEX

This Week

S52/18

This Week

M52/18

Last Sale

S51/18

Sydney

Change

Last Year

Sydney

Sydney Yearly

Change

17

2133

-

2120

+13

2727n

-594

18

2107

2099

2090

+17

2443

-336

19

2024

2047

2002

+22

2289

-265

20

2009

2037

1984n

+25

2261

-252

28

1030n

1050

1060 (M)

-10 (M)

964

+66

30

-

835

835 (M)

0 (M)

675 (M)

+160 (M)

MC

981

939n

961

+20

1470

-489

FINALLY MARKET LEVELS OUT!!

The new season opened with, well not quite a bang, but a definitely better tone than the past 9 sales when losses totaled 228 cents since early May, just 2 sales adding up to a 71 cent gain and 7 weeks of falls worth 228 cents. On many occasions in this time did we hear that the market had bottomed out but that was not the case until this week. The market was solid on the opening day and strengthened at the end of the series to have all MPGs increase their values by 10 to 25 cents, the EMI up by 8 cents to 1723 as discounts for the inferior types shrunk and lots < 2% VM with the “right specs” were up to 20 cents higher than the indicators.

Skirtings’ fortunes also turned the corner as good style, low VM types added 10/20 cents to their previous values with all other lots fully firm. Cardings also shook off the falling trend to add 20 cents to the MCI as all wools in this sector rose by 10 to 30 cents. Crossbreds were the only sector not to see a price advancement as they couldn’t recover the 10/15 cent loss from the opening day.

A good start to the new season as new-found confidence and a change of sentiment has the market finally finding a level after several false starts in May/June. Plenty of business had been written over the weekend where mills were happy that the market had fallen to a level that allowed far more business to be written than over the past month. The outcomes from the G20 meeting where the Tariff War might be closer to a resolution and the historic meeting in Nth Korea seemed to stem the flow of global economic doom and gloom for now and paint a somewhat brighter picture for the short term.

Another factor for buyers to consider is the volume of wool on offer globally, especially merino wool. This sale had only 31,000 bales rostered, a fall of 13,000 (30%) from the corresponding sale last season and the smallest opening sale for the season since AWEX started in 1995. Final figures for the 2018/19 season are in and total wool tested by weight for the year was down by 11.7% nationally and 19% back in NSW. The average for the EMI was 1909c/kg and $2139/bale. The total volume of wool sold was down by 16% on the previous season, this due to less volume and the pass-in rate doubling from 5 to 10% and total value of the clip sold was $3.174 billion down from $3.424 billion the year earlier. The final sale before the 3 week winter recess has 34,800 bales on offer, hopefully a firm finish.

Ag Concepts Fwd Prices as at 5 July, 2019        

Micron

Date

Low

High

21

23-Oct-19

1900

1900

 21 11-Dec-19 1875 1875

Free knitted woollen jumpers for poddy lambs. Call into our office in Dubbo or Macdonald Rural at Brewarrina and take as many as you need. Many colours and styles to choose from!

Main Buyers (This Week)

1

Techwool

3310

2

Tianyu Wool

3221

3

Aust. Merino

2916

4

PJ Morris Wool

2528

5

Fox & Lillie

2400

6

Endeavour Wool

2270

Eastern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

1723 cents é 8 cents compared with 28/06/2019

Northern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

1738 cents é 7 cent compared with 28/06/2019

   AUD/USD Currency Exchange

0.7037 é 0.0043 compared with 28/06/2019

28 June 2019

Friday, June 28, 2019

WEEKLY MARKET REPORT 

Week Ending 28th June, 2019

 AWEX Northern Micron Indices Comparison

AWEX INDEX

This Week

S52/18

This Week

M52/18

Last Sale

S51/18

Sydney

Change

Last Year

Sydney

Sydney Yearly

Change

17

2120

-

2217

-97

2872n

-652

18

2090

2068

2187

-97

2524

-434

19

2002

2016

2090

-88

2368

-366

20

1984n

2008

2071

-87

2346

-362

28

-

1060

1091 (M)

-31 (M)

1028 (M)

+32 (M)

30

-

835n

885 (M)

-50 (M)

695 (M)

+145 (M)

MC

961

921n

985

-24

1482

-521

SEASON ENDS ON A SOUR NOTE!

Hopes of a solid market faded early in the week as futures were traded as much as 50 cents lower than the spot price indicating yet another bad sale ahead. Both days had similar losses to see the AWEX EMI collapse by 51 cents to 1715, now at its lowest point since December 2017. The worst performing microns were 18.5 and finer that fell by an average of 100 cents while broader MPGs gave up another 80/90 cents as 25% of the national fleece catalogue was passed-in with low yielding, tender types 150 to 200 cents cheaper than their superior counterparts, the finer the micron the bigger the discount.

Room 2 wools weren’t as adversely affected as skirting’s fell by 50 to 70 cents. Cardings looked to be the least affected sector as the MCI fell by 24 cents to 961 as most types retreated by 10 to 50 cents. This puts the Carding Percentile at just 12% for the past 5 years, ie it has been higher 88% of the time over the past 5 years.  The peak of 1563 was September, 2018, a 44% fall to today’s level. With the only meaningful volume of XB wool available in Melbourne their quotes had 28/30 microns off by 30 to 50 cents.

The market has ended the season on a sour note at 1715, a 400 cent fall from the dizzy heights of mid August when it peaked at 2115, a 19% fall. The EMI spent 11 weeks above the 2000 cent mark and 19 sales in the 1900s and 15 weeks below 1900.The month of June has seen a massive drop in the EMI, falling by 172 cents (9.1%), second only to the biggest monthly fall of March of 1991 when the Reserve Price Scheme was abolished. The year on year figures of wool offered show a drop of 11.9% - 225,180 bales less than last season. The actual volume sold was 296,325 bales less (16.6%) than last season. The FRX has had little movement over the year, depreciating by 3.63 cents with the pass-in rate climbing to 10.5% for the season from 5.6% the previous year. Is this the end of the “super-cycle” that started in 2016?? Despite the falls in the latter part of the season the 3 regional indicators are all higher than the commencement of the 2017/18 season.

Reasons are varied for the fall from grace for wool prices. As the global economy slows and consumer spending patterns tighten, excess stock of wool products from garments to tops are being reported in China. This, combined with the ongoing trade war (US/China), Brexit troubles and the attacks on the two oil tankers in the Middle East, we are sailing into uncertain times as global confidence wanes. Buyers are reporting no change in direction for the wool market to open the new season.

Ag Concepts Fwd Prices as at 28 June, 2019        

Micron

Date

Low

High

21

11-Dec-19

1900

1920


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Many colours and styles to choose from.

Main Buyers (This Week)

1

Tianyu Wool

2914

2

Aust. Merino Exp.

2302

3

Techwool

2240

4

Endeavour Wool

1940

5

Fox & Lillie

1927

6

PJ Morris Wool

1406

Eastern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

1715 cents ê 51 cents compared with 21/06/2019

Northern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

1731 cents ê 58 cent compared with 21/06/2019

   AUD/USD Currency Exchange

0.6994 é 0.0102 compared with 21/06/2019

21 June 2019

Friday, June 21, 2019

WEEKLY MARKET REPORT 

Week Ending 21st June, 2019

 AWEX Northern Micron Indices Comparison

AWEX INDEX

This Week

S51/18

This Week

M51/18

Last Sale

S50/18

Sydney

Change

Last Year

Sydney

Sydney Yearly

Change

17.5

2210

2167

2262

-52

2702n

-492

18

2187

2138

2238

-51

2538

-351

19

2090

2099

2144

-54

2374

-284

20

2071

2073

2128n

-57

2356

-285

21

2068n

2068

2120 (M)

-52 (M)

2344 (M)

-276 (M)

28

-

1091

1101 (M)

-10 (M)

1048 (M)

+43 (M)

30

-

885n

914 (M)

-29 (M)

699n (M)

+186 (M)

MC

985

953n

997

-12

1495

-510

FINALLY, IS THIS THE BOTTOM?!!

Just when we thought the wool market couldn’t get any worse it did. The AWEX EMI collapsed by another 57 cents to 1766, eclipsing the low point in early November (EMI at 1776) and now at its cheapest level since March, 2018. All MPGs fell by 45 to 60 cents with even the good spec types not immune from the lack of support for the first time in many weeks. 20% of fleece wool was passed-in on the first day as some lots were up to 100 cents cheaper or completely neglected.

Skirtings suffered the same fate as their fleece cousins, low VM (< 3%) with good L&S results lost 20 to 30 cents while the dusty, burrier types falling by 50 to 80 cents. Cardings continued their losing run as LKS remained unchanged while STN/CRT gave up another 20 to 40 cents. Crossbreds also couldn’t muster any support either as falls ranged from 10 to 30 cents for most types.

Buyer support was almost non-existent on the opening day as the market was almost in freefall despite the smallest weekly offering for exactly 10 years (19,000 bales) and the A$ falling below 69 cents and losing 1% against the Chinese Yuan. A lot of showfloor talk centred around the obvious lack of business and also possible defaults on payments through the processing pipeline - ie letters of credit (LCs) not being honored as financing issues for manufacturers bite as tight cash flow situations are hampering normal business practices. We could be at an attractive price that might see commitment to do business but the ongoing finance troubles and lack of supply to cover too much forward exposure is making mills hesitant to write big volumes of wool.

Most manufacturers sat out of the market as prices descended to what should be favourable levels but retailers are very hesitant to place new orders as consumer demand falls amidst slowing economic growth globally, Brexit uncertainty and the ongoing US/China tariff war restricting confidence. The movement of tops, carbo and yarn to fabric and garments is essential for the predictability of demand through the entire supply chain.

Despite the big opening day’s losses there was a definite change of attitude on the final day as prices steadied and losses were kept to a minimum even with the largest Chinese indent buyer still sitting on the fence and one of the other operators still purchasing but not to their full extent. We thought the bottom was a few weeks ago (1833) but the market has lost 121 cents over the past 3 sales. Hopefully this is it?? Will supply over-rule demand as SA now go into recess till mid August? With 3 sales to go here we are the only source of global supply in the short-term. A few buyers this morning thought that the market might hold at these levels after a bit of inquiry overnight and some business being written. Let’s hope so!!

Free knitted woollen jumpers for poddy lambs. Call into our office and take as many as you need.

Many colours and styles to choose from.

Main Buyers (This Week)

1

Techwool

2167

2

Tianyu Wool

1472

3

United Wool Co.

1465

4

Aust. Merino

1338

5

Michell Aust.

1176

6

Fox & Lillie

1163

Eastern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

1766 cents ê 57 cents compared with 14/06/2019

Northern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

1789 cents ê 53 cent compared with 14/06/2019

   AUD/USD Currency Exchange

0.6892 ê 0.0020 compared with 14/06/2019

14 June 2019

Friday, June 14, 2019

 WEEKLY MARKET REPORT 

Week Ending 14th June, 2019

 AWEX Northern Micron Indices Comparison

AWEX INDEX

This Week

S50/18

This Week

M50/18

Last Sale

S49/18

Sydney

Change

Last Year

Sydney

Sydney Yearly

Change

17.5

2262

2208

2345

-83

2689

-427

18

2238

2194

2318

-80

2503

-265

19

2144

2141

2193

-49

2281

-137

20

2128n

2125

2179

-51

2266

-138

21

-

2120n

2184 (M)

-64 (M)

2295 (M)

-175 (M)

22

-

2117n

2156 (M)

-39 (M)

2274 (M)

-157 (M)

28

1093n

1101

1115n

-22

1013

+80

30

-

914n

939 (M)

-25 (M)

694 (M)

+220 (M)

MC

997

975n

1021

-24

1476

-479


NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET

The market continued on its downward trend as the AWEX EMI lost 41 cents to 1823, its lowest point since early November when it fell to 1776. The past fortnight has seen the EMI lose 64 cents, completely wiping out the 54 cent rise of 3 sales ago. The slight fall in the A$ to low 69 cents didn’t help at all as the EMI in US$ terms gave up 39 cents to 1260. Finer types < 18.5 bore the brunt of the losses - 75 to 100 cents regardless of quality as the higher volume and low yields coupled with subdued demand take their toll on this sector. 19s and broader were wound back by 40/50 cents and, as has been the standard practice for some time in a falling market, better style wools (19 to 22 micron) with good specs were not discounted as much as the inferior, tender, dusty types.

The skirting sector also fell but not to the extent of the fleece types, as 10 to 30 cent losses covered most wools. Cardings fell by 10/20 cents for LKS and CRT while STN gave up 60 to 80 cents to see the MCI fall below 1000 cents, the lowest point for 5 years. Crossbreds weren’t immune from the falling trend as losses looked to be about 20 cents for 25 to 30 micron.

Processors and topmakers dominated the merino market and firm offer forward contractors held sway in the crossbred sector. The two large Chinese indent buyers were very quiet again this sale bar the final day that saw one of them increase their buying activity.

Industry discussion on welfare standards are never far off the agenda and recently the issue of use of pain relief products has been at the forefront. The good news is that there is beginning to be a realisation in some sectors internationally that Australian woolgrowers do practice best welfare standards particularly when pre and post anaesthetic and analgesia are used. The national wool declaration unfortunately only shows a 35% uptake of these products but the figure is likely to be a lot higher. Woolgrowers (merino and crossbred) have little to lose and everything to gain by getting right behind both the NWD and use of pain relief products. We need to protect our rights to grow wool and run our sheep the way we want to without either Govt. or anyone else using a big stick. Next week a very small offering in two centres of just over 20,000 bales should see the ship steady.

Free knitted woollen jumpers for poddy lambs. Call into our office and take as many as you need.

Many colours and styles to choose from.

Ag Concepts Fwd Prices as at 14 June, 2019

Micron

Date

Low

High

21

14-Aug-19

2030

2030

21 23-Oct-19 1980 1980

Main Buyers (This Week)

1

Techwool

2618

2

Tianyu Wool

2285

3

Fox & Lillie

2226

4

Aust. Merino

2117

5

United Wool Co.

1842

6

Endeavour Wool

1605

Eastern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

1823 cents ê 41 cents compared with 07/06/2019

Northern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

1842 cents ê 41 cent compared with 07/06/2019

   AUD/USD Currency Exchange

0.6912 ê 0.0059 compared with 07/06/2019

7 June 2019

Friday, June 07, 2019

WEEKLY MARKET REPORT 

Week Ending 7th June, 2019

 AWEX Northern Micron Indices Comparison

AWEX INDEX

This Week

S49/18

This Week

M49/18

Last Sale

S48/18

Sydney

Change

Last Year

Sydney

Sydney Yearly

Change

17.5

2345

2271

2388

-43

2693

-348

18

2318

2253

2361

-43

2519

-201

19

2193

2192

2211

-18

2271

-78

20

2179

2186

2197

-18

2256

-77

21

2174n

2184

2214 (M)

-30 (M)

2254

-80

22

-

2156n

2175 (M)

-25 (M)

2242n (M)

-86 (M)

28

1115n

1121

1125n

-10

1020n

+95

30

-

939n

935 (M)

+4 (M)

698 (M)

+241 (M)

MC

1021

992n

1036

-15

1479n

-458

MARKET CONTINUES ON ROLLER COASTER RIDE!!

The fickle nature of the wool market was no more evident than this week as, after a good recovery last series, the lack of any further sales with very little business written saw the market give up half of last week’s gains. The EMI fell by 23 cents to 1864 with little movement in the EMI in US$ terms (-7) to 1299 as the A$ ascended to a high point of 70 cents following the RBA’s announcement on Tuesday that saw interest rates cut to 1.25% and another cut sooner rather than later to try and stimulate the economy. All sectors of the market fell. Merino fleece indicators lost 20 to 45 cents with only the high yielding, low VM types with good AM results unaffected or even up to 20 cents higher with the inferior wools on the receiving end of large discounts (one dominant topmaker not competing on < 55% yield fleece wools). Skirtings took a battering as losses ranged from 40 to 60 cents. Crossbreds lost 10 to 30 cents depending on micron while in the Carding sector LKS and STN gave up 10 to 30 cents while CRT escaped the carnage as the MCI in Melbourne fell below 1000 cents to 992. Cardings have been belted since last September’s peak when the 3 centres averaged 1583, a fall of 567 cents to this sale’s average of 1016, a 36% fall.

Why the sudden change of sentiment?? That is anyone’s guess. Most traders were reporting that all the enquiry and new business for last sale was just that, a one week peak and back to a stalemate. The two biggest Chinese indent buyers were still virtually inactive with the slack taken up by their 2 largest topmakers and a few mills were reluctant to commit orders for this week’s sale with only 21,700 on offer. Also on the horizon, literally, is wool arriving from South Africa (10,000 to 15,000 bales) into China following the FMD embargo being lifted and a slight glut of wool to be processed there. Next sale has 29,000 bales on offer which might convince the fence-sitters to re-enter the market confident that the wool they need to buy is available. AWTA reports May testing figures are 17% less than May last year and progressive figures for the season are 11% behind the previous season - 302 mkg compared to 339 mkg.

Free knitted woollen jumpers for poddy lambs. Call into our office and take as many as you need.

Many colours and styles to choose from.

Ag Concepts Fwd Prices as at 7 June, 2019

Micron

Date

Low

High

21

11-Sep-19

2080

2120

21 27-Nov-19 2075 2075

Main Buyers (This Week)

1

Tianyu

2457

2

Fox & Lillie

2050

3

Techwool

1862

4

Aust. Merino

1848

5

Michell Aust.

1370

6

United Wool Co.

1300

Eastern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

1864 cents ê 23 cents compared with 31/05/2019

Northern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

1883 cents ê 26 cent compared with 31/05/2019

   AUD/USD Currency Exchange

0.6971 é 0.0046 compared with 31/05/2019

31 May 2019

Friday, May 31, 2019

 WEEKLY MARKET REPORT 

Week Ending 31st May, 2019

 AWEX Northern Micron Indices Comparison

AWEX INDEX

This Week

S48/18

This Week

M48/18

Last Sale

S47/18

Sydney

Change

Last Year

Sydney

Sydney Yearly

Change

17

2409

2286

2380

+29

2885

-476

18

2361

2282

2317

+44

2554

-193

19

2211

2228

2163

+48

2316

-105

20

2197

2215

2149n

+48

2258

-61

21

-

2214

2137n (M)

+77 (M)

2263 (M)

-49 (M)

22

-

2181n

2131 (M)

+50 (M)

2246n (M)

-65 (M)

28

1125n

1123

1071 (M)

+52 (M)

1023

+102

30

-

935

888 (M)

+47 (M)

709 (M)

+226 (M)

MC

1036

1046n

1019

+17

1470n

-434

MARKET REBOUNDS WITH A VENGEANCE!!

The wool market’s resilience has been no more evident than in this sale following the fortnight of big losses. Signs that prices may have leveled last Thursday with very minor downward adjustments gave growers hope that fortunes would turn and a rebound was imminent. Talk on Friday that business was written the previous night and the market would be okay was on the money with one buyer sending texts that the market would be “definitely dearer” as plenty of new business was done on Friday afternoon.

All sectors of the market rose as the EMI posted a 54 cent gain to 1887 wiping out almost half the losses of the 2 previous sales. The rise was similar in US$ terms, 46 cents to 1307 as the slight ascendency in the A$ had no adverse effect. The mid microns (18 to 22) had the largest gains, 40 to 50 cents while < 18 added 20 to 35 cents with buyers desperate to secure the limited volume of superior types (100 cents higher) with the inferior types even playing catch-up as lack of quantity came into play. Skirtings clawed back the recent losses with rises of 30 to 50 cents. LKS drove the MCI up as they gained 20 to 30 cents and, after the 2 sale savaging that XBs took, their prices recovered by 50 cents.

Why the sudden change of sentiment?? Trying to figure that out is nearly impossible. Fundamentals haven’t changed, global economic growth is slowing, consumer confidence in China has dipped, the US/China trade war is still raging, there is price resistance at the retail end and last stage processing and still the ongoing problems in the UK with Brexit and a new British PM on the horizon. These past few weeks are just a classic case of how things can change in the blink of an eye, from “doom and gloom” to “all good” overnight. When they need to buy wool nothing else matters and when the market falls there are many varied theories as to why.

Where to from here?? Commodity markets have a habit of fluctuating widely and the wool market is no different. One certainty is the lack of volume. The national offering this season to date is 215,000 bales (12%) less than last year. For the past 2 sales and the next 3 to come, the average weekly volume is just 23,000 - 4,000 bales/week less than last season. Will the tight supply be enough to keep the market trending dearer???

Free knitted woollen jumpers for poddy lambs. Call into our office and take as many as you need.

Many colours and styles to choose from.

Ag Concepts Fwd Prices as at 31 May, 2019

Micron

Date

Low

High

21

28-Aug-19

2080

2080

21 27-Nov-19 2050 2050

Main Buyers (This Week)

1

Techwool

3093

2

Fox & Lillie

2927

3

Aust. Merino

2730

4

Endeavour Wool

2552

5

Tianyu Wool

1534

6

Lempriere

1520

Eastern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

1887 cents é 54 cents compared with 24/05/2019

Northern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

1909 cents é 40 cent compared with 24/05/2019

   AUD/USD Currency Exchange

0.6925 é 0.0048 compared with 24/05/2019

24 May 2019

Friday, May 24, 2019

WEEKLY MARKET REPORT 

Week Ending 24th May, 2019

 AWEX Northern Micron Indices Comparison

AWEX INDEX

This Week

S47/18

This Week

M47/18

Last Sale

S46/18

Sydney

Change

Last Year

Sydney

Sydney Yearly

Change

17

2380

2248

2418

-38

2834n

-454

18

2317

2240

2365

-48

2501

-184

19

2163

2146

2231

-68

2261

-98

20

2149n

2144

2189n

-40

2193

-44

21

2129n

2137

2200 (M)

-63 (M)

2189 (M)

-52 (M)

22

-

2131n

2177 (M)

-46 (M)

2185 (M)

-54 (M)

28

-

1071

1180 (M)

-109 (M)

995 (M)

+76 (M)

30

-

888n

981n (M)

-93 (M)

716 (M)

+172 (M)

MC

1019

1036n

1056

-37

1449n

-430

MARKET FALLS SHARPLY BUT BOTTOM IS IN SIGHT!!

Further negative sentiment from buyers saw the market retreat even more as the AWEX EMI lost 60 cents to 1833 and 49 cents in US$ terms to 1261. These indicators are now 150 and 241 cents behind levels from this time last year, 7.5 and 16% lower with the A$ 9% less at 68.7 cents. The major decline in the market was on the opening day as sentiment steadied on the final day. All micron indicators fell sharply, 40 to 80 cents with the familiar pattern of better style, low VM and the odd non-mulesed lot selling at market rate or up to 50 cents clean better with the tender, burrier, low yielding types getting smashed by up to 200 cents.

Skirtings also bore the brunt of poor buyer sentiment as low   VM fine types fell 50 to 70 cents while burrier lots gave up 70/100 cents. Cardings weren’t immune from the falling market either as all types lost 20 to 60 cents. The shine has certainly come off the XB sector after its stellar run since January. 26 to 28 micron lost 100 cents while 30s and < 26 fell 50 cents. This equates to a 219 cent (14%) collapse for 28s over the past 2 sales.

All the problems that led to the market falling last week are still well and truly in place. The lingering trade dispute/tariff war between the US and China is the major factor contributing to the slowdown in the Chinese economy and a sudden dip in their consumer confidence is flowing through mills reluctant to purchase wool as price pressure is mounting from manufacturers and retailers that are struggling to move dearer stock of fabric, garments and yarn that is building up in volume. Costs have also become dearer at early stage processing with scouring costs escalating with more water needed to combat the dustier wools and higher wastage costs incurred.

In response to their economic slowdown the Chinese government has loosened monetary policy ie lowering interest rates on consumer debt (mortgages) and devaluing their currency (Renminbi) against the US$ which has fallen sharply since tariffs were raised to 25% making Chinese exports to the US cheaper.

The EMI has fallen 120 cents (6%) over the past 2 sales. Even with a favourable FRX rate, the A$ at its lowest point since the GFC and weekly offerings under 30,000 bales the market has suffered. Let’s hope the steadier market on Thursday is a signal that we’re at a level where new business has been written and prices ascend!!

Ag Concepts Fwd Prices as at 24 May, 2019

Micron

Date

Low

High

21

28-Aug-19

2130

2130

Main Buyers (This Week)

1

Fox & Lillie

2299

2

Aust. Merino

1804

3

Endeavour Wool

1541

4

United Wool Co.

1265

5

Tianyu Wool

1154

6

Techwool

941


Eastern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

1833 cents ê 60 cents compared with 17/05/2019


Northern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

1867 cents ê 68 cent compared with 17/05/2019

   

AUD/USD Currency Exchange

0.6877 ê 0.0039 compared with 17/05/2019

17 May 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019

WEEKLY MARKET REPORT 

Week Ending 17th May, 2019

 AWEX Northern Micron Indices Comparison

AWEX INDEX

This Week

S45/18

This Week

M45/18

Last Sale

S44/18

Sydney

Change

Last Year

Sydney

Sydney Yearly

Change

17

2418

2302

2480

-62

2786n

-368

18

2365

2299

2413

-48

2437

-72

19

2231

2218

2288

-57

2204

+27

20

2189n

2189

2259n

-70

2143

+46

21

-

2200

2246 (M)

-46 (M)

2138 (M)

+62 (M)

26

1455n

1413n

1523 (M)

-110 (M)

1396n

+59

28

-

1180

1323 (M)

-143 (M)

1006 (M)

+174 (M)

30

-

981

1005 (M)

-24 (M)

714 (M)

+267 (M)

MC

1056

1039n

1093

-37

1422

-366

MARKET FALLS. UNCERTAIN TIMES AHEAD!

The stalling market last sale turned into a full blown collapse this week as the fears that a lot of processors not being able to pass on the higher wool prices to downstream users finally caught up with growers. Manufacturers and retailers are seeing more and more resistance from consumers for the higher priced garments - this wool being purchased over a few peaks in the market that now were deemed as unsustainable through the pipeline. Adding to the sour sentiment is the ongoing trade tension and increased tariffs on Chinese goods exported to the USA. Demand has been lowered by current price structure and the trade war and weaker global growth. China buys 75-80% of our wool and consumes half of that with the USA - a big purchaser of tops, yarn and finished goods.

Losses were across the full spectrum as the EMI lost 59 cents to 1893, its lowest point for six months. All merino indicators lost 50 to 70 cents with the poorer style types up to 120 cents behind these new price levels with some lots 200 to 300 cents clean down from their original valuation. Skirtings lost 40 to 50 cents. Cardings also bore some savage losses. STN fell 70/110 cents, LKS 20 to 30 while CRT remained unchanged; the 3 centres averaged 44 cent falls. Crossbreds took some big hits also.  Most XBs have climbed by 50% since Christmas but this came to an abrupt halt this sale. Losses ranged from 110 to 145 cents in Melbourne for 26 and 28 microns (10% falls). The national pass-in rate escalated to 22%.

This week’s falls came as FRX rates favoured the A$, now 69.15 cents and small volumes are being offered. This does not always guarantee a rising market. The US/China trade dispute flared up this week as the US announced a 25% import duty to be imposed immediately on US$200 billion of products from China, up from 10%. Included is greasy and semi-processed wool, yarn, fabric and carpets but not wool clothing. China retaliated with its own 25% tariff targeted at agricultural products. News came through late last Friday on the lifting of the ban of South African wool exports to China. Scoured wool can be imported and greasy wool is subject to temperature conditions as the FMD dies over time dependent on the temp, the higher the temp the quicker it dies. Just 25,000 bales are on offer next week but, unfortunately, we may see more of the same.

Ag Concepts Fwd Prices as at 17 May, 2019

Micron

Date

Low

High

21

28-Aug-19

2130

2130

21 09-Oct-19 2130 2130

Main Buyers (This Week)

1

Fox & Lillie

3194

2

Aust. Merino

2803

3

United Wool Co.

1966

4

Seatech Ind.

1900

5

Endeavour Wool

1760

6

Techwool

1408


Eastern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

1893 cents ê 59 cents compared with 10/05/2019


Northern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

1937 cents ê 52 cent compared with 10/05/2019

   

AUD/USD Currency Exchange

0.6916 ê 0.0058 compared with 10/05/2019

10 May 2019

Friday, May 10, 2019

WEEKLY MARKET REPORT 

Week Ending 10th May, 2019

 AWEX Northern Micron Indices Comparison

AWEX INDEX

This Week

S45/18

This Week

M45/18

Last Sale

S44/18

Sydney

Change

Last Year

Sydney

Sydney Yearly

Change

17

2480

2364

2493

-13

2771n

-291

18

2413

2347

2425

-12

2389

+24

19

2288

2279

2304

-16

2154

+134

20

2259n

2247

2278

-19

2074

+185

21

-

2246

2260 (M)

-14 (M)

2048 (M)

+198

26

-

1523

1511 (M)

+12 (M)

1330 (M)

+193 (M)

28

-

1323

1308 (M)

+15 (M)

999 (M)

+324 (M)

30

-

1005n

1005 (M)

0 (M)

703 (M)

+302 (M)

MC

1093

1089n

1094

-1

1397n

-304

MOMENTUM STALLS BUT FOR HOW LONG?

The week to week national catalogue was reduced by 24% to 32,800 bales. The FRX was in favour of the A$ that dropped to a 3 year low below 70 cents. Many buyers were reporting that processors need to purchase wool after orders had been placed and the short term forecast for quantities in the low 30,000 range should have augured well for a rising market?? Not necessarily as one of the 2 big buyers for China was still cautious in their purchasing patterns securing only 4% (down on their usual 10/15%) of the volume bought. Their absence and a “sit and wait” approach by most other exporters saw the market drift by 8 cents to 1952 and 13 cents to 1361 in US$ terms with most falls on the final day of sales. The indicators gave up 10 to 20 cents as good style types barely moved while dustier wools came off as much as 50 to 70 cents in some cases.

The skirting market split into two as < 17 micron lost 20/30 cents while all others were solid to sellers’ favour. Cardings had a steadier sale as the East Coast indicators were unchanged to a touch dearer while in Fremantle their MCI gave up 25 cents to have all 3 markets within 5 cents of each other (1089 to 1094). Crossbreds  had subtle rises, up to 10 to 15 cents that continued to create new records since reporting these microns began, 1976 (30 micron) and 1983 for 28s and 26s within 20 cents of their all time record set in June, 2018.

Key data was released this week on Australian wool exports’ destinations and value. The season to March has volume exported down by 12% (an obvious fall in production) but an increase in value of 3% indicating just how good the market is going. Countries to lose volume were: China back by 17%, Czech Republic 36%, Egypt &Taiwan 24% and Malaysia down by 41%. China’s value was just 1% lower with India and Italy + 14%, Czech Republic -21%. The big mover is Thailand, their volume up by a massive 167% on the previous season and value climbed by 145%, a sign that more and more processing plants are relocating from other parts of Asia to the lower wages/costs countries. 33,300 bales are rostered next week. We will offer 1072 on Thursday and, hopefully, all exporters are operating to full capacity to secure the dwindling volume on offer.

Ag Concepts Fwd Prices as at 10 May, 2019

Micron

Date

Low

High

21

19-Jun-19

2260

2260

21

21-Aug-19

2240

2240

21 13-Nov-19 2125 2125

Main Buyers (This Week)

1

Fox & Lillie

3700

2

Aust. Merino

3473

3

Tianyu Wool

3355

4

Techwool

2880

5

Endeavour Wool

1294

6

Seatech Ind.

1181

Eastern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

1952 cents ê 8 cents compared with 03/05/2019

Northern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

1989 cents ê 8 cent compared with 03/05/2019

   AUD/USD Currency Exchange

0.6974 ê 0.0047 compared with 03/05/2019