Weekly Market Reports


24 August 2018

admin Macwool - Friday, August 24, 2018

WEEKLY MARKET REPORT

Week Ending 24th August, 2018

AWEX Northern Micron Indices Comparison

AWEX INDEX

This Week

S08/18

This Week

M08/18

Last Sale

S07/18

Sydney Change

Last Year

Sydney

Sydney Yearly

Change

17

2917

2915

3007

-90

2274

+643

18

2617

2589

2682

-65

2169

+448

19

2393

2386

2465

-72

1862

+531

20

2303

2291

2376

-73

1663

+640

21

2280

2269

2341

-61

1640n

+640

22

2259n

2265

-

-98 (M)

1532 (M)

+733

26

1489n

1538n

1507

-18

1149n

+340

28

930n

970

944

-14

883n

+47

30

-

711

736 (M)

-25 (M)

660 (M)

+51(m)

MC

1526

1534n

1515

+11

1102

+424

ERRATIC UPS AND DOWNS FRUSTRATE GROWERS

The fickle and erratic nature of the wool market has been no more evident than over the past 2 sales. After the sky-rocketing ascendency of prices last sale (the largest weekly rise in 16 years) the market retreated almost as rapidly on the opening day of this week’s sale. It was a market of 2 complete contrasts from buying wool like there was “no tomorrow” in sale 7 to drawing bids from exporters this week was like “pulling teeth”!! The market collapsed from the opening lot. Losses ranged from 35 to 90 cents in the opening session to a day of consolidation to end the series where 19.5/20 micron were the only microns to suffer as all microns retreated by 60 to 95 cents for the week. By week’s end the AWEX EMI gave up 48 cents to fall back to 2068. As the FRX appreciated for its low point of 72.55 a week ago to mid 73 cents, this saw the EMI fall just 18 cents in US$ terms to 1519. No micron or type was immune from the massive change in buyer sentiment as discounts for faults opened up to excessive levels as some good spec types did perform well, outdoing their indicators by up to 40 cents but some lots were well shy of their value (100 to 150 cents clean) as we passed-in 33% of our fleece offering.
Skirtings followed a similar pattern to the fleece wools - an opening session fall of 30 to 40 cents for all types and styles regardless of VM, colour or other faults only to finish the sale on a solid note. Cardings were the only sector to end the sale in positive territory, the MCI up by 11 cents to 1526 due to LKS and CRT going ahead by 10 to 40 cents. We had a line of LKS from Tottenham make an incredible 1158 cents (1812 cents clean). Crossbreds were also caught up in the negative tone as losses ranged from 15 to 25 cents.

The rapid descent of the market after the vertical rises of the previous sale caught growers and brokers by surprise as no-one was talking of a correction let alone the magnitude of this week’s fall. Quantity was vastly reduced as only the 2 east coast centres were in operation with 29,700 bales on offer and the lift in the FRX wasn’t considered to be a factor in market movements. The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee met and has reviewed its forecast for the 2018/2019 season. After considering industry data and seasonal conditions the committee now predicts shorn wool production at 320mkg – a drop of 5.7% since its April forecast. This may force buyers to supply-driven pricing rather than demand-driven expectations. More volatility like the past 2 sales could become commonplace. Some good judges think medium microns, 19s and broader, have conquered their Everest but finer types < 19 micron may still improve; only time will tell. Fremantle rejoins the selling roster next week with just 35,000 bales on offer.

                                    Ag Concepts Fwd Prices as at 24 August, 2018

Micron

Date

Low

High

21

19-Sep-18

2280

2280

 

 

           Main Buyers (this week)

1

Seatech Ind.

2955

2

Fox & Lillie

2650

3

Techwool

2455

4

Aust. Merino

2227

5

Kathaytex

2182

6

Lempriere

1618

7

Tianyu

1583

8

PJ Morris Wool

1361

9

New Eng. Wool

1304

Eastern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

2068cents ê 48 cents compared with 17/8/2018

Northern Market Indicators (AUD cents/kg clean)

2117 cents ê 46 cents compared with 17/8/2018

AUD/USD Currency Exchange

0.7344 é 0.0082 compared with 17/8/2018

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