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Why Oil Traders Are Writing Love Poems to Yahoo

Posted on 22 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Powerful forces have been roiling oil markets this year. There are the vagaries of Chinese demand, shifts in American production, the enigma of OPEC policy. And then, of course, there’s the imminent demise of Yahoo Messenger’s old software version.
“I’m very upset,” said Andy Lebow, an energy analyst and former oil broker who is lamenting the final days of the old version, which Yahoo plans to scrap Aug. 5 to steer customers to its new Messenger system. “My username is attached to all the people that I talk to. That’s important to me.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

JPMorgan oil trader takes over commodities

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

JPMorgan has appointed its top oil trader as the new head of its commodities division, the latest move in a business that has reinvented itself since selling the bulk of its physical operations two years ago.
Jeff Katz, who previously oversaw oil trading at the Wall Street bank, is to replace Mike Camacho who is moving into the bank’s asset management division, according to an internal memo seen by the Financial Times………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China’s Steel and Commodities Problem

Posted on 20 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Deliberations this week at the European Commission will illustrate the way that the European Union is looking to engage with China on trade, while the United States prefers a more antagonistic approach.
The European Commission is due Wednesday to discuss the controversial issue of whether or not to grant China “market economy status.” But allegations that China is dumping goods — in particular steel — in Europe and other markets are likely to dominate the talks………………………………………..Full Article: Source

OPEC June output nears eight-year high

Posted on 19 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

OPEC crude output continued to grow in June, climbing close to an eight-year high. According to S&P Global Platts, OPEC’s crude oil output grew by 300,000 barrels per day to 32.73 million bpd.
The gains came despite disruptions in Nigeria, where militants have been attacking oil and gas infrastructure. Nigeria booked the largest output gain in June, with the country’s production rising by 150,000 bpd to 1.57 million bpd………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Some countries losing up to 67% of commodity exports to misinvoicing

Posted on 18 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Some commodity dependent developing countries are losing as much as 67% of their exports worth billions of dollars to trade misinvoicing, according to a fresh study by UNCTAD, which for the first time analyses this issue for specific commodities and countries.
Trade misinvoicing is thought to be one of the largest drivers of illicit financial flows from developing countries, so that the countries lose precious foreign exchange earnings, tax, and income that might otherwise be spent on development………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Most commodities up but oil plays yo-yo

Posted on 18 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Bloomberg Commodity Index, which tracks the performance of 20 major commodities split evenly between energy, metals and agriculture, continues to show a gain of more than 10% in the year to date. Some softness, however, has crept in during the past few weeks with some sectors, most notably energy, pausing after rallies in oil and natural gas ran out of steam.
Industrial metals found support from increased expectations that additional stimulus could be provided by central banks and from signs that China’s economy stabilized during the second quarter. Copper led the charge but data showed that the bulk of the rally was largely due to short-covering with traders hesitant about getting aggressively long………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why is the oil recovery taking so long?

Posted on 18 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Why aren’t oil prices rising faster? The recent recovery in oil prices has largely stalled out and investors looking at historical figures could be forgiven for not understanding why prices cannot move higher for now.
Oil is stuck in neutral despite the fact that even after prices started to crash, many investors once saw $60 as a remarkably cheap threshold. Today, prices remain firmly below that level, and investors will probably have to wait for more positive data before getting close to that level. The problem is not production or a glut of oil. U.S. oil output is falling slowly but steadily over time………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Lithium gets second wind

Posted on 18 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The lithium boom has been showing signs of maturing. In a winnowing process that all booms go through, there has been a natural floating to the top of those with the biggest and best lithium positions.
In the listed ASX space, the rise of Pilbara Mines (PLS) is a case in point. It is now a $700 million-plus company courtesy of the success it has had in outlining one of the world’s biggest hard-rock sources of lithium at its Pilgangoora ­deposit, 120km south of Port ­Hedland………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Anyone Can Trade Commodities on the Futures Market

Posted on 14 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Before money, people traded grain and precious metals directly with one another. Today, corn, wheat, gold and other commodities are traded through futures contracts that guarantee the purchase or sale of a given amount of the underlying commodity for a stated price on a set date.
The first futures contracts allowed farmers to lock in prices for their crops well before they were ready for market, taking the edge off the price plunge that could come with the harvest glut. These contracts could also assure that a user like a bread maker would have ready access to the commodity it would need in the off-season………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Bare necessities no more

Posted on 14 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity prices have begun to rise since the turn of the year, but will they go higher? Commodity prices have lost some of their shine in recent years, with falling prices reflecting a broader economic malaise and a shaky outlook for Chinese growth and demand.
Since its peak in February 2008, the Bloomberg Commodity Index, which measures a broad basket of commodities, has fallen 62 per cent. However, there are signs that this bear market is beginning to burn out, with prices rallying 14 per cent so far this year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Uncertain Oil Traders Look to Clashing Stockpile Data for Signs

Posted on 14 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil traders don’t know who to follow these days. Weekly inventory reports that help set prices for crude futures come primarily from two sources: The industry-funded American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. government’s Energy Information Administration.
In six of the past 10 weeks, however, the data reported by the two groups has differed by at least 2 million barrels, with the gap for the week ended May 6 at 6.9 million. That week, the API showed a stockpile gain while the EIA saw a decline, one of eight weeks this year with diametrically opposed results………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Watch gold prices to profit from silver

Posted on 13 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold prices are up 25 percent in 2016 while the surge in silver has seen prices rally 46 percent this year. Early in 2016, the silver price behavior stopped leading the gold price behavior. Silver reverted to its previous behavior of following the gold behavior but it has remained a very profitable trade.
Silver has an upside target of $26.00. That’s 30 percent higher from the current price near $20.00. Gold has an upside target near $1580, which gives a 16 percent gain from the current price near $1360………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold Is Not ‘Crowded’ Yet; Here’s Why

Posted on 13 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Is gold a crowded trade yet? Bulls are growing more optimistic by the day. Gold futures have climbed 26% to $1,333 an ounce this year (despite a 1.7% drop on Tuesday as risky assets rallied).
Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at New York brokerage Convergex, notes that gold-tracking ETFs have pulled in $16.2 billion this year, reversing the $2.7 billion of outflows from the second half of 2015. Demand for gold ETFs is basically the same as demand for U.S. stock ETFs, which have pulled in $16.9 billion. Meanwhile, gold ETFs demand, at 364 tonnes in the first quarter of this year, the highest since the start of 2009………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Iran Plans to Double Crude Exports to Regain Market Share

Posted on 12 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Iran plans to double crude exports so long as the increase in shipments is absorbed by global markets, which it sees as stable for the rest of the year, according to a senior official at state-run National Iranian Oil Co.
The country is exporting about 2 million barrels of its daily output of 3.8 million, said Mohsen Ghamsari, NIOC’s director of international affairs. It has regained about 80 percent of the market share it held before the U.S. and European Union tightened sanctions on its oil industry in 2012, he said. Iran plans to double crude exports………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity trade in UK may have some position limit leeway after Brexit

Posted on 06 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Britain-based commodity exchanges may have some leeway in the way they manage large positions after the UK exits the European Union, but they will still have to comply with EU rules from 2018, experts say.
Position limits, a way of controlling how much of an individual commodity trading firms can hold, are being introduced for the first time in the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) from January 2018. Britain voted to leave the EU last month, but its exit has to be negotiated with the remaining 27 members, a process that is meant to be completed within two years of triggering a formal legal process………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China commodities rally on hopes of stimulus to boost economy

Posted on 05 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Chinese commodities from nickel to cotton surged on Monday 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 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,” said Helen Lau, an analyst at Argonaut Securities in Hong Kong………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities soar. Silver’s up 50% this year!

Posted on 05 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold soared to levels over USD 1350 an ounce while Silver moved to over USD 21 an ounce. This is a sharp move for the year, given they had closed 2015 at USD 1060 an ounce and USD 13.83 an ounce. That’s a return of over 50% for Silver in the current year.
The trend is visible across the Commodity space. As per Ole Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy at Saxo Bank, ‘Apart from grains, all are back in demand following the Brexit vote on June 23. Record low bond yields on the back of raised speculation about renewed central bank action supported metals of all colors. Sugar and coffee found support in Brazil while oil settled down after the initial squeeze and natural gas surged on improved fundamentals.’……………………………………….Full Article: Source

A ’spluttering’ recovery for commodities in 2016-17

Posted on 01 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The 2016 financial year was a year of two halves, with a severe downward shift in prices followed by a period of relative stability, but experts are warning the path to recovery is unlikely to be smooth.
The collapse of iron ore and oil prices persisted in the first half of the financial year, with a raft of other commodities following suit in what some industry executives dubbed the worst industry downturn in many years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Iraq’s oil exports set to decline in June for second month

Posted on 30 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Iraq’s oil exports are set to decline in June for a second month, according to loading data and an industry source, adding to signs that supply growth from OPEC’s second-largest producer is slowing this year.
Iraq in 2015 provided the biggest rise in supply from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. But companies working in Iraq have warned the government that projects to boost output will be delayed if Baghdad cuts spending in response to low oil prices……………………………………….Full Article: Source

China commodities rally on hopes of measures to counter Brexit

Posted on 29 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity futures in China from steel to soymeal rallied on Tuesday, as investors bet on countries bringing in measures to counter the shock to markets and economies from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.
Chinese steel futures jumped for a second day, while the rally spread to other commodities. “I think there is a fresh wave of speculation,” said Yang Zhijiang, an analyst at China Merchant Futures. China’s commodities markets had recently calmed after a roller-coaster ride started in April, when soaring prices and volumes prompted exchanges to curb speculative activity………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Brexit fallout, global commodity markets may remain volatile

Posted on 29 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

“Brexit”, the word continued to keep global markets involved and horrified from the past few days and when reality happened it spooked the financial world in a massive way. Britain is the first state to leave the 28-nation European Union since its foundation.
Now, the billion dollar question is that are the markets overreacting. Will it continue to impact on the trade behaviour? If so,… how long? As per estimates, $2.08 trillion has been wiped off from the global equity markets after Britain voted to leave the European Union………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Goodbye to OPEC?

Posted on 28 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Should the 169th OPEC meeting held earlier this month be its last? As former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
For Saudi Arabia and the remaining Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates), which together account for around 40 percent of the world’s oil reserves and the lion’s share of OPEC’s collective output, their future oil strategy should be an exclusively GCC affair, away from the stress and dysfunction of OPEC………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold wins from Brexit. But other commodities lose

Posted on 27 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold prices soar, but many commodities will suffer from the ripple effects of the referendum. Goldbugs are natural Brexiteers; intensely suspicious of large bureaucracies like the European Union and avid conspiracy theorists when it comes to the power of global “elites”. They had double reason to celebrate on June 24th, when Britain’s decision to leave the EU sent gold prices soaring.
But the rise of the yellow metal is also a symptom of the fear that Brexit is unleashing on the global economy. Hence other commodities that are more dependent upon global demand, such as oil, fell sharply. After a huge rally since their trough earlier this year, the commodities markets were vulnerable to a shock. Hedge funds and other money managers had built up big bets on rising prices………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities Players Are Set Up for Market-Crushing Gains

Posted on 24 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The resource sector’s devastating five-year bear market saw the Bloomberg Commodity Index drop 60% from its 2011 peak. Naturally, that crushed the world’s dominant resource producers; the top 40 companies saw their market caps shrink by $27 billion in 2015 alone.
All along, these producers have had to clean house, slash spending, reduce headcount, and rationalize every last cent they did spend as production crashed. It was the law of the jungle in action, survival of the fittest. Plenty of producers went straight out of business. It wasn’t easy to watch, and it was even tougher to invest in………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Donald Trump has commodity traders nervous, could impact ag commodities, says analyst

Posted on 22 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The controversial rhetoric of presumptive republican nominee Donald Trump has commodity traders nervous, according to one analyst. Pete Johnson, of marketing news publication Cotton Compass believes a Trump presidency could have a negative impact on the price of Australian agricultural commodities like beef, grain and fibre.
Mr Johnson, a market analyst, said Trump had so far shown himself to be hard to predict, which could put pressure on the US dollar and in turn, the international commodity market………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Switzerland gold exports jump 20% to 177.3 mt in May, highest this year

Posted on 22 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold exports from Switzerland totaled 177.3 mt in May, up 20% from 147.8 mt reported in April, and the highest level since December, Swiss federal customs data showed Tuesday. The figure is 69% higher than 105.1 mt reported a year earlier.
Exports to China were 36% higher on the month at 19 mt in May, while exports to Hong Kong were 2.5-times as large at 24 mt. Exports to the US were also up on the month, to 18.9 mt in May, from just 2.3 mt in April………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Indian regulator Sebi plans checklist to approve listing for commodities futures trade

Posted on 21 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Capital markets regulator Sebi plans to have a 13-point checklist to approve the listing and delisting of commodities from futures trading, two persons aware of the development told ET. The rules were slated to be discussed by Sebi with the commodity derivatives advisory committee (CDAC) sub-group on new products and participants on Monday.
Sebi will seek the feedback of CDAC before finalising the checklist. “The structured note will consider the objective and subjective parameters of the checklist before finalising it,” said one of the persons. “The objective part will comprise issues of liquidity, production statistics, shelf life, etc. The subjective part will examine issues of political sensitivity of the commodity, whether it’s widely dispersed, internationally traded, susceptibility to cartelisation, etc,” he added………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Baltic index continues to fall on lower capesize demand

Posted on 21 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, continued its fall Monday on weaker demand for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 5 points, or 0.85 percent, at 582 points.
The capesize index fell 30 points, or 3.24 percent, to 897 points. Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150,000-tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal, were down $218 to $6,315. The panamax index was flat at 546 points………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities focus on looming Brexit vote

Posted on 20 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Market activity has increasingly been dictated or distracted by the uncertainty surrounding the UK referendum vote on June 23. Opinion polls indicating rising support for the Leave camp sent investors looking for cover with stocks falling and bonds rising.
This was followed on Wednesday by a distinctively dovish statement following the latest Federal Open Market Committee meeting. The FOMC lowered its projection of its own interest rate path with six members now only seeing one rate hike in 2016………………………………………..Full Article: Source

U.S. derivatives regulator rethinks algorithmic trading proposal

Posted on 17 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The U.S. derivatives regulator is rethinking parts of its proposal to regulate automated trading and looking into whether the rule could affect too many people, it said on Thursday. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, announcing it had reopened the public comment period on the rule through June 26, also said it is considering who should mitigate the risks of algorithmic trades and how the rule would apply when traders purchase their algorithms and systems.
It said it asked how to define “source code” and what software and hardware should be included within the term “Algorithmic Trading system.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Currency Traders Flee Euro, Pound as Brexit Fear Fuels Haven Bid

Posted on 17 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Currency traders in the $5.3-trillion-a-day market abandoned the euro and pound and piled into the dollar and yen, seeking safety before the U.K. votes on whether to leave the European Union.
The 19-nation euro dropped 2.8 percent against the yen, its worst day since 2010, as investors looked for refuge before the British referendum on June 23. The flight to haven currencies, including the yen, dollar and Swiss franc, follows decisions by the Bank of Japan to refrain from adding any stimulus and the Federal Reserve leaving interest rates unchanged Wednesday………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Demand for dry bulk commodities

Posted on 15 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

When it comes to the dry bulk market, shipowners these days are looking for news in any shape or form they can find them. However, as the discussion over the market’s future prospects is being dominated by the obvious tonnage oversupply, things could very well start to show modest signs of improvement in the demand-side of the market as well.
Dry bulk ship owner Golden Ocean said in its latest quarterly report that “China’s official GDP growth slowed to 6.7 per cent in the first quarter of 2016. In the new five year plan announced in China in March the target for annual GDP growth during the next five years was set to 6.5 per cent………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Bullish gold and agricultural bets rise as oil wavers

Posted on 14 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors’ appetite for gold and agricultural commodities helped lift overall bets on rising commodity prices by 20 per cent last week even as speculators soured their expectations for an oil price that has almost rebounded since January.
“Aggressive buying of natural gas, gold, corn, wheat, and sugar more than offset the fact that the number of commodities being sold outnumbered those being bought,” said Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold and silver buying hits three-year high

Posted on 08 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Overall trading activity in May - private investors either starting to invest in the precious metals or adding to their existing holdings - represented the highest since spring 2013. That was when both global stockmarkets and bond markets fell out of form as America’s Federal Reserve moved to unwind quantitative easing. The market reaction at that time was described as the ‘taper tantrum’.
There are two drivers behind the buying spree. The first is the fact that during the month of May both the gold price and the silver price dipped, falling 7% and 10% respectively. Investors took advantage of these falls to buy gold and silver at cheaper prices………………………………………..Full Article: Source

OPEC Skips Output Limit, Finds Unity in Oil Price Optimism

Posted on 03 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

OPEC will stick to its policy of unfettered production after members rejected a proposal to adopt a new output ceiling, but ministers were united in their optimism that global oil markets are improving.
While crude prices dipped briefly after Thursday’s meeting, there was little of the rancor that punctuated last December’s gathering. The more harmonious atmosphere meant the group was able to appoint a new secretary-general — Nigeria’s Mohammed Barkindo — something it hadn’t been able to agree on since 2012………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Currency Trader, Police Thyself

Posted on 03 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Last week, a working group at the Bank of International Settlements issued a new code of conduct governing global currency trading, a response to the most recent price-fixing scandal in the foreign-exchange markets.
The document contains non-binding “principles” that are entirely voluntary — general guidelines for good behavior. Cynics could be forgiven for dismissing this as an empty gesture that lacks the coercive rules and punishments required to make global standards stick………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Has the bull market for commodities begun?

Posted on 02 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The bear market for commodities is over and it is time for investors to focus on this asset class again, according to a commodities analyst. Goeff Blanning, head of commodities at Schroders Asset Management thinks that a new bull market for commodities has begun.
“Following five years of devastatingly poor returns in the market, sentiment towards commodities is at rock bottom, but it’s starting to turn following the surge in the prices of a wide variety of products since the beginning of the year,” he said, adding that the biggest price gains, in percentage terms, occur at the beginning of a bull market………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil Price Forecasts Get More Bullish as Oversupply Concerns Ease

Posted on 01 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Analysts are again raising their oil-price forecasts, in a reflection of falling concerns over the glut in crude supply. That helps relieve the pressure on members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries—who are set to meet on Thursday—following months of fervent debate over production levels within the cartel.
Investment banks surveyed by The Wall Street Journal raised their price forecast for the third consecutive month in May, predicting that Brent crude, the international benchmark, would average $43 a barrel in 2016. That is up $2 from April’s survey………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Deutsche Bank Woes Infect Currency Trading as Former No. 1 Sinks

Posted on 25 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A tough week for Deutsche Bank AG just got worse. The German lender’s share of the $5.3 trillion-a-day currency market tumbled to 7.9 percent, down from 14.5 percent a year earlier, according to a Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc survey.
The bank is the world’s fourth-largest currency trader by market share, sliding from second place in Euromoney’s 2015 ranking after holding the top position from 2005 to 2013. That’s the second blow for Deutsche Bank in as many days, after Moody’s Investors Service on Monday cut the lender’s credit rating to two grades above junk………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities on the rise?

Posted on 24 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Are commodities finally on the rise after years of being in the doldrums? We would all agree that prices in the grocery store continue to rise on many things, but commodity tracking indexes show quite a different story.
The most common method of tracking commodity prices is the CRB commodity index, a commodities future price index which presently tracks 19 common commodities, which include aluminum, cocoa, coffee, copper, corn, cotton, crude oil, gold, heating oil, lean hogs, live cattle, natural gas, nickel, orange juice, silver, soybeans, sugar, unleaded gas and wheat………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Chinese commodities fall on oversupply concerns

Posted on 20 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Most Chinese commodities futures fell on Thursday, amid cautious sentiment caused by a supply glut for some industrial metals and a possible U.S. interest rate hike. Some traders are concerned that China’s own interest rate easing cycle could be over, limiting the prospects for the world’s No. 2 economy and prompting investors to become bearish on commodities amid concerns on demand recovery.
Chinese steel and iron ore futures dropped by more than 2 percent, as demand is faltering seasonally. However, steel mills are still picking up production because of rising prices earlier this year, worsening a supply glut that led to accusations China is dumping low-price steel onto global markets………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Where Oil Production Is Set To Soar… And It’s Not OPEC

Posted on 19 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oil prices have been on the rise lately and the market appears to be heading very quickly toward rebalancing, which is very positive for long-oriented investors in this space. While this is all true, however, one area will make any such oil recovery harder than it otherwise would be.
This is the Gulf of Mexico, which is the one place for U.S. production where low prices have not caused output to crash………………………………………..Full Article: Source

EU ministers approve final commodity price benchmark rules

Posted on 18 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

EU ministers Tuesday approved the final text of EU rules that will govern all benchmarks used to price financial instruments, including commodity price benchmarks, on behalf of the EU Council. The rules will apply to commodity price benchmarks produced by price reporting agencies such as S&P Global Platts.
This was the last formal approval needed, after the European Parliament approved on April 28 a text already agreed informally with the council and the European Commission. The next step is for the text to be translated into all the EU’s official languages and published in the EU’s Official Journal, becoming binding a day later………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities bounce back—sustainable rally or just a false dawn?

Posted on 17 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

An uptick in prices across a range of commodities in 2016 may have been welcomed by miners and traders, but one CEO has told CNBC that he’s not getting carried away just yet. “They always say ‘a swallow doesn’t make a summer’,” Ben Magara, the CEO of London-listed platinum miner Lonmin said.
“We have seen dollar prices improve from a low in January to where they are now so the trend is quite encouraging … we have seen that rand low price in November and it continues on that upward trend. Indeed, it’s early days a swallow doesn’t make a summer but it’s very helpful.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Non-OPEC countries expected to reduce oil supply

Posted on 16 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Non-OPEC countries are expected to reduce oil supply by 0.74 million barrels per day and bring it to 56.4 million barrels per day in 2016 as compared to 57.14 million barrels a day in 2015, according to OPEC’s monthly report on the oil market.
The oil supply by those countries will reach 56.06 million barrels per day in the second quarter of 2016, 56.04 million barrels per day in the third quarter, and 56.55 million barrels per day in the fourth quarter of 2016. The world oil supply rose by 0.02 million barrels per day in April and stood at 95.34 million barrels per day, according to the OPEC report………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Iraq overtakes Saudi Arabia as biggest oil exporter to India in April

Posted on 13 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Iraq overtook Saudi Arabia as the top crude exporter to India in April for the first time since December, according to data compiled by Reuters, as the two biggest OPEC producers fight for market share in Asia’s fastest growing oil market.
Saudi Arabia also lost its top spot in China, Asia’s biggest oil consumer, last month when Russia overtook the world’s biggest crude exporter due to strong purchases by Chinese independent refineries. Overall, April oil imports by India rose 6 percent from March and are up 9.9 percent in the first four months from a year ago………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Bulk shipping falters as commodities stumble

Posted on 13 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Higher iron ore inventories at Chinese ports could well weigh on demand in the coming days and reflect in the index performance. The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) has been notoriously volatile this year. After touching an all-time low of 290 points on 10 February, the index shot up to 715 on 27 April. But, since then, it has declined 17% till 10 May.
What gives? For one, the drop to the lowest level in the index, which tracks transport costs on international trade routes for dry bulk commodities such as coal and iron ore, was overdone. Two, the Chinese stimulus held out hopes of higher demand for commodities, especially steel and iron ore………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China: Commodities trading: Trading account applications up 30%

Posted on 12 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Many retail investors in China are trying to get into the commodities market as a rebound in prices continues. And, not too surprisingly, brokerage firms in China are enjoying a jump in account applications.
One needs to complete a web-based video verification as part of the application to open a commodity futures trading account. It’s a process that more and more people are lining up for as they seek to get into the game. Futures brokers say their systems are a bit overloaded with new applications and only one in five people can get through right now………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Japan’s Biggest Traders See No Commodities Recovery in Sight

Posted on 11 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Japan’s top trading houses see no recovery on the horizon for the commodities crash that forced some of the first-ever annual losses by the champions of the nation’s economy, accelerating their shift away from energy and raw materials.
The country’s five biggest traders all expect further declines in oil, which has already slumped about 60 percent over the past two years. Mitsubishi Corp. sees prices sliding 19 percent in the current fiscal year, while rival Mitsui & Co. sees a 15 percent decline. Itochu Corp. sees Brent, the global benchmark, slumping almost 29 percent………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China: Commodities imports drop

Posted on 09 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

China’s imports of commodities fell in April from the previous month as domestic demand weakened, data released yesterday by the General Administration of Customs showed.
Copper imports fell 20.5 percent month on month while those of steel, coal and iron ore dropped 13.4, 4.57 and 2.7 percent respectively. Copper imports fell as China accounted for 78 percent of the global supply and domestic demand eased………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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