The Australian ASX 200 Stock Market Closed Up 13% in 2021 With Lithium Plays Starring

Australian Blue Chip ASX 200 ended the ASX finished 2021 at 7,779.20 up over 13% for the year. This compares to a loss of just over 1% in 2020 and a gain of over 20% in 2019. All of the 11 main sectors of the share market were higher except information technology and energy in 2021. Tech went from being the best-performing sector in 2020 to the worst in 2021. Battery materials supplier Novonix was the top stock up 660 … Continue reading “The Australian ASX 200 Stock Market Closed Up 13% in 2021 With Lithium Plays Starring”

Australian Economy Shrank Less Than Expected in Q3

Australia’s GDP shrank -1.9% q/q in Q3, less than market expectations of a 2.7% decline and after 0.7% growth in Q2. This was the first contraction in the economy since Q2 2020 with the damage done from lengthy lockdowns across New South Wales, Victoria, and the Australia Capital Territory due to Covid-19.  Australian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell 1.9 per cent in seasonally adjusted chain volume terms in the September quarter 2021 and was up 3.9 per cent through the … Continue reading “Australian Economy Shrank Less Than Expected in Q3”

Australia Placed Well for Recovery says Goldman Sachs

Andrew Boak Goldman Sachs’ Chief Economist for Australia & New Zealand is out with a note positive on Australia’s economic recovery. He said he believed Australia in a good position for recovery extending into the end of this year and next. With the RBA focusing on wages he said he saw slow grinds expected for wage growth and inflation. Goldman noted that to see wage increases, full employment is a critical issue. The wages analysis is in line with Governor … Continue reading “Australia Placed Well for Recovery says Goldman Sachs”

Iron Ore The World’s Most Volatile Commodity and Not About To Slow Down

Iron ore has been a clear leader from the early days of the raw materials rally. It is also the most volatile. Volatility is fed by the ongoing trade war between the world’s biggest producer of iron ore, Australia and one of the biggest users, China.

BHP Shows Perfect Timing With Iron Ore at Record Highs Production Starts At South Flank Mine

Australian mining giant BHP is in sync to replace diminishing iron ore output from it’s existing Yandi mine which is nearing the end of its life. The first ore from its $4.6 billion South Flank mine in the Pilbara, WA was mined this month. 

BHP Writes Down Australian Thermal Coal Mine $1.6 Billion

BHP continues to write down it’s fossil fuel assets cutting up to $1.6 billion from the value of its Mt Arthur thermal coal mine in the Hunter Valley. BHP sold its U.S. shale assets to Britain’s oil major BP for $10.5 billion in 2018 selling off “non-core and we are actively pursuing options to exit these assets for value”.

Australian Trade Surplus Falls A Third as Gold Exports Slump 25%

The Sino US trade war maybe biting Australia after all. October’s trade surplus fell a third seasonally adjusted as gold and ore exports slumped. In September had Australia posted another much larger than expected trade surplus. Australia ships nearly a third of its exports to China, led by iron ore and coal.

Australian Service and Manufacturing Contracts in Changing Geopolitical Climate

Australia’s private sector fell for the first time in three months Flash PMI from the Commonwealth Bank and Markit showed in November. Declines were seen across both manufacturing and service sectors. However marginal increases were recorded in both new orders and employment.  Companies felt input cost inflation accelerate but left selling prices broadly unchanged amid a relatively weak demand environment.

Australia Defies Skeptics With Another Huge Trade Surplus Despite Trade War

Australia posted another much larger than expected trade surplus in September, what is clear the commodity powerhouse is benefiting from the U.S.- China trade war. Australia ships nearly a third of its exports to China, led by iron ore and coal as the Chinese boost construction spending to ward off damage caused by U.S tariffs.

Australia AAA Rating Upgraded To Stable By S&P Boosts Aussie Dollar

Australia’s AAA sovereign rating was affirmed by S&P Global Ratings and the outlook was revised up to ‘stable’ from ‘negative’. The Australian dollar strengthened against most major counterparts on Friday. S&P expects the federal budget balance to return to surplus by the early 2020s.