Nickel Soars 500% on Chinese Bank Short Squeeze, Trading Suspended

LME suspended nickel trading for at least the remainder of the day Tuesday after Nickel prices roughly doubled to all-time highs Tuesday, up 500% from Friday. Nickel soared over $100,000 a ton to an all-time high on the London Metal Exchange when prices surged around $40,000 in just one hour. The move came from a short squeeze with a major Chinese bank where a unit of China Construction Bank Corp. extra time to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in … Continue reading “Nickel Soars 500% on Chinese Bank Short Squeeze, Trading Suspended”

U.S. Trade Deficit Soars 27% to Record $859 Billion in 2021 as Imports surge from Inflation and Tariffs.

The US trade deficit in December was $80.70 Billion up from prior month’s $79.30 billion. The China and US trade deficit rose to -$355.3 B for the year. The US trade gap for 2021 in both goods and services rose 27% to hit $859 billion, an annual record as imports grew faster than exports. Imports surged 20.5% with higher prices from inflation and tariffs. Highlights The US trade Deficit rose in both goods and services rose 27% to hit $859 … Continue reading “U.S. Trade Deficit Soars 27% to Record $859 Billion in 2021 as Imports surge from Inflation and Tariffs.”

Australian Coking Coal Record High with Strong Demand in Korea and Japan

Record prices for top quality Australian hard coking coal were set three times in the past week. The price hit $US430 ($595) a tonne Wednesday, almost four times the price in May. Coal prices have risen unabated with supply chain disruptions. Strong demand in Korea and Japan has fueled the rally over the past seven weeks. The prices were already pressured with Indonesia’s decision to ban coal exports. Further pressure on coal prices came from BHP, the world’s biggest coking … Continue reading “Australian Coking Coal Record High with Strong Demand in Korea and Japan”

China Aims to Guide More Long-Term Foreign Investors into its Treasury Bonds

The breakdown of the Chinese property market exemplified by the Evergrande crisis coupled with the unknowns of the shadow banking debt rocked China in 2021. China has been responding to these vulnerabilities. A Ministry of Finance official on Wednesday pointed to changes in the Chinese treasury bond market. The official said China will issue a record amount of Treasury Bonds in 2022. The official added that China will guide overall interest rates lower for it’s Treasury Bond issuance in 2022. … Continue reading “China Aims to Guide More Long-Term Foreign Investors into its Treasury Bonds”

Iron Ore Prices Rise Pre-emptively on Easing Along China’s Property Curve

Iron ore had the bears out in full force just a month or so ago, with the China attempt to “destroy Australia”, the shipping crisis and more. Analysts were anticipating demand for iron ore to collapse as China reduced its steel production. Targets were lowered to US$65 to $85 a tonne by many of the larger groups.  Here we are the most actively traded iron ore futures on the Dalian Commodity Exchange for May delivery closed 3.9% higher at 714 … Continue reading “Iron Ore Prices Rise Pre-emptively on Easing Along China’s Property Curve”

Tencent Cashes Out $16.4 Billion Stake in JD.com

Chinese social-media and gaming giant Tencent Holdings said Thursday it would reduce its stake in JD.com to a little over 2% from the current 17%.and distribute $16.4 billion in JD stock as a dividend to shareholders. JD.com (JD) shares fell by more than 7% Thursday. Tencent (TCEHY) shares were up 4% on the news, though is down nearly 40% since its January high. The move follows technology stocks in China being under pressure because of uncertainty surrounding a regulatory crackdown … Continue reading “Tencent Cashes Out $16.4 Billion Stake in JD.com”

Chinese Property Developers Caught in Negative Credit Loop Says Moody’s

Property developers’ funding access will remain constrained in 2022. Offshore corporate bond defaults rose 28 per cent in first three quarters of 2021 and corporate bond defaults in China are expected to continue to rise in 2022 according to Moody’s Investors Service. Highly indebted property developers and enterprises owned by regional and local governments struggle to access new funding after a multi-year borrowing spree. Over the next four quarters, about 8.7 trillion yuan of onshore corporate debt is set to … Continue reading “Chinese Property Developers Caught in Negative Credit Loop Says Moody’s”

China Consumer Inflation Hits 15 month High With a Jump in Food Prices

Inflation in China rose to 2.3% in November 2021, the highest figure since August 2020 from 1.5% a month earlier. Market consensus was 2.5%. Food prices and a further rise in cost of non-food items both rose. The cost of food increased for the first time in six months. China inflation November 2021 Consumer price index CPI 2.3% y/y, vs expected 2.5% y/y, prior 1.5% CPI 0.4% m/m, vs expected 0.4% y/y, prior 0.7% Highest since August 2020, boosted by … Continue reading “China Consumer Inflation Hits 15 month High With a Jump in Food Prices”

Australia October Trade Surplus AUD+11.22bn With Exports Lower on Iron Ore Prices

Australia posted a trade surplus of A$11.22 billion in October exceeding expectations for a surplus of A$11.0 billion. It was the smallest trade surplus since May, amid softening global demand as more countries battled with a resurgence of coronavirus infections. Follows a downwardly revised A$11.82 billion trade surplus in September (from A$12.243 billion). Exports fell 3.0% m/m or A$1.491 billion to A$43.053 billion. Goods were down 3.0% and services fell 6.0% Imports also slipped 3.0 percent on month or A$887 … Continue reading “Australia October Trade Surplus AUD+11.22bn With Exports Lower on Iron Ore Prices”