Resilient Australian Stock Market Outperformed in 2022, Supported by Mining and Energy Stocks

Australia’s blue-chip stock index, S&P/ASX 200 ended down 5.45% to 7,038.7 in 2022. On the last day of the trading year the ASX was up +0.3% and -0.9% for the week. This compares to 2021 being up over 13% for the year. Australian shares ended 2022 as one of the region’s more resilient markets with mining firms supporting as globally stocks were pummeled. The end to an era of low interest rates that made borrowing cheap and encouraged investors to … Continue reading “Resilient Australian Stock Market Outperformed in 2022, Supported by Mining and Energy Stocks”

Iron Ore Prices Hit Four Month High on Zero Covid Easing & China’s Property Curve

Benchmark iron ore futures in China gained for a fourth straight week. Iron ore prices have taken a hammering since the Chinese zero Covid policy however it has steadily risen since November lows. Prices for the most actively traded iron ore futures on the Dalian Commodity Exchange for iron ore cargoes with a 63.5% iron ore content for delivery into Tianjin rose to $110 Friday, the highest since mid-August. Analysts were anticipating demand for iron ore to collapse as China … Continue reading “Iron Ore Prices Hit Four Month High on Zero Covid Easing & China’s Property Curve”

China to Boost Domestic Coal Production to Ensure Energy Security

China, the world’s largest coal consumer and producer, announced that it would boost domestic production to ensure its energy security. Newcastle thermal coal futures fell more than $US70 a tonne to $US335 a tonne on Friday night for the October ICE contract. China has been hard by its ill-thought-out trade war with Australia which put them behind the queue as record prices for top quality Australian hard coking coal were set regularly in June the price hit $US430 (AUD$595) a … Continue reading “China to Boost Domestic Coal Production to Ensure Energy Security”

US Share of Electricity Generation from Coal to Decline Further Despite Soaring Natural Gas Prices EIA Forecasts

The EIA in their June STEO expect the continued retirement of coal-fired generating capacity in the United States to see the share of electricity generation from coal to decline from 23% in 2021 to 21% in 2022 and to 20% in 2023. Despite surging natural gas prices constraints include limited rail capacity for fuel delivery, low coal stocks at power plants, reduced coal mining capacity, and rising generation from renewable sources. Coal prices have risen unabated with supply chain disruptions globally.   The EIA … Continue reading “US Share of Electricity Generation from Coal to Decline Further Despite Soaring Natural Gas Prices EIA Forecasts”

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”

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”

US Coal Generation Increased For The First Time Since 2014 Due To Soaring Natural Gas Prices

The EIA in their STEO expect 22% more U.S.Coal Fired Generation in 2021 over 2020. The increase is from soaring higher natural gas prices. While Coal prices have risen unabatted with supply chain disruptions globally there have risen less than gas in the US.

Rio Tinto Lowers 2021 Iron Ore Shipments Forecast on Tight Western Australian Labor Market

Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Group (RIO) on Friday reduced its 2021 Pilbara iron ore shipments forecast as the COVID lockdowns, Supply crunch were further hampered by a tighter labour market in Western Australia. These have all led to a delay of the completion of a new greenfield mine at Gudai-Darri.

Rio Tinto Delays First Production From Oyu Tolgoi Copper Mine in Mongolia

Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Group(RIO)on Friday announced it is delaying first production for the Oyu Tolgoi copper mine in Mongolia by three months to January 2023. $RIO is developing the mine with Canada’s Turquoise Hill Resources (TRQ.TO) in a joint venture.

Record High Chinese Coal Futures Prices After Biggest Coal Producing Region Floods

Coal prices have risen unabated with supply chain disruptions, China has been particularly badly hit and that just got more critical. Floods closed 60 of the 682 coal mines in Shanxi province, 30% of China’s production.   Torrential rains has led to flooding and expanded mine shutdowns in China’s biggest coal producing region, Shanxi province. In a market already squeezing higher this latest news sent Thermal coal futures to a new intraday record after trading opened Monday. Beijing is ina … Continue reading “Record High Chinese Coal Futures Prices After Biggest Coal Producing Region Floods”