By Paul Ploumis 05 Aug 2015 Last updated at 03:21:06 GMT
According to the LME’s Commitments of Traders Report (COTR), Money managers reduced slightly their net short position in the week ending July 26 - short-covering at 14559 lots was countered by substantial long liquidation of 8419 lots. The fund position was net short for the third consecutive weeks.
•The Australian dollar jumped from record low levels after the Reserve Bank of Australia left interest rates unchanged at a policy meeting
•The Shanghai composite index up 3.69 percent after the country's authorities stepped up their efforts to curb short selling to halt a rout
•A stronger dollar on Fed imminent rate liftoff estimates, signs of China weaknesses and oversupply worries weighed down demand for industrial metals in the globe
•Raw materials index has slumped 11 percent in 2015 amid expanding gluts and concern slower economic growth in China will crimp demand and dollar Spot Index is up 2.4 percent this month
|•China lead acid batteries exports rises in June at 17920 T.|
According to the LME’s Commitments of Traders Report (COTR), Money managers reduced slightly their net short position in the week ending July 26 - short-covering at 14559 lots was countered by substantial long liquidation of 8419 lots. The fund position was net short for the third consecutive weeks. Over the week from July 26- July 19, copper net long money managers positions fell by 8419 lots last week to 1,28335 lots. The decline in the net length was driven by 8,419 lots of long liquidation and 14559 lots of short-covering. Overall net position short by 6,140 lots the potential for short-covering to be triggered should the metal fail to hold onto its losses remains. Outstanding interest in the same period decreased by 41677 lots to 409361 lots. From the current chart and table we can conclude that market bets moved on both the sides in last week as china slump liquidated the longs on weak sentiments while short moves out on fear of reversal on oversold prices. The net short positions increased in last week showing weaknesses in the prices.
Copper spreads on the London Metal Exchange (LME) entering into backwardation from deep contango. Copper Cash to three months spread has eased significantly from the July average of $15.41 - it was last at $8.50. Lead cash to three months spread has eased significantly from the July average of $12.91 - it was last at $7.00. This highlights the increased potential for short-covering. For aluminum prices, the contango has started to tighten of late, with the cash-threes spread currently at $35.25, down from $40.00 last week but still sharply up from the start of May. The benchmark cash-to-three-months part of the LME forward curve closed in last week of June valued at $31-per tonne contango, that’s the lowest cash premium since the fourth quarter of last year.
LME copper stocks surged over the first couple of months of 2015, peaking at 346,525 tonnes in July. LME Copper stocks increased at a faster pace in July; the decline from mid- March seems to have been undermined, exerting downward pressure on spot prices and upward pressure on nearby spreads. LME Nickel stocks of 458838 tonnes as of August 4 started to rebound from a low of 452,580 tonnes last week. The drop in LME aluminum inventories is continued after 26,075 tonnes of warrants were cancelled last week. Lead cancelled warrants started increasing at slower pace as ratio rebounded to 26.05%. Stocks for copper and zinc in the Shanghai bonded zone in July increased month-on-month, reflecting slow-moving trade and weak end-users demand while nickel stocks soared to 60,000-70,000 tonnes.
LME Warehouse Updates (in ton)
|Aluminum||-6875||3436975||-825||1431450||41.65%||CW ratio started improving|
|Copper||-650||345475||4000||26850||7.77%||Stocks were increased in July at faster pace|
|Nickel||-900||460098||54||152874||33.23%||Stocks hit record high levels|
|Lead||-1525||218575||4850||57050||26.10%||Cancelled warrant ratio have sharply reduced|
|Zinc||-2000||434800||0||55000||12.65%||Stockpiles in Antwerp double to highest since Feb 14|
Commodities posted biggest monthly loss in July since 2011 amid a price collapse that drove oil into a bear market and pushed gold to a five-year low. Base metals dropped sharply near to six years low on oversupply worries, concerns of Chinese demand and stronger dollar on potentials of interest rate lift off from US Federal reserve. In last two days base metal complex fell heavily to their record lows on dollar’s rally on Fed rate hike speculations and China slowdown added demand concern. There will be risk on rally in the metals on corrective mode in coming days amid dollar stability and short covering bets but overall bias still remains bearish until market gets some good fundamental trigger and show pullback from their major upside zones. Investors in this week will majorly focus on US monthly jobs report to get further direction.
LME Metals Daily % Change (LME in $/Tn)
MCX Metals Daily % Change (n Rs/Tn)
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