Of particular interest this week:

Copper:  rain in the Atacama! 

Zinc:  grades of current and emerging producers.

Nickel:  array of factors in play

Japan:  LNG prices and Oil Prices

SUMMARY

Copper  Uncharacteristic downpours interrupt Chile’s Cu output.

Nickel  A complex array of supply / demand factors in play.

Zinc & Lead  Zn grades in current and emerging producers’ deposits.

Tin  Indonesian price support plans ‘not likely’ to yield desired results.

Aluminium  Japan’s Al product demand to slowly grow.  Japan’s economy is improving with ‘Abenomics’.

Gold  WA gold royalties to remain unchanged.

Platinum & Palladium  Reduced Chinese imports of Pd & Pt.

Oil  Saudi expected to defend its market share.

Coal  Negotiations for LVPCI and thermal coal in progress, with indicative positions reported.

Iron Ore  Forecasts for oil to reach USD 70/bbl by end of 2015.

Shipping  Appears to be bottoming and recovering.

 General

USA – Durable Goods, Vehicles & Electronics orders.

Japan – LNG prices & oil price comparison.