Of particular interest this week:

WBMS 2014 summary data for base metals –  See each metal.

Japan Orders to Machinery:  Improvements.

Coal:  Coking coal prices appear to have bottomed.

Iron ore:  Believed to now be a floor price of USD 60/t.

Prices:  Most prices in AUD terms are up, due to marked fall in AUDUSD (both on strength of USD and AUD weakness).

SUMMARY

Copper  A two months martial law period is in force in Peru in Arequipa to support the Tia Maria Cu project.

Nickel  Jinchuan calling on SHFE to accept foreign brands for delivery against Ni futures contracts.

Zinc & Lead  Impressive drilling results by KGL Resources at Jervois in the NT.

Tin  LME Sn stocks at lowest levels since 2008, but consensus of oversupply holds sway in the mkt.

Aluminium  WBMS data and stockpile trends indicate consumption is greater than supply.  Market is ignoring it.

Gold  Gold price changes appear due to currency movements this week.

Platinum & Palladium  Major Pt miners investing in fuel cell technology, to support future Pt demand.

Oil  Saudi Arabia is turning down Chinese requests for additional oil.  Supply is seasonally tight.

Coal  Thermal coal increased its share of JPU output.  Indian steelmakers enter Sept Qtr contract talks.

Iron Ore  Iron ore prices responding to lowest Chinese port inventories since Dec 2013.

Shipping  Freight rates for dry-bulk shipping continue to edge downward.

General

USA – Orders to:  Durable Goods, Vehicles, Electronics and Computers  (April)

Japan – Orders to Machinery – (March) by segments – generally improving

Baker Hughes – World Drilling Rig Count:  (April)