Of particular note this week:
Updated pinch point graphs for Zn, Cu & Ni. Getting tighter.
Copper: Indonesia strong-arms control of Grasberg from Freeport McMoran. Seriously high political risk for (large) concentrate producers in Indonesia.
Lead: China to promote recycling of most base metals.
Oil: prices fell again as workers return to rigs post Harvey.
Coal: – Coking coal demand outlook remain firm.
Copper Indonesia strong-armed control of Grasberg. High political risk for concentrate producers.
Nickel Asian battery makers developing new Li-ion batteries with higher Ni content.
Zinc & Lead Zn mkt in deficit for Jun17HY. China to promote recycling of base metals.
Tin China was a net exporter of tin in July, for the first time since October 2013.
Aluminium China’s amalgamation of industry goals beginning to materialise.
Gold India’s financial reforms may see small gold (cash economy) businesses swallowed up .
Platinum & Palladium Outlook for platinum and palladium has growing uncertainty.
Oil Oil &gas operators beginning to return to Gulf of Mexico rigs.
Coal Australian met-coal markets remain firm. RIO and Nippon agreed to higher SSCC Sep17Qtr prices.
Iron Ore Strong Chinese economic indicators support iron ore prices.
Shipping Cape rates stable. Panamax rates down this week.
Port of Singapore Shipping: continued growth of containers and tankers, but reduced bulks volumes.
Pinch Points: Cu, Zn, Ni – update.
Japan Industrial Production: good growth.
Baker Hughes Rig Counts: Rig numbers lag oil price changes.