Renewed interest sparked in wool from China, Europe, India and the US

Merino-fleece

There are emerging reports of a sharp increase in unsold, unallocated stocks in broker stores raising a few eyebrows in the trade.

The AWEX EMI closed on 1368c – up 16c at auction sales in Australia last week.

From 35,745 bales offered, 90.7% were cleared to exporters after just 3.9% of the original offering was withdrawn before sale.

The market opened on Tuesday into a favourable AUD exchange rate, sparking new interest evident from China, Europe, India and the US, which resulted in the EMI 17c higher for the day.

Wednesday’s market seemed more subdued in some categories with the EMI retracing by 1c.

There were a couple of news stories of concern emerging this week.

Firstly, the debt ridden Evergrande group await the fate of Chinese governmental agencies decision to assist them meet their financial institution commitment shortfall.

Whilst this news has had a worldwide flow-on effect, it reached out to financial markets in Australia with the share price of BHP suffering.

Despite offering about 30% more wool in Australia year on year, there are emerging reports of a sharp increase in unsold, unallocated stocks in broker stores raising a few eyebrows in the trade.

Whist it would be reasonable to expect an increase in held stocks in the worst performing market sectors (for example 28-30μ MPG’s sit in the 1st percentile band), our analysis indicates that about 2/3 of held stocks are from the Merino combing and carding wool sector and surprisingly about ½ of this is finer than 19μ.

The motivation for wool being held is normally producers are confident for better price in the future, and with the COVID-19 pandemic management heading for the more freedom for people to move within countries as well as slowly restoring overseas travel, stimulating economies and retail sales, which may propel activities towards a Pre COVID-19 status.

Merino Fleece measured rises between 15-35c on Tuesday with the Fine and Superfine MPG’s showing more vigour from the local exporters. Competition on selected lots displaying good preparation specifications, declared as NM and in an integrity scheme at times saw price premiums of up to 8%. Wednesday saw the 16.5-18.5μ MPG’s add up to 5c whilst the 19-21μ MPG’s fell between 1 and 5c. Competition from Italy, India, Bulgaria and the US were more prominent competing with Chinese Indent buyers to create the support of the new price level on Wednesday.

Merino Skirtings followed the fleece trends with all styles and micron categories adding between 10-20c on Tuesday and held their ground on Wednesday.

Crossbred purchasing was selective with best prepared and specified lots holding firm as the poorly prepared, and lots displaying heavy VM were harder to sell. Wednesday saw the crossbred MPG’s fall away slightly, making the weekly result 3-7c cheaper across the sector.

Merino Cardings were more measured in their price rise with the Eastern States MC’s rising over both days to culminate in 21c and 26c rises in Sydney and Melbourne. Fremantle MC fell 10c over the week however it finished with a strong performance on Wednesday.

-Marty Moses, Moses and Son

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