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kate
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This is a cut and paste job from "Commodity Bubble" which I posted on 28th May 2008.


Must be time for a few charts.

Lead
http://www.kitcometals.com/charts/lead_historical.html

Zinc
http://www.kitcometals.com/charts/zinc_historical.html

Nickel
http://www.kitcometals.com/charts/nickel_historical.html

All three in downtrends, as stated above in the Times article.

Aluminium and copper. Kitco has suddenly decided to pack up for the day so the Al and Cu charts will have to be posted later.
Aluminium and copper have both been supported, unlike the other metals. China isn't buying much in the way of copper at the moment due to the high price. Anyway, they don't need it as they can use Al instead, their Al smelters are running overtime and they will soon have enough to export as well. It will be interesting to see what happens to the Al price then.
Copper is more interesting, what is keeping the price up, fundamentals(is India buying at these prices?)or hope that nobody has heard that it has rained heavily in Chile? Again it will be interesting to see what happens in the next few weeks.

As for oil, well, that is even more interesting. Where there is speculation there is also fundamental shift. Nobody really knows the degree of speculation involved but what I find interesting is that the oil price has just risen and risen. Where is the profit taking? Has worldwide demand risen to such a level that speculators have been confident to just stay in the market?

As one oil analyst said yesterday, maybe the tipping point for a reversal will be the removal of subsidies in Asian countries.

One interesting question, if the oil price does subside where will the hot money go next? The USD? Somewhere else?

Interesting also to see that Volcker endorsed Obama. I wonder if the USD becomes an election issue?

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Finalising the post with charts for copper and Aluminium

Copper.

http://www.kitcometals.com/charts/copper_historical.html

Copper becomes more interesting with each day. At present holding at support of approx USD 3.70. Supply is still low.
Copper is also known as the "bellweather" (or something to that effect) of the US economy. Colin's diary yesterday showed that the transport sector is rising despite high oil prices. Is this another indication that the industrial sector is not as bad as everybody assumes?

Aluminium.

http://www.kitcometals.com/charts/aluminum_historical.html

Aluminium is forming a base at approx USD 1.28/lb. With supply rising the base may not hold however there are plenty of support levels on the way down.


Going back to my comment above, if the oil price does come of the boil where will the money go? Into the tech sector, which as Colin stated in the weekly diary has been one of the few sectors which has been doing well?

Anybody with any ideas?


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Hi Kate

MY POV is that there is too much capital chasing finite resources at the moment. Oil is the No 1 example; other substitutes such as gas are also on the run. Your previous post illustrates that not all commodities are acting alike though.

There is no IRR for commodity prices. Price simply matches current demand to supply and in so doing produces a pricing signal that may also influences future levels of supply and demand.

The only sustainable increase to commodity prices is notational – to reflect inflation.

Substantial global monetary easing has taken place this year to stimulate declining demand yet the price trajectory of energy has increased. A widely accepted explanation to this is that a supply response to the price signal is limited because of the scarcity of oil and that demand is fairly inelastic. If this scenario is true then we can look forward to an inflation shock that will produce a new paradigm and a smaller, energy constrained global economy.

I assign some merit to the scenario that we are facing a constrained growth future in the global economy, not just from oil but also from the environment in general. (Water, CO2, soil nutrition, biodiversity etc). But I see it happening on a longer timeframe.

Can the recent price acceleration of oil be attributable to this scenario reaching a critical phase? My opinion is that it’s unlikely, It is more likely to be too much capital chasing a parasitic return.

Price spikes by speculation may last during the window of bringing on new supplies but prices are likely to fall abruptly as unwinding of speculative positions and new supplies compete for a battered demand.

You ask, “Where will the money go?” if oil comes off the boil. I hope it goes into “real” investment, ie the sort that have a time lag before they pay off whilst holes are drilled and infrastructure built etc. I think we are beyond the point where price speculation on the upside is delivering any benefit through price signals generating additional supply response. Momentum has taken over, there is too much emphasises on investing parasitically for price changes, funnelling capital away from real investments and at the same time demand is being killed.

The short-term price action for oil in particular, just doesn’t look sustainable to me, though there may be merit in the longer-term trend due to environmental constraints. I suspect that those who are investing “right now” on the premise of the long-term trend may find that waiting could have suited their time frame better, but that is just my opinion.







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kate said: "One interesting question, if the oil price does subside where will the hot money go next? The USD? Somewhere else?"

Cotton? It would be a perfect trifecta to hit life's necessities. People can't afford to buy food, energy and clothing.


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Resillent

I agree with you about global growth slowing, about time too.

It would be nice to think that money would pour into real investment but where there is greed and a culture to make money regardless of the future consequences you will have speculative "investment".

OHK

You might be right about cotton. Australian cotton growers are planting more wheat due to the high wheat prices and lower water allocation. The US may have to pay billions of dollars in trade sanctions for failing to scrap illegal subsidies paid to US cotton groweres(BBC)!

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I know there was another thread for this stuff, but it appears to have moved!

Nevertheless Ody, in another thread, mentioned that commodities were sold down and that this might have some significance (or not?).

Commodities are on a downer, and the moot point is if they can fall much lower. It's moot because some of the metals are now selling below cost of production.

My view is that zinc could have the odd cent to fall, but will rise again once the present surplus of metal start to again get eaten into - perhaps in 3-4 months.

Lead is unlikely to fall much further and, in reality, is poised for some solid gains. Warehouse stock levels of lead are being continually eroded, as it's typically a byproduct of zinc mining and many zinc mines are closing down or going into care and maintenance.

Copper has the most downside potential as it's still trading above cost of production, and is making regular inventory gains.

Aluminium inventories are nearing historical highs, despite smelting costs far exceeding LME prices. The inventory surplus will keep a lid on prices for a good while to come.

Nickel is selling well below production costs, and is also suffering from cycle high inventories. Unlike the other metals, nickel's surplus is significantly a factor of substitution via nickel pig iron. That was the case when nickel prices were over $15-20k but is no longer the case. While there remains a lot of low content laterite ore to work through, it seems a silly process given that input costs (via coking coal in particular) are more than twice the sale price. That said, it is difficult seeing nickel get back to fair value in the near term. Perhaps nid-2009 will see some semblance of market balance.

Finally, a comment on uranium. The spot market follies appear to be over and we are likely to see a resumption of the uptrend in months ahead.


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rederob wrote on Sunday, November 09, 2008 - 10:54 pm:

Copper has the most downside potential as it's still trading above cost of production, and is making regular inventory gains.




Agreed Red, copper chart has been in long term downtrend, but looks like falling wedge breakout occurring with multiple indicator divergence: if it continues to break out then $2.00 lb is possible early next year IMO. I note bollinger bands on many hard commodity stocks (particularly toy ones) are contracting suggesting a big move one way or the other coming soon....

$copper

Unfortunately 6 Month LME Copper Warehouse Stocks Level has not turned around yet, so ,may not see much movement before christmas..

6 Month LME Copper Warehouse Stocks Level

On another matter, I see the smarties are calling it "The Wheels Come Off. Carmaggedon is Upon US " I'm sure the bad news will end one day, but because the stockmarket looks say 9 months ahead perhaps the bad news will still be showering upon us and the market will turn (before it goes down again LOL)

It is difficult to have decorum with the crap happening on world markets ATM....
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Happy trading DYOR


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Rederob
I like the look of the Copper chart at the moment,if you were interested in them at the moment, which copper producers do you think would have the most potential?
Cheers


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I too would like the answer.

Eugenio

PS I am holding Kagara Ltd.


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Eugenio,
A very similar chart to one I'm holding ABY.

Murray


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Copper Forecast Charts : These charts don't suggest upward movement in the price and the action the last few days reinforces that .











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'Dr. Copper' gets tested
Year-to-date rally fuels hopes of a turnaround but track record is sullied


Should copper's Ph.D. status be rescinded?
A 9% rebound in copper prices this year recently unearthed the industrial metal's old nickname -- Dr. Copper -- a moniker it earned in past cycles for its ability to predict booms and busts. That's largely due to its widespread use in building and manufacturing.
Prices have shot up in the past few weeks after a surge of Chinese restocking and progress in passing a U.S. stimulus package prompted traders to bid up prices for the metal used in wiring and pipes.
But the base metal's forecasting qualities were tarnished in the past cycle. That's when copper prices, along with a broad range of commodities, stayed high even after the U.S. recession was well underway.
Driving prices higher last year, say some analysts, were pension funds and hedge funds that snapped up commodities as an alternative to stocks and bonds. Prices spiked for reasons other than physical demand; when they crashed, the sharp contraction in global credit was largely to blame. More than in past cycles, copper prices decoupled from industrial demand. ...............



http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/Dr-Coppers-forecasting-ability-tested/stor y.aspx?guid=%7B6AFAA557%2D1251%2D4B31%2DAEE1%2D517A9F287FF7%7D

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