Weekly Market Updates 2017  (Available for ICDA Members only)

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N°275 - 18th April 2017 
Global Market Outlook
 
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"The J.P.MorganGlobal Manufacturing was at 53.0 in March, stable from February’s 69-month high: “The euro area remained a brighter spot within the global manufacturing sector. Its PMI rose to a near six-year record high, with growth improving in each of the Eurozone’s big-three nations (Germany, France and Italy). Solid, albeit slower, growth was signalled in the US, Japan, the UK and Russia...."                       
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N°274 - 10th April 2017 
Global Market Outlook
 
"Last week Cr ore and concentrate prices were down..."                      
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N°273 - 3rd April 2017 
Global Market Outlook
 
"China’s steel purchasing manager’s index (PMI) reduced in March following 2 months of increase, but remained above the 50 level indicating that the sector is still expanding. The steel PMI dropped by 0.8 points MoM to 50.6 according to data from the China Steel Logistics Professionals Committee (CSLPC), which compiles the index“Although March is typically one of the peak months for steel consumption, a price decline during the period had dampened downstream demand, making the market even weaker than the preceding month...."                      
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N°272 - 27th March 2017 
Global Market Outlook
 
"IHS Markit’s Flash Eurozone Manufacturing PMI Index decreased to 57.2 from 57.3 in February. Commenting on this Chris Williamson, Chief Business Economist at IHS Markit said“The Eurozone economy’s throttle opened further in March, with business activity and hiring surging higher. The March flash PMI rounds off the best quarter for six years and signals GDP growth of 0.6% in the first quarter. Employment growth is meanwhile the best seen for nearly a decade. The acceleration in growth towards the end of the quarter, as well as improving..."                      
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N°271 - 20th March 2017 
Global Market Outlook
 
"IHS Markit’s Global Business Outlook which measured expectations for the year ahead across 12,000 companies in February, showed the highest level of worldwide business confidence in 2.5 years: “February saw the highest net percentage of companies planning to increase output prices since October 2015 (+14%).”
Commenting on this Chris Williamson, Chief Business Economist at IHS Markit said“Global business optimism has perked up since late last year, supporting our view that worldwide economic growth will accelerate in 2017. We’ve seen businesses take a more upbeat view of the coming year in all major developed economies, as well as in..."                 
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N°270 - 13th March 2017 
Global Market Outlook
 
"The J.P.Morgan Global Manufacturing PMI in February hit a 69-month high reaching 52.9 from 52.7 in January. According to IHS Markit and J.P.Morgan“The rate of expansion in global manufacturing production accelerated to a three-year high in February, underpinned by stronger growth of total new orders and rising levels of international trade..."                     
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N°269 - 6th March 2017 
Global Market Outlook
 
"Last week all Cr ore and concentrates prices were stable...                                                                                                       en  zh 
 
N°268 - 27th Ferbruary 2017 
Global Market Outlook
 
"The Markit Flash U.S. Manufacturing PMI Purchasing Managers’ Index recorded 53.9 in February, down fro 55.6 in January. Commenting on this Chris Williamson, Chief Business Economist at IHS Markit said“The drop in the flash PMI numbers for February suggest that the post-election upturn has lost some momentum. Growth of business output, new orders and hiring all waned, as did inflationary pressures. “February also saw a sharp pull-back in business optimism about the outlook over the next 12 months, which suggests companies have become more cautious about spending, investing and hiring. “However, even with the February dip, the PMI remains at a level broadly consistent with the economy growing at a 2.5% annualized rate in the first quarter. The survey’s employment index is meanwhile indicating that a respectable 165,000 jobs were added to the economy in February.                    
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N°267 - 20th Ferbruary 2017 
Global Market Outlook
 
"The Caixin China General Manufacturing PMI in January posted 51, indicating a further improvement in the operating conditions in the manufacturing economy. However it was down from last December’s 47-month record of 51.9. As per Caixin/IHS“Latest data signalled a further improvement in the health of China’s manufacturing sector at the start of 2017. However, the rate of improvement slowed since December, as output and new orders increased at weaker rates amid a further reduction in employment. In contrast, new export work rose at the fastest pace since September 2014..."                        
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N°266 - 13th Ferbruary 2017 
Global Market Outlook
 
"At 52.7, the J.P.Morgan Global Manufacturing PMI was unchanged from the December’s 34-month high: “The improvement in business conditions was led by the investment goods sector, where the PMI rose to its highest level in over five-and-a-half years. The improvement at consumer goods producers was slightly better than that seen in December, while growth in the intermediate goods category lost some momentum. Manufacturing production increased for the fifty-first successive month in January...".
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N°265 - 6th Ferbruary 2017 
Global Market Outlook
 

"During the Chinese Holiday, international chrome ore and concentrate prices have been stable (Chart 1).According to an official press release from Jubilee Platinum, the commissioning of its chrome recovery and platinum group metals (PGMs) plants at its Hernic project” is on schedule..."                             
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N°264 - 30th January 2017 
Global Market Outlook
 

According to the World Bank, strong gains are expected for industrial commodities such as energy and metals in 2017. In its Commodity Markets Outlook, the World Bank announced a crude oil price forecast for the year at $55 per barrel, up 29% from 2016: “The energy price forecast assumes members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other oil producers will partially comply with an agreement to limit production after a long period of unrestrained output...”

"At 52.7, the J.P.Morgan Global Manufacturing PMI was unchanged from the December’s 34-month high: “The improvement in business conditions was led by the investment goods sector, where the PMI rose to its highest level in over five-and-a-half years. The improvement at consumer goods producers was slightly better than that seen in December, while growth in the intermediate goods category lost some momentum. Manufacturing production increased for the fifty-first successive month in January..."                                                                                       en  zh 

N°263 - 23rd January 2017 
Global Market Outlook
 

According to IHS Markit, the ASEAN Manufacturing sector saw its business conditions worsening at the quickest rate in 13 months during December. The index fell was down to 49.1 in December 2016 from 49.4 the previous month. Commenting on this Bernard Aw, economist at IHS Markit said: "The fourth quarter has seen a contraction in the ASEAN PMI for the first time in 2016..."

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N°262 - 19th January 2017 
Global Market Outlook
 

ICDA Interview
Lara Smith: 
Regarding ferrochrome producers, “there is no major comparative advantage in the cost saving of chrome ore apart from transport between China and South Africa.”

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N°261 - 09th January 2017 
Global Market Outlook
 
"The J.P.Morgan Global Manufacturing PMI increased the the fourth consecutive month in December to 52.7 from 52.1 in November. According to the J.P.Morgan Global Manufacturing PMI survey“December PMI data signalled a stronger improvement in the health of the global manufacturing sector..."
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N°260 - 19th December 2016 
Global Market Outlook
 
ICDA Interview! R.K Sharma: “FIMI is of the firm opinion that wherever the country is self-sufficient in raw material, the same should not be imported." 
L.R: Where are the chrome mines in India and how is the market organized?
R.K.S: Chromite mines in India are located in Odisha and Karnataka, with 99% of the production coming from Sukinda valley in Odisha...
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