General market sentiment was tending positive leading into this week’s sale. The result was better than expected but a reflection of continued demand for good specification fine wool in particular. At the same time, the AUD was lower against the USD following nervousness in the share markets. The EMI in USD value is still ranging in the 970/1000 level and this is ensuring solid support from the Chinese market. The lack of good quality fine wool available with NM or CM specification is ensuring that those types remain keenly sought after with Italian and Indian interests most interested.

AWEX Eastern Indicator compared with 21/01/2021

Eastern Indicator

Close: 1407

Change in % +1.08

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Authentico Index Values

15 Micron

Close: 3822

Change in %: -1.92

16 Micron

Close: 3184

Change in %: +0.95

17 Micron

Close: 2767

Change in %: +2.41

18 Micron

Close: 2347

Change in %: +0.21

19 Micron

Close: 1904

Change in %:  unchanged

Authentico Indicator

Close: 2724

Change in %: +2.83


Sales are to be held on Wednesday and Thursday next week with auctions delayed for 1 day in recognition of the Chinese New Year. Fluctuations on the currency market, if continuing up and down, could well play a role in the market performance next week. The solid rise on Thursday might be a deterrent for new business in the short term back a general lack of volume available should ensure there is enough competition to maintain prices around this level.

We are expecting a better supply of RWS certified wool on the market in the next few weeks. Quality is expected to be variable. Prices for certified wool in recent weeks, particularly RWS certified, have greatly exceeded market expectations yet we continue to see global demand for certified wool grow rapidly. Not just for better weaving types but for knitting and all carding types as well. We continue to play our role in the growth of RWS supply through offering RWS certification for audited growers via our Authentico farm group. Interested growers should speak to their broker to discuss their eligibility.

Auction offering – current week

Market          Sale         Offered        Sold       Passed In

North                      S 30                 10569                  9572                  9.4%

South                     M 30                20916                  19279                 7.8%

West                       F 30                 11309                  10207                 9.7%

Auction offering – next week

Market          Sale          Sale days     Volume

North                      S 31                     W / T                     8892

South                     M 31                    W / T                     23195

West                       F 31                     W / T                      9703

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