Australian Weekly Market Report

Published December 14, 2018 by Tim Marwedel


National auction sales have closed for 2018 on a positive note. All types and descriptions have improved over the week in a large national selection. Disappointingly there seemed a larger than usual proportion of the offering was bulk class but this didn’t affect the market sentiment with prices improving until the close. It was a modest and somewhat mature finish for a turbulent year as the market appears to have settled at a reasonable level for both buyers and sellers. AWEX reported the EMI has finished 5.8% higher over the year.

AWEX Eastern Indicator compared with 06/12/2018

Eastern Indicator

Close: 1862

Change in %: +0.70%

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Schneider Indicators compared with 29/11/2018

15 Micron (*)

Close: 2,724

Change in %: +2.83

16 Micron

Close: 2,518

Change in %: +0.36

17 Micron

Close:  2,382

Change in %: +1.34

18 Micron

Close: 2,262

Change in %: +2.21

19 Micron

Close: 2,134

Change in %: +1.08

Each indicator is expressed by a number representing a market quotation for a selected range of types and is not a price expression and it’s not influenced by currency fluctuations.

Wool indicators are anyway based on Australian Dollar.

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We’ve reported before about the reduction in supply. For the season July to December, first hand grower offerings are 21.3% down compared to the same time last year. That doesn’t necessarily reflect a reduction in annual production by this volume but it points out that last year a large volume of grower held wool was ‘flushed out’ and can no longer act as a buffer to market volatility. We remain concerned for volume post-Christmas, like everyone else, and the usual trend is a strong market leading towards the Chinese New Year.

We’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year. Sales will recommence the week of 7th January.

Auction offering – current week

Selling Centres for week 24

Market          Sale          Offered          Sold          Passed In

North                   S 24                12212                    11317                 7.3%

South                   M 24               25162                   23250                 7.6%

West                     F 24                8629                     7962                  7.7%

Auction offering – next week

Market          Sale          Sale days          Volume

North                   no sale

South                   no sale

West                    no sale

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