Very welcome rain is currently falling over much of Eastern Australia including both drought and fire affected regions. They are recording good steady rain falls that is expected to last for a few days. This is extremely good news for our country friends and fire fighters alike and we wish them all well.

Added to this good news, the wool market was poised to open strongly in 2020 with expectations of a 2 to 3% improvement for Tuesday’s opening sale day. Chinese interest had improved slowly over the recess following improved trade news. In the end prices were around 4% dearer followed by a more steadying tone on Wednesday. The finer micron types, 17.0 and finer, were clearly in favor and continued to advance over both days. There were a small offering of 13.5/14.5 micron shorter length types that exceed most expectations with very strong support from both Europe and Chinese interests.

There was a concerning drop in prices late Wednesday in Fremantle with a higher passed in rate as prices lost at least half of the previous day’s gains. This led to a cautious open to Thursday in Melbourne (no sale in Sydney) but confidence improved as the sale continued. Prices finished higher than those in the last session from Fremantle on Wednesday. In the end the market closed the week around about the original expectation of about 3% dearer for 18.0 and broader while the finer microns were 4 to 6% dearer (finest most affected).

AWEX Eastern Indicator compared with 20/12/2019

Eastern Indicator

Close: 1609

Change in % +3.27

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Authentico Index Values

15 Micron

Close: 2613

Change in %: +6.04

16 Micron

Close: 2445

Change in %: +4.48

17 Micron

Close: 2225

Change in %: +4.80

18 Micron

Close: 2098

Change in %: +3.10

19 Micron

Close: 1984

Change in %: +2.37

Authentico Indicator

Close: 2245

Change in %: +4.13


The variability seen in the first week was not ideal but we were encouraged by the level of confidence and a more mature market on Thursday. We have a very large offering next week that perhaps spooked the buying trade on Wednesday. We remain confident that the Chinese sector needs greasy wool in the short term. The ability of the exporters to finance the clip with prompt cash payment terms was also floated as a reason for reduce activity. It was not necessarily that buyers were less willing to buy.

Auction offering – current week

Selling Centres for week 29

Market          Sale          Offered             Sold       Passed In

North                      S 29                     11,086                     10,673                  3.7%

South                     M 29                    27,393                      25,087                 8.4%

West                       F 29                      13,782                      11,029                 20.0%

Auction offering – next week

Market          Sale          Sale days          Volume

North                      S 30                     W/T                           15,985

South                     M 30                   T/W/T                        30,297

West                       F 30                     W/T                            13,608


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