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Weekly commentary on the wool market from AWI trade specialists.
Australian wool markets basically consolidated around the ruling levels this week at auction. Interest remained high for all wool types, with a surprising concentration of buyers attention shifting to the crossbred and not so surprising to the carding area once again. Merino fleece and skirtings were by no means neglected, but some price sensitivity was seen, particularly around the poorer and harder to place end of the selection. The AWEX EMI (Australian Wool Exchange- Eastern Market Indicator) slipped by a margin of 6ac clean/kg to close at 1812ac clean/kg, after setting a new daily record of 1820 on the opening day. It remains to be clear if that number will stand as an official record, as it was a nominal quoted EMI with just the Melbourne centre operating.
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The return of a positive trend to Australian wool auction markets accelerated significantly during this week’s sales. In a staggering week of good fortune for wool growers who were selling, most Merino wool types on offer were verging on a full 100ac clean/kg dearer by the close of selling, with some individual lots advancing 150 to 200ac. Crossbreds were by no means neglected either, as these wools all headed 50 to 70 ac higher. The AWEX EMI (Australian Wool Exchange- Eastern Market Indicator) gained 80ac clean/kg to close at 1818ac clean/kg, equalling the record level set in January of this year.
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The market downturn of the past two weeks seems to have halted across most types on offer this week at Australian wool auctions. Weak market conditions were witnessed initially on the first day of selling, but this was quickly followed by a solid consolidation. Prices then commenced to rise towards the close, particularly across the FNF (Free to Nearly Free - less than 1% vegetable matter) Merino fleece wools of all qualities. Cardings remained in a negative trend though, but the rapid falls of past sales were largely contained to relatively minor daily losses. The AWEX EMI (Australian Wool Exchange Eastern Market Indicator) registered a 6ac clean/kg reduction for the week to close at 1738 ac clean/kg. In USD the EMI remained fully firm at the same level of 1398usc clean kg.
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This week saw the volume sold at Australian wool auction markets for the current season reach beyond the 1 million bale mark, but unfortunately the real news was the retraction of price levels across most wool types. Merino fleece wools managed to hold on reasonably well, but all other sectors of the market were adversely affected. The AWEX EMI (Australian Wool Exchange - Eastern Market Indicator) registered a 57ac reduction for the week to close at 1744 ac clean/kg. In USD the EMI fared better but still slipped 36usc lower to 1398usc clean kg.
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Australian wool auction markets generally consolidated around ruling price levels this week after the strong gains of the opening sale. Some handy advances did continue on super fine (16.5u to 17.5u) and ultra fine (finer than 16.5u) Merino wools, but on the whole, the market eased by around 20ac clean/kg in Australian dollar (AUD) terms. Significantly though, the market was largely unchanged to slightly dearer when expressed on a US dollar (USD) basis. This is significant given the world largely buys wool in this currency and therefore this is a true reflection of the market. The AWEX EMI (Australian Wool Exchange Eastern Market Indicator) eased back 17ac for the week to close at 1801 ac clean/kg, but actually gained 3usc to finish at 1434usc clean/kg.
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