Thin forward wool trading as auction market struggles

Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Markets partner, May 19, 2023

Southern Aurora Markets partner Mike Avery.

IT was another arduous week on the wool auction front and forward markets were thinly traded.

Support levels that had held since before Christmas broke with the 19-micron index dropping below 1600 cents and 21 micron below 1400 cents.

The forward markets were once again only thinly traded with all action in the nearby window. May and June all traded above the closing cash numbers. The forward board closed the week dominated by the sellers. The focus remains in the nearby with offers at cash out into June. Spring sellers remain a little more conservative with offers still 40-80 cents above cash.

Buyers are hard to find with activity clearing the few bids in nearby and exporters and processors yet to find interest in the first half of next season. Longer term bidding remains with April 2024 to June 2025 still supported at 1600 cents for limited quantities.

Next week, with 46,000 bales on offer, will be important as the market looks to find support. The general commodity landscape remains steady having absorbed the ongoing negative sentiment out of the US around debt ceiling standoff. Cotton futures trading close to five-month highs before retreating slightly.

This week’s trades

May                       19 micron                            1600 cents                                           5 tonnes

June                      19 micron                            1600 cents                                           5 tonnes

June                      19.5 micron                         1535 cents                                           5 tonnes

June                      21 micron                            1410 cents                                           5 tonnes

Total                                                                                                                        20 tonnes


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