MetalMiner has just released its January 2019 edition of the Monthly Metal Buying Outlook, in which we explore how the fall in commodities — namely crude oil prices — and the continued weakness of the greenback are driving industrial metals prices.
What Happened Over the Last Month?
According to the report,
- Both commodities and base metals sectors have been in downtrends over the past month.
- Crude oil prices fell below the $50/barrel level, signaling a bearish outlook for crude oil. OPEC has tried to shore up oil prices by establishing output cuts and quotas for its members and allies, including Russia.
- The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) PMI reading for December rose, while the Caixin China Manufacturing PMI fell for the month.
What Does it Mean for Metals in the Near-Term Future?
In the detailed sections of the report, get the drill-down analysis behind trends for base metals and several forms of steel:
- Read about why aluminum buyers should watch the U.S. Midwest premium.
- Find out how decreasing stocks on the SHFE may be a key driver of tin prices.
- Learn the buying strategies that come out of the analyzing the trends — from aluminum all the way down to HRC, CRC, HDG and plate steel.