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Commodity Bulletin — Turbulent first six months

Too late to sell by midsummer
Between New Year and midsummer, the price of Brent oil fell by almost 25%. Most base metals are still showing gains during the year, although increases have petered out. At the same time, gold - the traditional form of risk insurance - has increased by 10% during the first six months of the year. What has happened? The global self-fulfilling global recovery has petered out.

Short-term Trump euphoria
The optimism since the US election in November last year has generally been regarded as a "Trump trade." Initially, the US produced better economic statistics, but this was largely due to an increasing oil price, an upswing in China and QE, rather than Trump. Together, these three driving forces have been strong enough to lift the economy and growth expectations, but the effects have now subsided, and it will probably be difficult for President Trump to compensate for this. The US economic climate has been quite strongly linked to changes in the oil price since the shale boom of 2010. Thus, the downturn in the oil price will weigh heavily on US statistics during the second half of the year.

Low level of confidence in OPEC
The half-yearly OPEC meeting in Vienna was a show of strength from the growing cartel. A broader agree-ment has never previously been reached - 24 countries are taking part. However, the fact that the US - the growing producer - remains outside the cartel does not help. Stocks are not falling in the way that OPEC would like, and we retain our year-end oil price forecast of USD 40.

Base metals to follow China's mini-cycle
China's recovery seemed solid during the first quarter of the year, but macro data for April and May demonstrate that the growth peak for this cycle is behind us.

Martin Jansson, Strategist | nija03@handelsbanken.se

Macro Comment China — We expect a weaker CNY vs. USD, but only temporarily

The marked strengthening of the CNY versus the USD in late May prompts us to lower our short-term USD/CNY forecast. Revisions to our house view on the general USD strength also imply revisions to our CNY outlook. However, our underlying view is unchanged and we still expect a weakening of the CNY versus the USD in the short term, but a stronger CNY in the long term.

Bjarke Roed-Frederiksen, Senior Economist | bjro03@handelsbanken.dk

Fast Comment China — Slowdown continues, but no sign of a collapse

  1. Industrial production and retail sales growth stable in May
  2. Signs of housing market dampening measures kicking in
  3. No dramatic slowdown

Bjarke Roed-Frederiksen, Senior Economist | bjro03@handelsbanken.dk

Fast Comment China — The April decline in manufacturing PMI was not repeated in May

  1. Official PMI points to stability
  2. Growth will slow ahead

Bjarke Roed-Frederiksen, Senior Economist | bjro03@handelsbanken.dk

Fast Comment China — Credit rating downgrade a blow to China’s push to attract foreign bond investors

  1. Limited negative effect on the overall economy
  2. More difficult to liberalise capital restrictions
  3. Authorities reject the arguments

Bjarke Roed-Frederiksen, Senior Economist | bjro03@handelsbanken.dk

Fast comment China — The slowdown is here

  1. All indicators point to slower growth
  2. Industrial sector leading the slowdown – property to follow suit
  3. Do not fear a total collapse

Bjarke Roed-Frederiksen, Senior Economist | bjro03@handelsbanken.dk