Though the year so far has seen positive momentum when it comes to supply side of various commodities, Barclays does not expect the same to be the case as we move forward into the second half of the year. This applies to commodities like copper, platinum, crude oil and grains. Approaching the commodities one at a time would give us a better picture.
Monthly production data of copper from Chile, amongst the world’s biggest producers of copper, says that April saw the commodity declining in production by 1.2% y/y and 9% m/m. This is the first decline registered this year subsequent to an output growth of 7% y/y in Q1.
There is an upcoming worker wage negotiation in South Africa with the political party of AMCU attending the talks for the first time. If the talks get protracted or a labour action stems from the same, supply disruptions may get to be the norm.
The Sudanese exports have been resuming slowly even as Yemen’s Marib pipeline has been repaired. But it may not be time for rejoicing as both developments are reversible. Yemen’s pipeline could be attacked yet again by the militants (“the frequency of pipeline attacks in Yemen have not faded and risk remains for a relapse”); nature of relationship between North and South Sudan being volatile, the crude oil flows may not be as reliable.
Besides the domestic conflicts and geopolitical factors are not favorable in Iraq, Libya and Nigeria.
Rain and wet weather have been playing dampeners as delays surface in US spring plantings of corn and soybeans.