- China Exports Fall Most in Seven Months
China’s exports dropped the most since February as global demand remained tepid, adding to pressure to the yuan, which is near a six-year low.
- Exports fell 10 percent from a year earlier in September, the customs administration said Thursday
- Imports declined 1.9 percent
- In yuan terms, shipments declined 5.6 percent, imports rose 2.2 percent
- Trade surplus fell to $42 billion
Lackluster trade data may increase pressure on the yuan at the same time new property curbs challenge the resilience of the nation’s economic recovery. Third-quarter growth probably held up at 6.7 percent for a third straight quarter, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists before the official report due Oct. 19.
The data are “consistent with a significant slowdown in global trade volumes,” said Sue Trinh, head of Asia FX strategy at RBC Capital Markets in Hong Kong. “China is running out of options and letting the RMB go is the lowest cost option for them. We’ve seen them move in this direction after getting past the formal SDR inclusion date. There’s more work to do.”
“The numbers cut against the view that stronger competitiveness from a weaker yuan and more demand as U.S. households strengthen will return exports to a growth path,” Bloomberg Intelligence economists Fielding Chen and Tom Orlik wrote in a report. For the yuan, “shrinking exports will add to fears it has further to fall.”
“The export backdrop merely underlines some of the downside risks to GDP growth,” said Michael Every, head of financial markets research at Rabobank in Hong Kong. “Expect the yuan to move down with it. China is still being kept afloat by a housing bubble and massive state stimulus.”
“The expectation of a weaker yuan won’t have a big impact on trade in the next two months, since the effect of depreciation on trade is diminishing,” said Zhu Qibing, chief macro economy analyst at BOCI International (China) Ltd. in Beijing. “Exports are likely to return to positive in October at the earliest as Christmas orders come in.”
Falling exports to the European Union and U.K. suggest the downside risks to China’s economic recovery from Brexit can’t be ignored, said David Qu, a markets economist at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. in Shanghai.
- Exports to EU fell 9.8 percent, U.K. shipments slid 10.8 percent, U.S. down 8.1 percent
- Crude oil imports rose to a record as a new strategic reserve site became operational
- Steel exports shrank for a third month to the lowest since February
- Yuan depreciation’s impact on trade is limited, customs spokesman says at a briefing
- Yuan has dropped 3.4 percent against the dollar this year, the biggest decline in Asia, and weakened 6.2 percent against a 13-currency trade-weighted index
- The People’s Bank of China on Thursday weakened the daily reference rate for the seventh day in a row, the longest weakening run since January
Oil Prices News: Oil Gains Following Drops in US Crude Inventories
Oil Prices Gain Following Drops in US Crude Inventories and OPEC High Compliance Level
Global oil prices extended their 2 percent gains on Thursday after data showed U.S crude oil inventories declined last week.
The price of Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is measured, gained 0.2 percent or 7 cents to $43.39 a barrel as at 12:10 pm Nigerian time. While the U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude appreciated by 8 cent or 0.2 percent to $41.12 barrels.
Oil prices extended their three days gain after the American Petroleum Institute said the U.S crude inventories declined by 5.4 million barrels in the week ended October 9.
The report released after the market closed on Wednesday revealed that distillate stockpiles, which include diesel and heating oil, declined by 3.9 million barrels. Those stated drawdowns almost double analysts’ projections for the week.
“Much of the fall is due to the effects of Hurricane Delta shuttering U.S. production in the Gulf of Mexico, and as such, will be a transitory effect,” said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst, Asia Pacific at OANDA.
“Therefore, I am not getting too excited that a turn of direction is upon markets, although both contracts are approaching important technical resistance regions.”
Also, the report that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies, referred to as OPEC+ attained 102 percent compliance level with their oil production cuts agreements bolstered global oil outlook. Suggesting that demands for the commodity are likely not growing and could drag down prices in few weeks, especially when one factor in the reopening of Libya’s Sharara oil field, workers returning to operation in Norway and the Gulf of Mexico.
Oil Prices Gain on Tuesday Despite Expected Surge in Global Oil Supplies
Oil Prices Rise Despite Expected Surge in Global Oil Supplies
Oil prices gained on Tuesday despite Libya opening Sharara oil field for production, labour in Norway reaching an agreement with oil firms to return back to work and oil workers in the U.S returning to the Gulf of Mexico region after the Hurrican Delta.
Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil price is measured, gained 1.77 percent to $42.46 per barrel as at 11:15 am Nigerian time on Tuesday.
While the US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil gained 2 percent to close at $40.22 per barrel.
The improvement in prices was after oil prices plunged as much as 3 percent on Monday following a resolution reached by Libyan rebels and government to commence oil production at the nation’s largest oil field, Sharara Oil Field.
This coupled with labour agreement with oil firms in Norway was expected to boost global oil supplies and eventually weighed on prices and disrupt OPEC+ production cuts strategy.
However, prices surged after Nancy Pelosi said she would commence talks on $1.8 trillion stimulus package following President Trump’s return to the White House after he was rushed to hospital following a positive COVID-19 test.
Joe Biden Win Could Boost Oil Prices, Says Goldman Sachs
Oil Prices to Surge Once Joe Biden Wins -Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs, one of the world’s largest investment banks, has said Joe Biden win could boost global oil prices despite weak global economic outlook and COVID-19 negative impacts on the world’s growth.
The investment bank, however, remains bullish on both oil and gas prices regardless of the election outcome in November.
The bank sees oil and gas demand rising enough in 2021 to supersede election results but explained that Biden win could bolster prices by making production more expensive and more regulated for producers in the U.S.
In a note written by the bank’s commodities team on Sunday, it said “We do not expect the upcoming U.S. elections to derail our bullish forecasts for oil and gas prices, with a Blue Wave likely to be in fact a positive catalyst.”
“Headwinds to U.S. oil and gas production would rise further under a Joe Biden administration, even if the candidate has struck a centrist tone.”
Goldman Sachs explained that if incumbent, Trump, is re-elected with pro-oil and gas policies in place that “its impact would likely remain modest at best,” Goldman’s analysts wrote, “given the more powerful shift in investor focus to incorporate ESG metrics and the associated corporate capex re-allocation away from fossil fuels.”
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