Key calls for metals in 2021

After staging a stellar recovery in 2020, there is considerable momentum in metals prices as we embark on the new year. That said, while prices may rise further in the near term, we think that they will start to ease back in the second half of 2021 as China withdraws its economic stimulus and supply picks up.
Caroline Bain Chief Commodities Economist
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Metals Data Response

Global Aluminium Production (Dec.)

Although global aluminium output fell in y/y terms in December, it still grew strongly over 2021. The lifting of power restrictions in China has helped increase global output despite a reduction in European output resulting from energy shortages. Looking ahead, we expect a slowdown in Chinese construction activity to weigh on aluminium prices in 2022.

20 January 2022

Industrial Metals Update

Slower growth in China to drag on prices in 2022

While high power prices and low stocks will support prices in the near term, we think that prices will pull back in the second half of 2022 as Chinese economic activity slows further and supply improves. Drop-In: Neil Shearing will host an online panel of our senior economists to answer your questions and update on macro and markets this Thursday, 13th January (11:00 ET/16:00 GMT). Register for the latest on everything from Omicron to the Fed to our key calls for 2022. Registration here.

13 January 2022

Metals Data Response

Global Steel Production (Nov.)

Global steel production contracted in y/y terms in November, mainly owing to depressed output in China. Although China’s power rationing came to an end last month, there are no signs of an upturn in steel supply. Given our expectation that construction-related steel demand will remain subdued, a sustained rebound in China’s steel production appears unlikely in the coming months.

22 December 2021

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China PMIs herald a period of slower growth

China’s June survey data show softer growth in activity and supports our forecast that economic growth will slow from here, which will weigh on the prices of most commodities, especially the metals.

1 July 2021

Energy Data Response

US Weekly Petroleum Status Report

US crude stocks fell for the sixth consecutive week amid the ongoing rebound in product demand as the virus-related restrictions continue to be lifted. That said, if OPEC+ decide to gradually raise output from August (as we expect) and US import volumes pick up, stocks may stabilise in the coming months.

30 June 2021

Industrial Metals Update

Making sense of the rise in exchange stocks

Exchange stocks of base metals have risen this year, which usually suggests that markets are well supplied. But much of the recent build in stocks has been opportunistic and driven by financial considerations rather than a surplus in the market. Regardless, we think that supply of most metals will pick up in the coming months, which should boost stocks further and weigh on prices.

29 June 2021
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