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Commodity Research Report: Weekly Report :Metals & Energy

Metals and Energy Weekly Report (December 15-19, 2014)
15 Dec 2014 | 05:55 PM

  • Japan’s economy shrank more than previously estimated in the third quarter, contracting 1.9% as capital spending declined and private consumption remained weak, the government said.
  • China's imports shrank unexpectedly in November while export growth slowed; fuelling concerns the world's second-largest economy could be facing a sharper slowdown and adding pressure on policymakers to ramp up stimulus measures. Exports rose 4.7 percent from a year earlier, while imports dropped 6.7 percent, the biggest drop since March.
  • China's year-on-year consumer price inflation (CPI) rate fell to a five-year low increasing deflation risks, but also boosting expectations that the world's second largest economy will further ease rates to shore up demand in the real economy. The CPI rate came in at 1.4% from a year earlier in November, its lowest since late 2009, while the monthly rate dropped to the negative zone for the fourth time this year and hitting an 8-month low of -0.2%.
  • U.S. crude stocks fell more than expected last week as refineries hiked output, while gasoline and distillate inventories both rose. Crude inventories fell by 3.7 million barrels in the last week, compared with analysts' expectations for an increase of 1.3 million barrels
  • India’s inflation based on consumer price index (CPI) further cooled to 4.3 percent in November as against 5.52 percent in October whereas the WPI dipped to 0.00 percent in November versus 1.77 percent (MoM).