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MonthlyCopperBulletinMay

  MARKET COMMENTARY 

While European markets started May with sales, American markets started with a increase despite the pressure from the Fed meeting. After the Fed, US indices increased their premiums with the messages Jerome Powell gave at the press conference.

At the FOMC meeting in May, it was decided to raise interest rates by 50 basis points, as expected. The Fed stated in its statement that it would start the balance sheet reduction operation from June. Speaking at the press conference after the decision was announced, Fed Chairman Powell stated that the US economy is strong, economic activity is possible to show a controllable cooling, and they think that the economy can handle interest rate hikes, adding that a 50 basis point rate hike is on the table in the upcoming meetings.

The most striking point in Powell's speech was that he stated that the interest rate hike by 75 basis points was not evaluated now, and after this discourse, rapid increases were observed in stock indices. However, in the next two trading days, very hard sales were observed in major European indices and US indices due to the concerns of recession possibility.

After Jerome Powell said at the press conference that the US is not in a wage-price increase cycle, the employment market is quite warm and the US economy is strong enough to handle interest rate hikes, the importance of non-farm employment data has increased even more. The data, which had an expectation of 380 thousand in the headline, exceeded the expectations and was announced as 428 thousand. The unemployment rate remained at 3.6%, while monthly hourly earnings rose 0.3%, worsening than expectations of 3.5% and 0.4%, respectively. Labor force participation in the American economy was 62.2% in April, below the expected level of 62.5%.

CPI in the USA, realized as 8.30%, above the expectation of 8.10% in the annual data, and as 0.3%, above the expectation of 0.2% in the monthly data.

The fact that the data was realized above expectations had a negative impact on the US stock markets, with the fear that the FED might be more hawkish in its decision to increase interest rates. Investors continued to be concerned about the economic effects of aggressive rate hikes to contain inflation.

In PPI, the headline figure was in line with the monthly expectation of 0.5%, while the producer price index in the basket excluding food and energy increased by 0.4%, below the expectation of 0.7%.

Powell stated that they would continue to tighten their monetary policy until inflation falls, and that they will need to consider acting more aggressively if they do not see clear and convincing evidence that inflation is falling. After Powell's hawk statements, on Wednesday, May 18, US indices experienced a daily depreciation of close to 5%.

Global markets started the last week of the month with a rising reaction after the hard sales they experienced. Another agenda item was the rumors that the United States might reduce some of the customs duties imposed against China during the time of Donald Trump. Positive expectations for China-US relations also supported the positive mood.

The minutes of the Fed's meeting on May 3-4 also gave support to Wall Street, showing that officials continue to believe the US economy is strong.

According to the minutes, while all of the officials supported the 50 basis point rate hike, "most of the participants" stated that it would be "appropriate" to increase interest rates at the same rate at the meetings in June and July.

Market players, who learned that 50 basis point increases were agreed in the next meetings, in order not to be left behind in case of future economic weakness and there are no surprises in the Fed meeting minutes, did not spoil their risk appetite.

With the recovery, US indices Dow Jones and S&P 500 closed flat on a monthly basis, while Nasdaq lost 2.05%.

Eurozone April retail sales figures, on the other hand, failed to meet expectations, with data showing an annual increase of 0.8%, which was expected to increase by 1.8%.

The Bank of England, on the other hand, increased the interest rate by 1% in line with the expectations.

The UK CPI was announced as 9% in April, just below the 9.1% expectation, at the highest level in 40 years.

While the CPI in China was announced as 2.1%, above the expectations of 1.8%, the PPI was announced as 8%, above the expectations of 7.7%.

The pessimism was felt in the weak economic data from China in the middle of the month. In April, industrial production in China fell 2.9% year-on-year, against expectations for a 0.5% increase. Similarly, retail sales declined by 11.1%, well above the 6.6% decrease expected.

To support its slowing economy, China lowered its five-year borrowing rate (LPR) more than expected by 15 basis points, but kept its one-year LPR rate unchanged. The five-year LPR affects mortgage pricing, with most analysts surveyed by Reuters predicting a 5 basis point cut in both rates.

Oil, started May with losses as lockdowns in China, a stronger dollar and rising recession risk bolstered concerns about the global demand outlook. Afterwards, oil prices, which were supported by the expectations that demand, will recover with the gradual relaxation of some of the strict coronavirus measures in China, made premium closures, supported by the EU's plans to impose a ban on Russian crude oil and the approach of the summer season when demand increased in the USA. Brent oil was appreciated by 12.35% and US crude oil by 9.53% on a monthly basis.

Gold, closed at $1,838 with a loss of 3.13% in May due to the rise in dollar and bond yields supported by the Fed's pro-tightening stance.

LME copper, which rose to $9,770 after the Fed meeting, could not rise above this level again due to recession concerns, declining risk appetite and harsh sales in global indices.

While demand concerns caused by the quarantines in China weighed down the price, it fell to $8,938, the lowest level in the last 7 months, on May 12.

LME copper, which moved upwards with the support of decreasing stocks and weakening dollar in the last week of the month, as well as the news flow about the loosening of restrictions in China and the incentives announced by China within the scope of reviving the economy. LME copper ended May with a loss of 2.83% at $9,439.



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MonthlyCopperBulletinApril

  MARKET COMMENTARY 

April started with rising indexes, led by technology shares, with the news that Elon Musk bought 9.2% of Twitter. However, risk appetite was suppressed when FED official Brainard said that FED will continue to tighten its policies systematically and shrink its balance sheet rapidly as of May.

Among the remarkable items in the minutes of the FED's meeting held on March 15-16, it was stated that it would be appropriate to narrow the balance sheet to $95 million per month. It was also seen that many officials agreed to increase by 50 basis points, but accepted an increase of 25 basis points due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and that one or more 50 basis points would be appropriate in the future. The minutes showed that worries among officials that inflation was rising to levels that could pose a threat to the economy were intensified.

While Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the agreement talks have come to a deadlock once again; US President Joe Biden has announced that the US will expand the size and scope of weapons it provides to Ukraine with a new $800 million military aid package.

In addition, the International Monetary Fund lowered its global growth forecasts for 2022 and 2023, saying that the economic impact from Russia's invasion of Ukraine will spread everywhere.

While Euro continued to fell with expectations that sanctions against Moscow would be increased due to allegations that Russia killed civilians in Ukraine, USD was supported by the loss in the Euro. The fact that the published FED minutes remained above expectations supported the rise in the dollar with the loss in Euro.

The dollar index, which retreated to the level of 99.750 for a short time, after the inflation data, continued to rise with the rising commodity prices amid the unrest in Israel and the intensifying war in Ukraine, as the dollar strengthened its shelter status.

On the other hand, James Bullard, one of the FED chiefs, said that the 75 basis point interest rate increase should be evaluated if needed. Neel Kashkari explained that the FED would have to "do more" to curb inflation if lockdowns in China further aggravate supply chain disruptions. Chicago FED President Charles Evans, who was in favor of 25 basis point rate hikes just a month ago, said he would not be bothered by rate hikes this year, which will include two 50 basis point hikes. These explanations were perceived as hawkish.

FED Chairman Powell's statements on a front-loaded rate hike and 50 basis points on the table at the May meeting were also met with hawkishness and led to sales.

US indexes ended April with Dow Jones 4.91%, S&P 500 8.80% and Nasdaq 13.26% loss.

The dollar index, started April at the level of 98.934, and ended the month at 102,959 with a premium of 4.73% with the news flow. Against the dollar, the euro fell 4.74% and the pound 4.28%.

On the economic data side, the March inflation data in the USA was announced on the headline, with an increase of 1.2% on a monthly basis in line with the expectation and an increase of 8.5% on an annual basis, despite the expectation of 8.4%. In the core, it was announced as 0.3% against the 0.5% expectation on a monthly basis and 6.5% against the 6.6% expectation on an annual basis.

Retail Sales came in at 0.5%, from 0.6% expected in March.

In the Beige Book, it was stated that the FED's increasing costs were passed on to consumers by companies over higher prices and this trend is expected to continue. He emphasized that the difficulties in finding employees continue despite the tightness in the employment market and increasing wages, that the most position changes are seen among low-wage workers, while the demand for housing continues to be strong, the supply remains limited.

While the manufacturing PMI data for April was announced at 59.7, above the expectations, the services data was realized as 54.7, below the forecasts.

In China, Caixin PMI Services data fell 8.2 points to 42, below the expectation of 49.7.

China's CPI and PPI data, on the other hand, came in at 1.5% and 8.3% YoY, respectively, above expectations.

GDP 1st quarter data was announced as 4.2%, better than the expected 4.2% and 4.8% in the previous data.

Eurozone PPI rose 1.1% in February, versus 1.2% expectations.

While the ECB kept the interest rate unchanged at -0.5% in line with the expectations, more dovish statements were followed compared to the FED.

The expectation that more sanctions will be imposed on Russia in oil prices created supply concerns and supported prices upwards.

However, there was a decline in prices due to the subsequent announcement that they would release 240 million barrels of oil from the reserves in order to close the gap in the markets, and the demand-reducing effect of the pandemic restrictions in China.

The prices, which started to rise again with Putin's statement that the neogations were deadlocked and the production might decrease in Russia, which is struggling with sanctions, ended April with a premium of 1.33% for Brent oil and 4.40% for US crude oil.

Despite the gains in the dollar index at the beginning of April, the pressures stemming from the crisis in Ukraine and increasing inflation increased the attractiveness of gold, which is seen as a safe haven, and gold failed to maintain this momentum and closed at $1,896 with a monthly loss of 2.11 percent.

LME copper started April strong at $10,368, supported by the decline in Chilean production and the possibility of further sanctions against Russia increasing the risk of supply shortages and hovered in the $10,153-$10,580 range until the last week of the month.

Supported by the US inflation data, LME copper maintained its strong course with China's announcement that it would take steps to support the economy.

However, LME copper, which has turned its direction down again with the strengthening dollar and demand concerns in China, has seen a decline due to China's decision to keep the benchmark interest rates constant instead of lowering them, and the decline in global indices.

LME copper, which fell below the level of $10,000 in the last week of the month, ended April with a loss of 6.30% at $9,714.

Another factor that affected prices downwards was the increasing stocks in the LME, with the stocks rising to their highest levels since October 2021.



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MonthlyCopperBulletinMarch

  MARKET COMMENTARY 

Global stock markets started March with a sharp decline amid rising commodity prices and concerns over rising energy costs.

Despite the intensification of the conflicts between Russia and Ukraine, the expectations that progress can be made in the negotiations supported the markets, while the eyes turned to the pandemic again after China quarantined the city of Shenzhen with a population of 17.5 million for at least a week.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba in Antalya. However, the failure to achieve the desired result from the meeting caused the risk appetite to deteriorate again in the global stock markets.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy said stated that peace talks are starting to sound more realistic, but more time is needed. Zelensky also requested the United States to establish a no-fly zone over part or potentially all of Ukraine by connecting online to the U.S. Congress.

In the second half of the month, Putin's demand for "hostile" countries to pay for Russian gas in rubles, and Foreign Minister Antony Blinken's official announcement that the US government believes Russia has committed war crimes in Ukraine and should be prosecuted were the highlights.

In the last week of March, the ceasefire negotiations and the possibility of a possible positive development, albeit low, supported the increase in risk appetite, while the indices were premium due to the announcements that the military operations in and around Kyiv would be reduced.

While optimistic statements came from the talks held in Turkey, the announcement that the Russian wing would cease operations in Kyiv and Chernihiv caused the atmosphere of peace to blow.

Afterwards, the inconclusiveness of the ongoing peace talks, with Russia stating that the negotiations had not yet been concluded and that there were many items to be understood, led to a regression in the risk appetite and the risk appetite turned negative again.

Right after the CPI inflation data announced in the US in line with the forecasts, European Central Bank President Lagerde stated that she may terminate the bond repurchase program faster than expected if the data allows.

CPI in the USA reached 7.9% in February, showing the fastest increase in 40 years. The PPI was announced as 0.8%, while it was expected to be 0.9% monthly, while the 10% expectation for the year was realized as 10%.

One of the most important agenda items, the FED, increased the interest rates by 25 basis points in line with the expectations, and stated that this level would be increased at every meeting for the rest of the year, signaling that it started an intense fight against inflation and put forward an aggressive interest rate increase schedule.

Although sales were observed in US indices and risky assets with the beginning of FED Chairman Jerome Powell's speech, the FED's attitude was not perceived as "hawk" by the markets in the continuation of the statements. In the market, which got over the Fed fear, there was no FED message interpreted as a hawk, and the indices were relieved.

However, the tone of Jerome Powell's speech the following week appeared to be more hawkish than his post-interest statements. Powell stated that although no final decision has been taken yet, the monetary policy committee may increase the pace of interest rate hikes if it deems necessary, start the balance sheet reduction in the coming May, and raise the policy rate above the neutral interest level. Emphasizing that the economy is strong, Powell stated that there are many examples of soft landings in the history of the USA, and this situation was interpreted that FED members saw high inflation as a greater risk rather than the risks related to economic growth.

The non-farm employment data for March was announced as 431 thousand, below the expectations of 490 thousand. The unemployment rate fell from 3.8% to 3.6%.

In line with the market expectations, the Bank of England decided to increase interest rates by 25 basis points.

The March CPI inflation data for the EU region, on the other hand, came in at 2.5%, well above the expectations of 1.8%.

While the PPI in China is expected to decline from 9.1% to 8.6%, the CPI was announced as 8.8%, while the CPI was announced as 0.9% in line with the expectations.

Manufacturing and services sectors in China contracted simultaneously for the first time since 2020, when the coronavirus epidemic hit the markets in March, pointing out that new steps should be taken through monetary or fiscal policy to stabilize the economy.

China statistics agency (NBS) announced that official manufacturing PMI data fell to 49.5, below the expectation of 49.9. Measuring non-manufacturing sectors, PMI decreased to 48.4 in March from 51.6 in February.

The risk aversion mode, which continued with the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war, continued to support the dollar. Supported by the increase in bonds and hawkish messages, the dollar index ended March with a 1.66% premium.

Oil prices started March with a sharp rise on the news that the USA was considering banning oil imports from Russia. The attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, the decline in crude oil stocks in the US and the news flow that oil exports from Russia's critical oil pipeline in the Black Sea region were stopped supported prices upwards. However, although the number of cases in China increased towards the end of the month and the positive news flow on the Russia-Ukraine line pulled prices back again, Brent petrol gained 6.85% and US crude oil gained 4.76% in March.

After rising to a 19-month high of $2,070 at the beginning of the month, gold prices started declining due to the ceasefire talks. Although prices were supported by US President Biden's harsh statements about Russia, the decline continued with the statements of Fed officials pointing out that interest rates could be increased faster than expected.

Investors refrained from taking large positions before the next round of Russia-Ukraine talks, while gold, which fell to the level of $1.889 after the meeting, rose again with the reaction buying following the hard selling. Thus, the ounce price of spot gold ended March at $1,937 with a premium of 1.54%.

In addition to oil, there was a sharp rise in the prices of other commodities, of which Russia is an important producer, at the beginning of the month. LME aluminum broke all-time records with $4,073.50 and LME zinc $4,896.

LME nickel, showed extraordinary movements and ended the last day of February with a premium of 72%. On Tuesday, March 01, after breaking the all-time record by rising sharply and rising more than 101% to $101,365, the London Metal Exchange announced that it had stopped nickel trading, which is thought to be the biggest crisis for the stock market in 145 years.

LME copper, on the other hand, started March at $10,738, testing the all-time record with $10.845, making its mark among the record-breaking LME metals. Afterwards, the US CPI data showed a decline to $9,947. In the second week, especially after the FED, the positive weather supported the prices upwards, while Powell's statements again suppressed the prices.

At the end of the month, LME copper ended March at $10,367 with a premium of 5.15%, although the increasing number of cases in China and economic data caused concerns about demand, although prices were suppressed.



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MonthlyCopperBulletinFebruary

  MARKET COMMENTARY 

U.S. stocks made a positive start to February, with reaction buying at the bottom after the Fed anxiety and the volatility in the balance sheet season. In addition to the strong balance sheets, Google and Amazon, especially supported the indexes.

Speculation at the beginning of the month on whether the Fed's rate of tightening would increase by 25 or 50 basis points posed a threat to the positive outlook.

After the strong US employment data, the expectation of 5 interest rate hikes for 2022 strengthened in the market, while the decline in technology shares stood out as the factor that put pressure on indices in the USA.

US inflation increased to 0.6% on a monthly basis and 7.5% on an annual basis, surpassing previous and expectations data, reaching the highest level in the last 40 years.

After the data, the US 10-year and dollar index strengthened. The data strengthened the possibility of a 50 basis point increase in the Fed rate hike for March at the same time.

Fed Chairman James Bullard stated that he supports a total increase of 100 basis points at the next 3 FOMC meetings. Bullard also argued that the downsizing of the balance sheet should begin in Q2, adding that it may require asset sales. Thus, the possibility of an increase of 50 basis points for the first time since 2000, under the pressure of high inflation, strengthened its place on the agenda.

In the second half of the month, with the increase in tensions between Russia and Ukraine, the attention in the financial markets shifted to this direction. The markets came under pressure with the effect of the possibility of war.

While the US and the UK advised their citizens to leave Ukraine, the US has stated that Russia may begin military action against Ukraine from next week.

The Russian Ministry of Defense released images showing that some of its military units returned to the base after the exercises. However, US President Joe Biden said that they could not confirm this move yet and that Russia still poses a danger to Ukraine.

Although many of them are not confirmed, the news from the region created activity in the markets.

In the last week of the month, although the expectation that US President Biden and Russian President Putin could meet positively affected the markets, the statement from the Kremlin that Putin would recognize the regions demanding independence in Ukraine again led to a decline in the risk appetite.

Putin ordered the deployment of troops in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, which declared their unilateral independence from Ukraine, and signed agreements with the leaders of both regions that allow Russia to build military bases in these regions.

Joe Biden's widening of sanctions against Russia, the termination of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline by Germany and the imposition of new penalties on Russian company officials also suppressed the risk appetite. However, there was some optimism among investors as the White House's sanctions against Russia were not as extensive as initially expected. The inadequacy of the sanctions to reduce geopolitical risks brought the indices down again.

As a matter of fact, in the morning of February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a military operation against Eastern Ukraine, while Russian forces launched missile attacks on many Ukrainian cities and landed on coastal cities.

The news that Kyiv was about to come under Russian control, as well as Putin stated that his intentions was not to invade the whole country, triggered the purchase of risky assets led by technology shares. High volatility was observed in all assets.

The same day, the Biden administration announced new sanctions against Russia. It was stated that while a total of 5 big Russian banks, especially Sberbank, were included in the sanctions list, some people close to the Putin administration and their family members were also sanctioned.

No matter where in the world critical technology products such as micro-chips were produced, if they were produced using US technology, the export to Russia was also prohibited.

Last weekend, Western countries removed Russia from the international SWIFT payment system and took steps to prevent Russia from using its 630 billion dollars worth of foreign exchange reserves.

On the US side, Dow Jones ended the month with a monthly loss of 3.53%, S&P500 index 3.14% and Nasdaq 3.43%.

On the economic data side, according to the data announced in China, the service sector PMI index was realized as 51.4 points in January, above the 50.5 expectations.

January PPI data, which is expected to decrease from 10.3% to 9.5%, was announced as 9.1%, while CPI, which is expected to decrease from 1.5% to 1.0%, was 0.9%.

NBS manufacturing PMI data was announced as 50.2 against the expectation of 49.9, Caixin manufacturing PMI data was announced as 50.4, above the expectation of 49.3, and a recovery was seen in the construction sub-index in the data.

On the European side, the fourth quarter revised GDP data was announced as 0.3%, below the expectation of 0.4%, and the unemployment rate as 7%.

The manufacturing sector PMI index took the value of 55.8 points and increased compared to the previous period.

The last revised CPI for January was announced as 0.3%, in line with the expectations.

Among the prominent data in the USA, January Services PMI was announced with 51.2, 0.3 points above the expectations, similarly, the composite PMI was realized above the expectations with 51.1.

Non-farm employment data, on the other hand, was announced at +467 thousand, well above the expectation of 150 thousand. The unemployment rate was announced as 4% against the expectations of 3.9%.

PPI was announced as 1.0% while the monthly core was expected to be 0.5% and 9.7% while the annual core was expected to be 9.1%.

On the central banks side, the Bank of England increased the interest rate by 25 basis points to 0.50%, in line with the expectations, thus increasing the interest rate twice in a row for the first time since 2004.

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine put pressure on the euro, it increased gold and the dollar, which are seen as safe assets.

The dollar index rose to 97,735, its highest level since June 2020, while the euro tested its lowest level since May 2020 at 1.1105 against the dollar.

While it was a question of how the Fed before the tightening would be affected by this situation, expectations that events might delay the exit from monetary easing increased. At the beginning of the month, the possibility of increasing 50 basis points seemed high, but at the end of the month, this possibility almost disappeared.

Gold tested $1,974, its highest level since September 2020. On a monthly basis, the premium was 6.20%.

Oil started declining with the re-enforcement of the agreement signed in 2015, thus lifting sanctions on Iran's oil sales and profit-taking, as well as talks between the US and Iran that could lead to an increase in global supply. However, Russia-Ukraine tensions supported prices due to supply concerns and caused premiums. While Brent oil was at a premium of 10.72% in February, a premium of 8.59% was seen in US crude oil.

LME copper started February at $9,545 while trading volumes remained weak due to the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday. However, at the same time, LME copper tested its highest level since October 19 at $10,289, supported by increased risk appetite, the decline in stocks and the dollar index, and the expectation of taking steps to support the economy in China.

LME copper inventories fell as low as 70,125 to the lowest level since November 2005, while LME copper ended February at $9,859.50 with a premium of 3.36%.

LME aluminum, on the other hand, broke the record, while nickel tested $25.705, its highest level since 2011. Russia produces about 6% of the world's aluminum and accounts for about 7% of the global nickel mine supply.



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MonthlyCopperBulletinJanuary

  MARKET COMMENTARY 

The first week of the new year started with an increase in volume as traders returned from the holidays. Despite the increase in the epidemic, the fact that the world economy has the potential to meet this has caused positive pricing with the increase in risk appetite.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the third dose of Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine to be administered to children aged 12-15, reducing the six-month waiting period for a booster dose to five months.

More evidence is emerging that the Omicron variant affects the upper respiratory tract and causes milder symptoms than previous variants, the World Health Organization official said.

On the economic side, expectations for monetary policy were at the forefront, along with the Fed minutes. While the expectation that the Fed may raise interest rates earlier and faster, the board drew attention to the ongoing supply problem may last longer than expected and the downside risk posed by the Omicron variant.

In other news, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell appeared before the Senate Banking Committee regarding his re-nomination for a second four-year term. While underlining that necessary steps will be taken to combat high inflation, Powell stated that they will continue to pursue full employment and price stability targets while doing this. He also mentioned that the focus has shifted to price stability because the employment market is healthy, but the success to be achieved here will also positively affect the employment market. He also repeated the statement that the balance sheet reduction operation of the Fed will be carried out relatively faster and with larger steps, since the balance sheet of the Fed is larger than in previous periods. The President's statement was softer than the recent statements of other Fed members.

After Powell's explanations, the tense atmosphere partially dissipated and the risk appetite was supported, with the US inflation data being released at a level in line with expectations.

Retail sales rose only 1.7% year-on-year in December, below the projected 3.7%, according to data released in China. China's economy grew 8.1% in 2021 as industrial output rose steadily through the end of the year, offsetting the decline in retail sales, according to official data from China's National Bureau of Statistics.

The People's Bank of China also unexpectedly lowered loan rates by 10 basis points. China also made a new change in its monetary policy and economic outlook by lowering the benchmark housing loan interest rates. In response to tighter monetary policy and rising interest rates in major economies, China has lowered the reference interest rate for housing loans for the first time in nearly two years.

Towards the end of the month, in addition to the geopolitical risks in the Ukraine-Russia axis, the possibility that the Fed will be more hawkish than expected at the interest rate meeting and the selling pressure in the indexes increased.

In the statement text after the Fed meeting, it was stated that economic activity and labor market conditions continued to strengthen, but the sectors most affected by the pandemic recovered, but were affected by the recent sharp increase in cases.

While it was stated that inflation was considerably higher than the committee's 2% target and that it would be appropriate to start an interest rate hike in the near future, emphasizing the strong employment market, Powell stated that a March meeting was considered at the press conference.

Although Powell once again underlined that flexible behavior will be made according to the conditions, by stating the scenario that high inflation will be more permanent than envisaged, he stated that flexibility can be used in favor of a more hawkish attitude. Asset purchases will be terminated in March, and balance sheet reduction will begin after the interest rate hike.

To the question of whether interest rate hikes would be effective in reducing inflation without adversely affecting the employment market, he answered that there is plenty of room to increase interest rates without posing a risk to the labor market, thus negatively affecting the risk appetite in the market.

On the economic data side, inflation data in the USA was announced as 0.5% increase in December, exceeding the 0.4% increase expectation, and 7% on an annual basis, in line with the expectations and recording the largest increase in nearly 40 years.

The US PPI, was 9.7%, lower than expected (9.8%) but up from the previous month.

In the USA, the manufacturing sector PMI index for January was 55 points, below the expectation of 56.7, and recorded a decline compared to the previous period.

The last revised CPI data for the European Region in December was announced as 0.4%, in line with the expectations.

The dollar index, which made a slightly premium start to the new year, depreciated after non-farm employment and CPI data, falling to 94,629, the lowest level since November. Fed minutes, rising US bond yields and the US economy, which grew above expectations, supported the dollar. After rising to 97,441, the highest level since July 2020, towards the end of the month, the dollar index ended the month at 96,540 with a premium of 0.60% on a monthly basis.

While the Euro fell to its lowest level since June 2020 with 1.1119, it closed the month with a loss of 1.19% at 1.1233. The monthly loss in Sterling was also 0.62%, while the closing was at 1.3445.

Oil prices started the new year with a premium, amid concerns that global supply would decline with the impact of both the decrease in production in Libya and the uprising in oil producer Kazakhstan.

There are many reasons such as the more than expected decrease in oil stocks in the USA, the attack of the Houthis to the United Arab Emirates, the explosion in the Kirkuk-Ceyhan crude oil pipeline, the tension between Russia and Ukraine, and Goldman Sachs' expectation that the $100 level will be seen by the third quarter. Despite the profit realizations, Brent oil ended the month with a premium of 2.13%, USA crude oil 1.57%.

LME copper started the new year at $9,681 and ended January almost completely in negative correlation with the dollar.

Copper tested its highest level since October at $10,072 in the month, supported by the weakening dollar, after Powell made less hawkish statements than expected.

Other factors supporting the prices were the low stocks and the loosening of monetary policies in China.

China's central bank will implement more policy measures to stabilize the economy, Liu Guoqiang, vice-president of the People's Bank of China, said after the latest rate cut.

Towards the end of the month, the hawkish statements at the Fed press conference and the rising dollar and other industrial metals depreciated. LME copper, which dropped to $9,458, its lowest level since December 21, on the last trading day of the month, ended January at $9,539 with a loss of 2.21%.



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MonthlyCopperBulletinDecember

MARKET COMMENTARY  

Global stock markets started December higher with the news that Omicron cases were showing mild symptoms. Asian markets also gained as the People's Bank of China eased its monetary policy.

The People's Bank of China has announced that it will reduce the amount of cash that banks have to hold in their reserves. With this move, China provided long-term liquidity to the economy for the second time to accelerate the slowing economic growth. While China, the world's second-largest economy, has recovered impressively from the pandemic, economic growth has lost momentum in recent months due to slowing manufacturing, real estate debt woes and ongoing coronavirus cases.

Pfizer CEO said the variant appears with milder symptoms but spreads faster and could lead to more covid mutations. British drug manufacturer GSK announced that the antibody-based coronavirus treatment developed with its US partner Vir Biotechnology is effective against all mutations of the new Omicron variant.

Concerns about the Omicron variant rose after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK was facing a "new wave of cases" from Omicron, and the World Health Organization said the Omicron variant posed a major "global risk".

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden is preparing to sign an executive order directing it to purchase only zero-emission vehicles by 2035. The directive aims for the federal government to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

While consumer prices in the USA increased by 0.8% on a monthly basis, against the expectation of 0.7%, an increase of 6.8% was announced on an annual basis, in line with the expectation. With the data released in line with expectations, inflation in the USA reached the peak of 40 years. After the data, eyes were turned to the Fed meeting, which will take place on December 14-15.

While the PPI data for November was expected to be announced at a rate of 0.5% on a monthly basis, it was announced at a rate of 0.8% above the forecasts and rose to 9.6% on an annual basis.

In the middle of the December, policy meetings of central banks were on the focus. The possible tightening perception in the market before the announcements was reflected negatively on the stock markets.

On the Fed side, it was expected to move away from its temporary discourse on inflation, especially with the rapid rise in inflation in the last period, and it did. While supply/demand imbalances continue to trigger inflation, the reduction-tapering process of bond purchases has been accelerated and increased from $15 billion to $30 billion, and monthly bond purchases of $60 billion will continue as of January.

According to the median forecasts of the Fed, it is expected to increase interest rates three times in 2022 and three times in 2023. "The economy no longer needs supportive policies," Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said in his speech after the monetary policy meeting.

The Bank of England surprised the markets by raising the policy rate from 0.1% to 0.25%.

The European Central Bank decided to keep the interest rates constant and gave the message that it would gradually reduce its asset purchases.

The Bank of Japan did not change its loose monetary policy, but stated that it is still preparing to stop the supportive financial aid it started during the epidemic period.

Markets started the third week of the month, dropping more than 1% after Joe Biden's social spending and climate law draft a major hurdle. On the other hand the spread of cases originating from Omicron in the USA and Europe and the number of cases doubling every two to three days also brought the indexes down.

In the last week of 2021, despite the record levels of Covid-19 cases, global stock markets rose in general.

The UK will not receive new Covid-19 restrictions before the end of 2021 as the government awaits more evidence on whether healthcare can cope with high infection rates, the UK's Health Minister said in a briefing.

While the virus is expected to find more place on the agenda in January, supply chain problems in the global logistics sector are expected to continue in 2022. However, the 5.1% rise in industrial production in South Korea in November was seen as an indication that the bottleneck in the global supply chain has eased.

Regardless of the news about the course of the pandemic, the prominent news came from China, where authorities will allow full foreign ownership of passenger car production in the country from January 1, 2022.

Starting December at $9,476, LME copper started with the support of China's infrastructure investment commitment. LME copper rose to $9,795, its highest level since Nov.

Despite the year-end profit realization in LME base metal prices, the weak dollar was supported by easing Omicron concerns and increasing risk appetite. Although low trading volume has been observed in LME copper in recent weeks, it ended December at $9,755 with a premium of 3.22% and 25.81% year-on-year.



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US stock markets started the month on a positive note, supported by gains in Tesla. The rise was supported by the fact that the company's profit margins remained quite good despite rising commodity prices and supply chain problems. According to the announced balance sheets, it was seen that most companies managed to pass on the increased costs to consumers and the majority earnings estimates were above expectations.

Fed, which did not change interest rates, announced that it would reduce its asset purchases by $15 billion per month as of November. Stating that Fed can be patient when it comes to an interest rate hike, Chairman Jerome Powell stated in his speech that they expect the inflation pressure to decrease as of the second half of next year. The emphasis that the inflation pressure is temporary and the dovish statement than expected had a positive effect on the US indices and the risk appetite did not broke after the decision.

Officials, who asked not to be named, said it is planned to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the next 60 days on $4 billion worth of construction projects at coastal ports, inland waterways and other corps-appropriate facilities.

In the coming days, the focus of investors was the meeting between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Both leaders stated that they feel responsible towards the whole world to avoid conflicts between their countries, and that at the beginning of the talks they feel responsible to avoid conflicts between the two countries. However, although the leaders signaled that the tension in Sino-US relations would ease, they did not change their stance on most issues on which they disagreed.

Towards the middle of the month, there was a decrease in risk appetite in line with the increase in covid cases and increasing inflation concerns on the European side. While the increasing number of cases caused Belgium to introduce the rule of working from home and mask, the number of cases in Germany is at the peak levels. It was noteworthy that Austria was the first western European country to impose widespread restrictions, that some parts of Germany closed non-essential businesses, as well as the introduction of remote working rules and the Netherlands' decision to close shops and bars early.

Towards the end of the month, Biden's appointment of Jerome Powell as Fed chair for the second time instead of board member Lael Brainard caused mixed movements in the indexes. Markets thought Powell was a more flexible proponent of monetary policy than Brainard, but Brainard was also appointed vice president. Powellwas seen as a step towards policy continuation at a time when concerns that the US central bank might fall behind the curve in the fight against inflation. Powell's appointment was seen as a step toward policy continuation at a time when concerns that the U.S. central bank might fall behind the curve in the fight against inflation.

On the other hand, scientists announced that the new variant detected in South Africa may escape the response of the body's immune system. Thinking that the new variant is the most effective variant ever seen and that it may be resistant to the vaccine, British authorities imposed travel restrictions to South Africa. The World Health Organization has described the new strain of covid, called Omicron, as an alarming variant, citing the possible increased risk of infection. The World Health Organization has described the new type of covid, called Omicron, as worrying.

The variant news following the full closure policy initiated by Austria caused the possibility of different countries to implement similar policies to be discussed and spoiled the risk appetite in the markets.

The British central bank (BOE), surprisingly, announced that it did not change the interest rate, which was 0.10%. After falling to the level of 1.3193 on the last day of the month against the dollar, the pound ended November at 1.3295 with a loss of 2.89% on the same day.

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde, said that it is not possible to increase interest rates in 2022, opposing the expectations of an interest rate hike as early as next October. The Euro, which tested to the level of 1.1616 during the month, also lost value by 1.95% against the dollar in November.

On the economic data side, the US October non-farm payrolls report was followed. The data was announced as 531 thousand, above the estimates of 450 thousand, and the unemployment rate was announced as 4.6%, below the previous month and expectations.

The US October PPI index was announced as 0.6% in line with the expectations. The US consumer price index, increased 6.2% in October compared to last year. Inflation data showed consumer prices rose at the fastest pace since 1990 in October, and rising inflation boosted expectations that the Fed will tighten monetary policy.

While the Chinese CPI data came in as 1.5%, slightly above the expectations, the PPI data was announced as 13.5%, indicating that the price increases could be reflected on the consumers on the supply chain.

According to the data announced in the Euro Zone, the growth in the third quarter was 2.2% on a quarterly basis, in line with the market expectations. The annual growth rate was 3.7%.

The dollar index rose to the level of 96,938 during the month as the CPI and retail sales data, which were above the expectations. It closed the month of November at 95.994 with a increase of 1.99%.

The fact that the minutes of the Fed's meeting held on November 2-3 showed that officials could raise interest rates earlier than anticipated also supported the rise in the dollar.

Oil prices started the month down after industry data pointed to rising stockpiles of crude and distilled oil in the US, the world's largest oil consumer, and pressure on OPEC to increase production and Iran and world leaders agreed this month to resume nuclear talks. . The increasing number of covid cases in Europe also pulled prices down with demand concerns.

With the expectations that the USA, Japan and China, which want to reduce high inflation and rising energy prices, will be able to sell from their crude oil reserves, prices have dropped sharply, while brent oil and US light crude oil lost value by 16.37% and 20.81% on a monthly basis.

In November, which started cautiously with the Fed meeting, gold rose to the level of $1,850 after the Fed announced that it would not be in a hurry to raise interest rates. However, risks stemming from inflation could not stay at these levels due to the strong dollar and expectations that interest rate hikes would be realized sooner than anticipated, and the company closed the month of November with a 0.51% loss at 1.774%.

LME copper, started November with a loss amid concerns over demand in China and a premium on the dollar. Prices were bolstered by strong export growth data from China during the month, falling inventories and the adoption of the $1 trillion US infrastructure bill. China's announcement of measures to support the real estate sector also supported LME copper prices positively. However, despite the US dollar rising to a 16-month high, LME copper, which rose to $9,920 in the last days of the month, ended November with a loss of 0.97% at $9,451 with the news of the newly identified coronavirus variant in South Africa.



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International stock markets started October with sales amid concerns that high inflation might be permanent.

The general positive mood was created by Fed chairmen's statements that supply woes are putting pressure on them, but that price increases will not continue. Afterwards, Senate minority leader Republican McConnell announced that they plan to submit a proposal to raise the debt ceiling by December, supporting the indexes positively.

Deepening sales, after natural gas prices rose 40% in one day in European indices, slowed down with Putin's statements that they would increase natural gas exports to Europe and that they were ready to help balance the energy market.

Later in the month, stock markets came under the pressure of intensifying debates on whether the rise in energy prices will make inflationary temporary or long-term.

In the US indices trying to find direction, positive closings were seen with the sharing of the minutes of the FOMC meeting. The minutes showed that the authorities had increased inflation concerns and agreed to start reducing asset purchases soon. According to the minutes, if a decision is made to start reducing asset purchases next month, the decision may be implemented in mid-November or December.

Higher-than-expected company earnings relatively quelled concerns about the energy crisis and supply chain disruptions. However, Fed Chairman Powell's pointing out that inflation may remain high for longer than previously predicted pushed the markets down. Jerome Powell said the Fed should start the process of reducing its support for the economy by reducing asset purchases, but should not touch interest rates yet.

The auto industry was under pressure as chip supply problems continued to affect European auto companies. VW has announced that it will halt all production in the Czech Republic for two weeks due to the lack of semiconductors of the Skoda unit.

China's Evergrande Group transferred money to pay off the dollar-denominated bond whose coupon payment expired on September 23. If the payment, which came days before the deadline for the last payment, was not realized, the company would officially go into default.

In the last week of the month, while the rise in oil prices carried the energy sector up, Tesla's over 1 trillion USD market value was at the top of the agenda.

New concerns about the Chinese real estate sector, on the other hand, were the factor limiting gains in Asia. China's announcement that it will impose a pilot property tax in some regions has increased investors' concerns about the Chinese real estate sector.

Stock markets saw a decline, with company balance sheets clearly pointing to disruptions in the supply chain. The balance sheets showed that the largest manufacturing companies in the US, including General Motors, General Electric, 3M and Boeing, face logistical problems and higher costs due to the supply bottleneck that is expected to continue next year.

Investors, worried that inflation will strengthen due to the supply chain problems observed around the world, are watching whether the main central banks will reduce the measures to support the economy, which they put into practice during the epidemic period.

On the economic data side, unemployment data was announced as 4.8%, below the 5.1% expectation on the US side, while non-farm employment was announced as 194 thousand against the expectation of 500 thousand.

Inflation data for September were expected to increase by 0.3% and 0.2% on a monthly basis in the headline and core, respectively, while the data were announced as 0.4% and 0.2%. Consumer prices increased by 5.4% in September compared to the same month of the previous year.

The US third quarter growth data, which is expected to come in at 2.6%, was announced at the level of 2%. Third quarter personal consumption was announced at 1.6%, above the estimates of 0.9%.

In China, the September PPI data recorded the fastest increase in history due to energy restrictions and rising commodity prices, causing the pressure on businesses to increase. Producer prices rose 10.7% in September from last year, the biggest increase since the data were first released in 1996, according to data released by the Chinese statistical agency. According to the data of the institution, China's September CPI data was announced as 0.7%, below the expectations of 0.9% compared to the previous year.

China's third-quarter GDP came in at 4.9% year-on-year, below expectations of 5%. Chinese industrial production, which is expected to be 3.8% on an annual basis for September, was announced as 3.1%.

On the European side, the region's inflation was in line with the expectations of 3.4% annually and 0.5% monthly, and in line with the previous period.

The European Central Bank did not change its interest rate policy. The fact that the ECB chairman took a slight step back in his firm stance against a possible interest rate hike made investors think that interest rate increases may be in the near future.

The Bank of Canada (BoC) is ending its quantitative easing program earlier than expected and signaling that it may raise interest rates by April 2022, sooner than expected. The BoC's move also supported expectations that the Fed could act more quickly on rate hikes.

The monetary policy of the Bank of Japan (BOJ) did not change as expected.

Expectations that the Fed will tighten monetary policy sooner than expected, in addition to the anticipated rise in inflation and concerns that global economic growth will slow down, supported the dollar. On the other hand, the fact that the US industrial production data was below expectations and the increasing risk appetite put pressure on the dollar. The dollar index ended October at 94.123 with a 0.11% depreciation.

Euro/usd, recovered after falling to 1.1523, a 15-month low, and closed at 1.1561 with a loss of 0.17% on a monthly basis.

LME copper, which fell to $8,887 at the beginning of the month, later rose with the impact of Chinese investors returning from a long vacation, supported by the decline in Shanghai stocks and the resurgence of supply concerns in Peru.

The expectation that the Fed will not rush to reduce asset purchases after the below-expected US employment data continued its upward movement with the support of the positive news flow from LME Week and the rise in premiums.

While rising energy prices caused disruption in the production of downstream consumers, causing the smelter to stop production, concerns about refined copper production increased. Backwardation increased due to the tightness in the spot market.

Meanwhile, the news of the supply cut from Peru destabilized the market. LME copper stocks fell to a 23-year low and Shanghai copper stocks fell to a 14-year low, while refined copper supplies in China shrank due to power cuts.

LME copper 3-month futures price rose as high as $10,453 in the month. The gap between cash price and futures price opened to a record above $1,100, indicating that stocks are tight.

In the coming days, as the supply shortage eased and the attention was focused on the threat of slowdown in demand in the top consumer China, LME copper depreciated in value, but the high backwardation in the market continued.

In order to prevent high backwardation, the London Metal Exchange took the transactions under examination and brought temporary measures to the market.

Towards the end of the month, LME copper, which declined due to concerns that the rising dollar as well as the electricity crisis in China and slow economic growth would reduce demand, ended October at $9,544 with a monthly premium of 6.66%.



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September started with Asian stock markets falling despite Wall Street hitting an all-time high, as concerns about slowing Chinese economic growth and regulatory changes dampened risk appetite.

After the Jackson Hole symposium and the inflation data, the eyes were focused on the non-farm payrolls data, which the FED followed closely for both the timing of tapering and the rate hike. Global markets faced selling pressure after the weak data, while the US non-farm payrolls data also cast a shadow over the global growth and inflation outlook. The US non-farm employment data recorded the lowest increase in the last 7 months, remaining limited to an increase of 235k against the expectation of 733k increase.

However, markets rose on expectations that the FED will likely delay the start of reducing asset purchases after nonfarm payrolls rose more slowly than expected.

European Central Bank (ECB) did not change the policy rate in line with the expectations, it was announced that it would start to reduce its bond purchases in the next quarter. Euro Zone 2 quarter growth data was announced as 2.2%, above the 2% expectation.

The rise in oil prices towards the middle of the month reflected positively on the markets. European markets were also boosted by the reflection of the sharp rise in commodity prices, especially oil and natural gas, on sector shares.

However, China's tightening of controls on technology companies and the growing liquidity crisis of Evergrande, the country's largest construction company, made investors confused.

Concerns that the Chinese real estate company Evergrande, which is heavily indebted, would not be able to pay its debts became a featured agenda item in September. While this situation caused investors to avoid risky assets, it was watched whether the difficult situation of the company would expand to the general Chinese real estate sector. Investors feared that other companies in the Chinese real estate sector could face similar problems at a time when economic growth is fragile if Evergrande goes bankrupt or close-out.

The United Nations warned that the global economy is expected to see its fastest recovery in almost fifty years this year, but that inequality between developed and developing countries is deepening.

In line with the market expectations, the FED did not change the interest rate. It was also stated in the text that the asset purchase program could be reduced in the near future if the inflation and employment targets are approached. When we look at the median forecasts of the members, it was seen that two more members predicted an interest rate hike in 2022 compared to June. In his speech, FED Chairman Powell stated that mid-2022 might be suitable for ending asset purchases and pointed to the November meeting for tapering decision if economic data goes in line with expectations. In order to the Fed's tightening in monetary policy, it is predicted that interest rates will increase to 1% in 2023 and to 1.8% in 2024. These forecasts revealed that there would be an earlier rate hike than the FED's expectations in June.

While the dollar index started September with a flat course with the effect of economic data before the US non-farm employment data, it decreased after the employment data. However, with the depreciation of the euro before the ECB decision, the strong economic data announced in the USA and the expectations in the markets that the FED will start monetary policy tightening, it started to rise and rose to 94.503. On a monthly basis, it closed at 94.230 with a increase of 1.73%.

Against the dollar, the Euro fell 1.91% and the pound by 2.05% on a monthly basis, closing at 1.1581 and 1.3472 levels, respectively.

LME copper started September with a increase as employment data led to a depreciation in the dollar. However, prices have pulled back again as Chinese factory data raised concerns about Chinese demand.

In the coming days, copper prices also came under pressure as Chinese August imports, higher prices and sluggish economic growth hit demand.

LME copper, which rose to the level of $9,756 with the strike concerns and increasing risk appetite in Chile, could not hold on to this level as the strike disappeared and investors remained cautious before the US inflation data. Afterwards, although it turned its direction up for a short time after the data, the news flow about the expected stimulus reduction for the US economy, the uneasiness before the Fed meeting and the stronger dollar suppressed prices.

Copper tested to $8,810 on September 21, its lowest level since August 19, as the Evergrande Group debt crisis led to market sell-offs.

Although LME copper supported from Evergrande's statements that relieved the markets that it would pay its debts; September ended with a loss of 6.16% at $8,948 on the back of the power cuts in China, stronger dollar and the data that came below expectations and created demand concerns.



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May started with a rally in base metals due to rising hopes for global economic recovery, strong demand and weak dollar. LME copper, which was closed on the first trading day of the week, renewed its 10-year record in the first week of the month.

It were were effective in the sharp rise that producers stated that higher prices are needed for new investments, otherwise there will be a copper shortage in the coming years. On the other hand, copper production decreased in Chile for the 10th consecutive month.

LME copper hit an all-time record as high as $10,747.50 on May 10, after which it fell on profit-taking sales and expectation of a decline in demand in China.

At the same time, prices were supported by the threat of strikes in Chile and expectations that China will compensate for weak factory data. LME copper was on the rise again after a union representing workers at BHB's Escondida and Spence mines in Chile rejected a contract offer from the company and the threat of a strike, but failed to break the record again.

The news that China is planning to strengthen the management of both the supply and demand side in order to reduce the "irrational" increases in commodity prices was most important factor that stopped the price rise. It has been reported that China will impose serious sanctions on those who monopolize, stockpile and speculate among companies in the commodity markets.

Also, U.S. President Joe Biden delivered the first full budget proposal detailing its goals to expand the size and scope of the federal government by spending more than 6 trillion dollars in the coming fiscal year.

The dollar fell to a nine-week low after the Fed continued its pro-monetary policy easing and the White House's large-scale spending plans. End of month LME copper supported by the loss in the dolar, the workers' strike in Chile and the optimism of Biden's budget plan and ended May with  %4.75 gain and $10,275 level.

 



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