The AWEX EMI closed the week on 1683c, up 2c and setting a new record high at auction sales this week in Australia. The apparent strength in this amazing market trend was tested by the largest offering in Australia in three months and the largest southern offering since January 17.
In the northern markets, all merino MPG’s increased for the week with the 17.5-18.5 and 20 MPG’s posting 20-25c increases. Skirtings followed the fleece, however, there was some noticeable weakening in this sector in the last hour of selling.
Cardings punched into new record territory and appeared unstoppable, posting a 34c rise in Sydney, 43c in Fremantle and 12c in Melbourne, with best merino locks making upward of 900c greasy. Crossbreds could not sustain their short term rally from the previous three weeks and price falls between 10-55c posted across the centres.
Thursday’s sale revealed some hint of a retreat in bidder enthusiasm, more than likely due to the escalating available funds needed to purchase the national clip which was $96.77m this week and the year to date number of $1.272.66m.
The clearance of 96.8 per cent was excellent and not surprising given the merino price levels. As I mentioned earlier, I believe the only barrier to maintaining these price levels, is maintaining the available funding the purchase the Australian wool clip. Next week the offering falls back a little to 48,767 bales, which believe will attract similar competition to this week’s market.