- Nymex natural gas prices rebounded $5 per mmbtu because "traders likely recognize that recent levels were unsustainably low and are anticipating some recovery in U.S. industrial demand in industries such as steelmaking and chemicals." (We can't argue that recent natural gas prices appear unsustainably low but recovery in steelmaking? Just check with the steel producers on that one)
- It's true to say that oil prices saw a boost due to a weak U.S. dollar but the bank also believes U.S. corporate earnings "reflect the beginning of an economic recovery." The report notes that of 196 companies reporting earnings, 157 posted "better-than-expected earnings." Okay, but remember, these companies report earnings against drastically reduced expectations. We believe aggressive cost cutting and improved working capital management form the basis of companies meeting expectations, not an uptick in demand
- Finally, the report says, "A weak U.S. dollar contributed to a surge in base metal prices on October 22–23, with copper climbing to a very lucrative US$3.01 and zinc to US$1.03 per pound, despite some moderation in China's imports in recent months." The report also discusses GDP growth in China moving from 7.9% in Q2 to 8.9% in Q3. But we fail to see the correlation between copper imports and growth.
Scotiabank Calls for Higher Commodity Prices
Source: MetalMiner, Lisa Reisman (11/2/09)
"...cheap loans, frothy real estate markets and commodity speculation makes me a little suspicious."