- Sanctions on Russia and protests in South Africa are causing problems for platinum exports.
- As shortage concerns continue, the price of wheat futures continue to rise.
Platinum faces a future of tight supplies
Platinum futures rose above $1000 per tonne during the trading week, the highest price in over 2 months. The price rise comes in the wake of concerns around tight supplies and the demand recovery for the biggest platinum consumer, China. China’s platinum consumption is due to increase as the government lifts most of the Covid-19 health restrictions in Shanghai and announced support measures to help boost the economy. In addition, supply chain issues are persisting as the war in Eastern Europe continues and more sanctions are being placed on Russia, the top exporter of platinum.
South Africa’s production of platinum is also set to fall amidst risks of extended strikes, as workers continue to protest for wage-negotiations.
Platinum Jul ‘22 Futures Price Chart
West unlikely to ease sanctions on Russia, wheat supply concerns persist
As shortage concerns continue, the price of wheat futures continue to rise. The expectations of higher trading activity from Ukraine remained low as the west is unlikely to relax the sanctions on Russia, meaning Putin is unlikely to open Ukrainian ports and allow trade.
Investors are remaining alert to any possible changes in India's export ban that was passed in May, following news that India’s government may allow exporters to ship some of the wheat that is currently stuck in cargos.
Wheat Sep ‘22 Futures Price Chart
Prices of RBOB gasoline continue to rise as the concerns around energy supplies persist, globally. The continuing sanctions on Russia, is causing supply insecurity as the US enters into its summer driving season, driving demand up.
RBOB Jul ‘22 Futures Price Chart
Sources: finance.yahoo.com, tradingeconomics.com