Commodities Update — Grains up; Gold at 3-month low; Graincorp predicts long-lasting Black Sea export disruption

Commodities Update — Grains up; Gold at 3-month low; Graincorp predicts long-lasting Black Sea export disruption
Spot gold held its ground at $1,838.55 per ounce, Spot silver gained 1.1 percent to $21.48 per ounce. (Getty Images)
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Updated 11 May 2022

Commodities Update — Grains up; Gold at 3-month low; Graincorp predicts long-lasting Black Sea export disruption

Commodities Update — Grains up; Gold at 3-month low; Graincorp predicts long-lasting Black Sea export disruption
  • Copper and most of the other industrial metals rose on Wednesday as signs of lower domestic COVID-19 infections in China lifted sentiment

RIYADH: Chicago corn futures gained more ground on Wednesday, as adverse weather conditions in key production areas delayed US planting and raised concerns over tightening global supplies.

Wheat prices rose nearly 1 percent, while soybeans ticked higher.

The most-active corn contract on the Chicago Board of Trade was up 0.6 percent at $7.79-3/4 a bushel, as of 0234 GMT. Wheat added 0.9 percent to $11.03 a bushel, soybeans rose 0.5 percent to $15.99-1/2 a bushel.

Gold dips, Silver up

Gold touched a three-month low on Wednesday as an elevated dollar held down prices while investors await US monthly inflation data, which might impact the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy stance and demand for bullion.

Spot gold held its ground at $1,838.55 per ounce, as of 0546 GMT, after falling to its lowest since Feb. 11 earlier in the session, as a relatively strong dollar made greenback-priced bullion less attractive for overseas buyers. 

US gold futures dipped 0.2 percent to $1,836.60. 

Spot silver gained 1.1 percent to $21.48 per ounce, while platinum rose 1.1 percent to $974.56.

Palladium increased 0.2 percent to $2,069.97.

Metals rise

Copper and most of the other industrial metals rose on Wednesday as signs of lower domestic COVID-19 infections in China lifted sentiment, although the demand outlook remained weak due to worries over a global economic slowdown.

Benchmark three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 1.3 percent at $9,346.50 a ton, as of 0531 GMT.

The most-active June copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange was up 0.6 percent at $10,677.00.

LME aluminum gained 1.2 percent to $2,786 a ton, zinc CMZN3 rose 0.6 percent to $3,619, lead was up 0.8 percent at $2,130 and tin climbed 0.6 percent to $35,750.

Graincorp says Black Sea export disruption could last ‘several years’

Australia’s Graincorp, the country’s top grains handler, said disruptions to exports from the Black Sea because of the Ukraine conflict could potentially last several years.

“Whilst it’s very difficult to predict exactly what’s going to happen in the Black Sea, it’s certainly our view that it’s going to be disrupted for a significant period of time,” Graincorp Managing Director Robert Spurway said.

“It could run to several years, given the very disruptive hostilities on the ground in Ukraine, the infrastructure in that country that’s been damaged.”

Ukraine and Russia together account for about 30 percent of the world’s wheat trade.

Spurway was speaking to analysts after the company reported a record half-year result and said it was on track for “an exceptional result” for the full year.

(With input from Reuters) 


Saudi trades in US equities dip to $11bn in Q1; first annual decline in 2 years

Saudi trades in US equities dip to $11bn in Q1; first annual decline in 2 years
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Saudi trades in US equities dip to $11bn in Q1; first annual decline in 2 years

Saudi trades in US equities dip to $11bn in Q1; first annual decline in 2 years

RIYADH: Saudi trades in US markets took a dip by 48 percent during the first quarter of 2022, recording the first annual drop in two years.

Saudi investors’ purchase and sale of US stocks fell to SR40 billion ($11 billion) in the first quarter, from SR77 billion in the same period a year ago, the Saudi market regulator reported.

Compared with the fourth quarter of 2021, Saudi Arabia’s trade in US stocks decreased by SR6 billion in the first quarter from SR46 billion.


Oil Updates — Crude up; Sri Lanka to pay $72.6m to buy Russian oil; US renews Chevron’s Venezuela license

Oil Updates — Crude up; Sri Lanka to pay $72.6m to buy Russian oil; US renews Chevron’s Venezuela license
Updated 29 May 2022

Oil Updates — Crude up; Sri Lanka to pay $72.6m to buy Russian oil; US renews Chevron’s Venezuela license

Oil Updates — Crude up; Sri Lanka to pay $72.6m to buy Russian oil; US renews Chevron’s Venezuela license

RIYADH: Oil prices rose on Friday, closing out the week with gains ahead of the US Memorial Day holiday weekend, the start of peak US demand season, and as European nations negotiate over whether to impose an outright ban on Russian crude oil.

Brent crude rose $2.03, or 1.7 percent, to settle at $119.43. US West Texas Intermediate crude rose 98 cents, or 0.9 percent, to settle at $115.07 a barrel. 

For the week, Brent rose 6 percent while US WTI gained 1.5 percent.

Sri Lanka to pay $72.6 million for 90,000 tons of Russian oil

Sri Lanka will pay $72.6 million to buy a 90,000-ton shipment of Russian oil docked at Colombo’s port for weeks, its energy minister said on Saturday, as the island nation works to restart its only refinery and address a crippling energy crisis.

“I have reached out to multiple countries, including Russia, for support to import crude and other petroleum products,” Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera told reporters.

The 90,000-ton consignment was ordered through Dubai-based Coral Energy, Wijesekera said, adding that the payment would facilitate restarting the country’s sole refinery, which has been closed since March 25.

“The next shipment will also be ordered from the same company. Another consignment will be needed within the next two weeks to keep the refinery running continuously,” Wijesekera said.

Sri Lanka has struggled to pay for fuel, food and medicine imports due to a severe shortage of foreign currency. An unprecedented financial crisis has also forced the country to default on some external debt.

Like the rest of Asia, Sri Lanka wants to shift to long-term crude tenders to hedge against high crude spot prices, but dwindling foreign exchange reserves have hampered its ambitions, the power minister said on Saturday.

US renews Chevron’s Venezuela license under existing terms

The US Treasury Department on Friday renewed a license to oil producer Chevron Corp. for operating in US-sanctioned Venezuela through November under the same terms that authorizations granted to the company since 2020.

The license also authorizes oilfield service companies Halliburton, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes and Weatherford International to maintain assets in Venezuela.

(With input from Reuters) 


Here’s what you need to know ahead of the trading day on Tadawul

Here’s what you need to know ahead of the trading day on Tadawul
Updated 29 May 2022

Here’s what you need to know ahead of the trading day on Tadawul

Here’s what you need to know ahead of the trading day on Tadawul

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s main index partially reversed gains to close lower in the previous trading session as concerns over an economic slowdown rattled investors.

At Thursday’s closing bell, TASI fell 0.5 percent to 12,530, while the parallel market Nomu added 1.14 percent to 22,272.

Stock exchanges of Qatar, Egypt, and Oman edged lower, while those of Bahrain and Kuwait gained 0.3 and 0.5 percent, respectively.

Dubai’s DFMGI was flat on Friday, after adding 1.2 percent in the prior session, whereas the Abu Dhabi index rebounded with a gain of 1.5 percent.

Oil prices rose on Friday, with Brent crude exiting the week at $119.43 and US West Texas Intermediate settling at $115.07.

Stock News

Zain KSA received approval from the Communications and Information Technology Commission’s board for Zain Business Ltd to acquire 8,069 of its telecom tower sites

Al Moammar Information Systems Co. signed a contract valued at nearly SR80 million ($21.3 million) for the maintenance of medical devices and equipment at a hospital in Makkah

Middle East Healthcare Co., also known as Saudi German Health, will invest SR70 million in Jeddah’s Sobhi Abdel Jalil Batterjee Medical Hospital

Saudi Automotive Services Co. sealed a deal to sell and leaseback ten owned sites valued at SR400 million to Al-Jazira Capital

East Pipes Integrated Co. for Industry swung into losses of SR3.25 million last year, from SR148 million in profit a year earlier

Calendar

May 30, 2022

Close of Anaam International Holding Group’s rights trading

May 31, 2022

End of Retal Urban Development Co.’s IPO book-building

June 2, 2022

Close of Anaam International Holding Group’s new shares subscription 


India's L&T ahead for NEOM $6.4-bn hydrogen renewables facilities: MEED

India's L&T ahead for NEOM $6.4-bn hydrogen renewables facilities: MEED
Updated 29 May 2022

India's L&T ahead for NEOM $6.4-bn hydrogen renewables facilities: MEED

India's L&T ahead for NEOM $6.4-bn hydrogen renewables facilities: MEED

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's NEOM Green Hydrogen Co. is understood to have selected India's Larsen & Toubro to build solar and wind plants for supplying electricity to the city’s $6.4-billion green hydrogen-based ammonia plant, MEED reported.

ACWA Power, one of the three equity partners in NGHC along with Air Products and NEOM Co., is responsible for supplying the energy to the project. The Riyadh-based firm declined to comment on the news when contacted by Arab News.

According to MEED, L&T, along with Energy China and Power China, submitted a proposal for an engineering, procurement and construction contract to build the renewable energy infrastructure.

The contract covers the construction of 2,930 MW solar power generation plant, a 1,370 MW wind power farm and a 400 MW battery energy storage system, according to a source familiar with the plan.

The package also includes a 190-kilometer power transmission network. 

The planned wind and solar power plants are to be located in northwest Saudi Arabia in proximity to the hydrogen plant, which is to be built at OXAGON industrial zone in NEOM.


Saudi prequalifies 17 firms to bid for its first independent water storage project: MEED

Saudi prequalifies 17 firms to bid for its first independent water storage project: MEED
Updated 29 May 2022

Saudi prequalifies 17 firms to bid for its first independent water storage project: MEED

Saudi prequalifies 17 firms to bid for its first independent water storage project: MEED

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has prequalified 17 companies from 34 firms that expressed interest to bid for the contract to develop the Kingdom's first independent strategic water reservoir project, ISWR, in Makkah, MEED reported.

The project owner Saudi Water Partnership Co. is expected to issue the request for proposals to these 17 qualified companies by mid-year, the report stated.

SWPC had received interest for the Juranah ISWR contract from 34 companies in September last year, while the prequalification documents were submitted in February. 

The Juranah ISWR project, previously referred to as Makkah 1, will have a capacity of 2.5 million cubic meters, and it will be implemented using a build, own, operate and transfer model, according to MEED.

The project which will also include a water reservoir and associated infrastructure and facilities is being executed as part of the strategy to support the Kingdom's goal to increase municipal water storage capacity to an average of three days in 2022 and seven days by 2030.

The government also aims to increase water storage capacity to an equivalent of 20 days of Hajj demand in Makkah and 40 days of Hajj demand in Al Madina by the end of the year, MEED reported.

The companies which are qualified to bid for the project include Abdul Aziz al-Ajlan Sons Co., Metscco Heavy Steel Industries, Al-Yamama Co., Alfanar Co., Almutlaq Industrial Investment Co., Al Rajhi Holding Group, China Gezhouba Group Overseas Investment Co. and China Harbour Engineering Co. 

Other firms that are in the race include Mowah Co., Alkhorayef Water & Power Technologies, Power and Water Utility Company for Jubail and Yanbu knowns as Marafiq, Marubeni Corporation, Metito Utilities, Mutlaq Al-Ghowairi Co., Nesma Co., Gulf Investment Corporation and Vision International Investment Co.