Key Data for the Week
- Tuesday – AUS – House Price Index
- Tuesday – AUS – NAB Business Confidence and Conditions
- Tuesday – US – Consumer Price Index
The Australian sharemarket closed 0.3% higher on Monday, with gains restricted by the ongoing impact of the Delta variant lockdowns across NSW and Victoria.
A third bid by a consortium of superannuation companies for Sydney Airport at $8.75 per share led to the company adding 4.6% during the day’s trade. Following this bid, the company will let the consortium examine its books, suggesting it is closer to a decision on the takeover offer. On this news, Auckland International Airport rose 1.7%.
The Materials sector advanced 1.0%, as there were mixed performances among the major miners. Rio Tinto shed 0.2%, while BHP added 0.6% and Fortescue Metals lifted 0.8%. Gold miners enjoyed gains; Northern Star Resources jumped 3.4% and Evolution Mining was up 4.0%.
The price of oil rose, as expectations remain that demand will increase following the impact of the Delta variant. This led to gains in the Energy sector; Beach Energy lifted 1.0% and Santos added 1.8%, while Woodside Petroleum rose 1.7%.
The Australian futures point to a 0.19% fall today.
European sharemarkets broke a four-day losing streak to gain overnight. Gains were led by the Energy sector, aided by an increase in oil prices. BP added 2.2% and Royal Dutch Shell lifted 2.5%. Gains were also seen across the Financials, Materials, and Industrial sectors. By the close of trade, the STOXX Europe 600 gained 0.3%, while the UK FTSE 100 and the German DAX both lifted 0.6%.
US sharemarkets were mixed on Monday as investors await upcoming economic data. The Health Care sector incurred the largest loss. Moderna and Pfizer Inc lost 6.6% and 2.2% respectively on the news booster shots may not be required. ‘Big Tech’ companies were mixed; Microsoft added 0.4%, and Apple lifted 0.4%, while Amazon conceded 0.4%.
By the close of trade, the Dow Jones and S&P 500 gained 0.8% and 0.2% respectively, while the NASDAQ lost 0.1%.
For commodity traders, 2021 will probably be remembered as the year when carbon trading emerged as a legitimate and regularly traded product.
The market for carbon credits is growing at a rapid rate globally, with the significant tailwind of governmental pressures to meet emissions targets set by the Paris Agreement.
Companies around the world have flocked to buy offsets from groups that plant and protect trees and install renewable energy. The trade is relatively simple, with one offset equal to one tonne of carbon saved or removed from the atmosphere, which can be banked against a polluter’s own emissions.
To date the carbon market only makes up a very small part of the commodities industry. However, it is projected to surpass copper and gold by 2030, and likely to become the largest of commodity markets, by taking over oil, by 2040.
The largest mandatory emissions trading scheme, the European Union Emissions Trading System, has seen volumes of offsets boom this year, while the price of carbon credits sets record highs. EU Carbon Permits started the year around €30 per tonne, before increasing to €50 in May, and has now surpassed €60 per tonne to sit at record levels.
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