The market closed on a positive tone for the 2019 wool selling season. After a general easing of prices across the board on Tuesday, there was more widespread interest at Wednesday’s auction with most descriptions tending slightly dearer. This was a good result under the circumstances. Almost 25,000 bales were sold to the trade to the value of M$31.8.

There were a few nice ultrafine clips that offered some good quality 14.0/14.5 micron bales in Melbourne and these were a clear standout. Competition was very strong and these bales sold to levels similar to those pre Covid-19. Carding types which have seen the greatest competition in recent weeks, were the types that suffered the most this week. Clearly it has been a lack of supply in these types that was the key driver on price.

AWEX Eastern Indicator compared with 19/06/2020

Eastern Indicator

Close: 1110

Change in % -2.54

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Authentico Index Values

15 Micron

Close: 2392

Change in %:  -0.95

16 Micron

Close: 1975

Change in %: -1.29

17 Micron

Close: 1739

Change in %: +1.05

18 Micron

Close: 1528

Change in %: -1.99

19 Micron

Close: 1414

Change in %: -1.19

Authentico Indicator

Close: 1756

Change in %: -0.73


The AWEX EMI has closed 35% lower when compared to this time last year. Our Authentico Indicator based on good performing NM and CM compliant merino clips is 21% lower for the year. The superfine end, particularly 15.0 micron have not been as greatly affected and closed around about similar levels compared to 12 months prior and has had a positive impacted on our Index. The 19.0 micron Authentico Index value on the other hand is 34% lower, more in line with the EMI. Sales continue next week with sale 01 of the new selling season and approximately 31,000 bales available. The auction will be held Wednesday and Thursday to coincide with the new financial year.

Auction offering – current week

Market          Sale          Offered             Sold       Passed In

North                      S 52                     7176                         6448                10.1%

South                     M 52                    14618                       12868               12.0%

West                       F 52                      6235                         5488                12.0%

Auction offering – next week

Market          Sale          Sale days          Volume

North                      S 01                        W/T                           9677

South                     M 01                        W/T                          14291

West                        F 01                        W/T                           7104


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