LFEX European Aquaculture Snapshot to 11th January, 2024

John Ersser - The London Fish Exchange

Published: 12th January 2024

This Article was Written by: John Ersser


The LFEX Norwegian Exporters Index for Week 2 2024 ended the week down -19.65%, -23.11 NOK to stand at 94.50 NOK (in EUR terms 8.35 / -2.09/ -20.0%) FCA Oslo Week ending Thursday vs previous Thursday.

The NOK rate ended up small at 11.32 to the Euro over the period Thursday to Thursday +0.05 NOK or +0.44%. The Fish Pool future January was reported no change at 107.0 NOK.

What comes up must come down. The market kicked off with continued strength up another 2% on Friday for week 2 fish to 120.33 and the peak. It was down-hill pricing from there as Monday pitched in at 116.57, Tuesday softer at 111 and capitulation as prices tumbled to 102.1 on Wednesday and a low of 94.5 on Thursday. Top to bottom a 21.5% intraweek volatility.

What happened…the higher prices in the last few weeks have stalled the market. Buyers couldn’t sell at these levels and therefore couldn’t pay and didn’t buy. Production was a little higher with the expectation of demand based on previous lower volumes which didn’t materialise and didn’t help. A transport strike in Germany only added to the situation.

Volumes for week 1 were down at 12,105 vs 14,932 helping illustrate the reduction in harvest that pushed up prices.

Next week pricing is chaotic. There is unsold fish from the week which will put pressure on, but sellers are trying to push up from these levels. A big spread and tough for anyone to get a real idea of pricing. A sense of pricing around 95.5 with a premium of the bigger fish of +12 and smaller of -8, but really difficult to call.

Week 3 last year saw the price end of week close at 84.19 as the Chinese New Year purchasing finished and an average for week around 88.5 and the FP future for January 23 was showing 91.5.

David Nye’s technical analysis report will be published later next week.

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LFEX Indicative Exporter Prices (4 Week)

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Prices Ending 11th January, 2024

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