--Brent crude oil is down 1.9% at $83.14 a barrel.

--European benchmark gas is down 2% at EUR41.87 a megawatt hour.

--Gold futures are down 1.6% at $1,987.80 a troy ounce.

--LME three-month copper futures are down 1.1% at $8,902 a metric ton.

--Wheat futures are down 1.5% at $6.99 a bushel.



Glencore Willing to Consider Improvements to Teck Resources Proposal

Glencore PLC said Wednesday that it would be prepared to consider improvements to its merger, demerger proposal for Teck Resources Ltd. if its board were willing to engage with it, but would also be willing to go directly to its shareholders if not.

The Anglo-Swiss commodity mining and trading company said that any improvements to its proposal are best considered following engagement with the Teck board as this would allow the parties to jointly explore ways it could alter its proposal and address any issues raised by Teck.

In an open letter to Teck Class B shareholders, Glencore said it has tried to engage with the Teck board about its proposal but has been consistently refused any engagement.

"We continue to believe that the proposed merger demerger being a merger and not a takeover, is demonstrably superior to the proposed Teck separation. It provides the most compelling value proposition to Teck shareholders, who would fully and disproportionately participate in the value creation, synergies and upside," Glencore said in the letter.

It said that the Glencore proposal would stand and remain valid if Teck delays its shareholder meeting, or voted down the proposed separation at the meeting on April 26. However, if it were to go ahead then Glencore's proposal wouldn't be able to proceed due to the "significant value destruction" that would arise.



Copper Shortage Risks Green Transition

Metal markets seem to think copper is the new lithium. A lack of new mining activity has added to worries that there won't be enough of the red metal for the energy transition, a popular topic at this week's World Copper Conference in Santiago, Chile.

South America currently dominates copper production and Chile is the largest mined producer. Increasing mine output has proved a challenge, prompting a wave of deal making in the industry and warnings of a serious supply shortfall over the next decade.

Copper is used in wiring and construction as well as electric vehicles, solar panels and other green technologies. Electrification is expected to increase annual copper demand to 36.6 million metric tons by 2031, with supply forecast to be around 30.1 million tons, creating a 6.5 million ton shortfall at the start of the next decade, according to consulting firm McKinsey & Co.

In 2021, refined copper demand stood at 25.3 million tons, according to the International Copper Study Group.

"The market overall is pretty tight," said Robert Edwards, copper analyst at CRU. "Longer term there's a narrative around resource scarcity and the green transition with EVs and renewables as well as the build-out of electricity grids. On paper it's quite a substantial supply gap opening up over the next 10 years," he added.


TSMC Seeks Up to $15 Billion From U.S. for Chip Plants but Objects to Conditions

The world's biggest contract chip maker is pushing back on some of the conditions Washington has attached to chip-factory subsidies as it looks for up to $15 billion in government money.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., which plans to invest $40 billion in two chip factories in Arizona, is concerned about rules that could require it to share profits from the factories and provide detailed information about operations, said people familiar with the situation.



WTI Oil Falls Below $80 Ahead of EIA Data

0809 ET - Oil prices continue to struggle this week, with the US crude benchmark falling another 2.1% to $79.14 a barrel, while the global benchmark Brent drops 2.1% to $82.99. WTI crude is 4.1% since the week began after a 24% rally over the previous four weeks that was driven largely by a million-barrel-a-day production cut announcement from members of the OPEC-plus group. Energy investors are now awaiting a weekly EIA report on US oil inventories at 10:30am ET. A WSJ survey forecasts across-the-board declines in US stockpiles of crude, gasoline and diesel, and are expecting refinery activity to speed up as some plants conclude their spring maintenance work. (


Palm Oil Declines; Increase in Rapeseed Oil Supply Could Weigh

1003 GMT - Crude palm oil prices fell in Asian trade. Malaysian palm oil prices are projected to range between MYR3,500-MYR4,000 a metric ton in the near term, said Abdul Hameed, director of sales of Pakistan-based Manzoor Trading. While the supply of crude palm oil in Malaysia remains tight, an increase in the global supply of rapeseed oil could weigh on prices, he added. The benchmark contract for July delivery closed MYR59 lower at MYR3,730 a ton. (


Oil Falls After Iraqi Oil Flows Set to Resume

0929 GMT - Oil prices tumble after reports that oil exports from Kurdish Iraq will resume this week. Brent crude oil slips 1.9% to $83.13 a barrel while WTI drops 2% to $79.27 a barrel. Iraq's prime minister said the flows, which total around 450,000 barrels a day, would resume in the coming days, according to local media. The news pushed down crude prices, according to DNB Markets. The supplies had been halted amid a dispute between the Iraqi government in Baghdad and the semi-autonomous oil-rich Kurdish region. The two sides had already reached a temporary agreement earlier this month but oil flows had yet to resume. (


Glencore's Sweet-Talking of Teck Is Hardly Surprising

0836 GMT - Glencore indicates it could dig a bit deeper with its merger proposal for Teck Resources if Teck's board willingly engages in conversation--no big surprise as miners rarely back down once they fixate on a new target, AJ Bell says. The Anglo-Swiss mining and trading company said it is prepared to consider improvements to its merger, demerger proposal if the board engaged, but would be willing to go directly to shareholders if not. "Expect this drama to keep playing out--ultimately, it is all down to price and even the most stubborn will eventually cave in if enough carrots are dangled in front of their face, " AJ Bell investment director Russ Mould says. Glencore shares are down 0.6% at 495.05 pence. (


Oil Weakens Amid Demand Worries

0744 GMT - Oil prices edge lower as demand concerns outweigh signs of falling inventories and strong Chinese data. Brent crude oil declined 0.5% to $84.32 a barrel while WTI edges down 0.6% to $80.44 a barrel. Oil prices shrugged at Chinese GDP data Tuesday that was stronger than expected, while prices seem to be similarly unimpressed by American Petroleum Institute data that showed U.S. crude inventories fell last week. "There are clearly still some concerns over the demand outlook," says Warren Patterson, head of commodities strategy at ING, in a note. "Weaker refinery margins will be adding to these concerns," he says. (


Metals Slip as Dollar Inches Higher

0725 GMT - Metal prices are slipping in early trading in London, while the dollar is inching higher with expectations of a rate hike in May from the Federal Reserve rising. Three-month copper is down 0.7% to $8,942 a metric ton while aluminum is 1% lower at $2,415.50 a ton. Gold in New York is down 0.8% to $2,004.10 a troy ounce. "In the short term, we expect the U.S. Federal Reserve to remain hawkish as it battles inflation," ANZ Research says in a note. However, ANZ adds that it does expect an eventual pause in rate hikes, which should boost demand for goods like gold. (


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