EU carbon prices ended the week virtually unchanged to halt a downturn over the two previous weeks despite bearish signals from the energy complex.
The Dec-15 EUA contract settled up 2 cents at €8.39 on ICE, barely budging in a tight €8.34-8.42 range on thin turnover of 7.6 million. It was down just 2 cents week-on-week.
The benchmark EUA futures briefly crossed above their middle Bollinger band and 20-day moving average now at €8.49 on Wednesday, but kept above their lower Bollinger band now at €8.28, a technical level that prices bounced off on Tuesday and provided support over the rest of the week.
Analysts had warned off further losses this week on the bearish momentum built up during the previous week’s 2.5% loss, which itself extended a downward trend since carbon hit a peak of €8.71 on Oct. 29.
While carbon prices have held steady this week, German power has tanked, with the front-year baseload contract down 2.5% w/w at €28.55/MWh on EEX.
This has caused German clean dark spreads to shrink considerably, with weaker coal prices only partially offsetting the measure of profitability, denting the incentive for utilities to sell electricity forwards and buy the corresponding carbon.
The calendar 2016, 2017 and 2018 spreads are their lowest for 3, 7, and 7.5 months respectively after shrinking every session this week to lose 4%, 18% and 19% each.
Earlier on Friday, Germany sold 3.198 million spot EUAs at 2 cents below market and with bid coverage of 2.41.
Auction bid coverage has been mixed this week, with the first two sales attracting well above the year’s 3.1 average while the three subsequent sales have been below, including Wednesday’s 1.47 for the UK, the lowest for six months.
Next week’s auction supply is little changed, with a rare Polish sale replacing the UK’s fortnightly auction to give a weekly total of 14.81 million, down from 15.1 million.
Below are this past week’s EUA auction results, featuring the clearing price, distance to front-year EUA futures in the secondary market, and bid-to-cover ratio:
And next week’s scheduled sales:
|Implied EUA carry trade annual returns||German clean dark spreads|
|Dec-15||Dec-16||Dec-17||Dec-18||Cal Yr||Price||Wk chg|
|Dec-17||1.636%||(based on 36% efficiency factor)|
|(does not include transaction costs)|
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