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Scotiabank

December 19, 2013 07:00 ET

Scotiabank's Commodity Price Index -- Year-End Review and Outlook for 2014

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - December 19, 2013) -  Scotiabank's Commodity Price Index declined by a sharp 5.8% month-over-month (m/m) in November and is currently 10.4% below a year earlier.

"While commodity prices have lost ground in 2013 -- partly due to disappointingly slow global growth -- signs point to a bottoming in 2014 and a return of the 'bull-run' in the second half of the decade," said Patricia Mohr, Scotiabank's Vice President of Economics and Commodity Market Specialist. "Zinc is a top pick for early investors and lumber should post another solid advance in 2014." 

Highlights in the report include:

  • Critical need to build additional oil export pipeline capability, enabling Western Canada to diversify its oil markets: the National Energy Board will release its recommendation on the Northern Gateway Pipeline today 
  • The oil & gas industry is key to Canada's economic prosperity, generating almost one-quarter of Canada's merchandise trade exports in 2012
  • Forest Products posted the strongest advance of any commodity sector in 2013
  • Copper remains one of the most lucrative of all commodities

Read the full Scotiabank Commodity Price Index at http://www.scotiabank.com/ca/en/0,,3112,00.html.

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