Barclay’s bull or Pearce take? Staying in tune with a broken record

Each Friday, we highlight the key trading themes of the week, along with companies and sectors investors should be keeping their eye on.


As part of the weekly recap for Stockhead, our Head of Trading, Trent Primmer, was interviewed to share some trading highlights of the week.

Trading highlights

The conversation for this week turned to resources.

Recent discussions with Trent have dialled in on stocks to watch in various commodity sub-sectors including nickel, some ASX copper explorers and a stock pick in the green hydrogen space.

Copper is still in focus, with Barclay Pearce working with a number of junior copper explorers in the pre-IPO stage. So were precious metals (gold) and bulk commodities (iron ore).

As Primmer aptly put it:

"I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but why change a record when it’s making you money every time you play it?"

Macro view

Iron ore is back below US$200/t and copper has eased back from recent decade-highs of its own.

On the demand-side, Trent noted this week’s development in China, which he called the “main driver” of the mini-correction.

China’s main economic planning body, the NDRC, this week called regulators in for a chit-chat in a bid to curb market speculation. Trent said:

"But from where we’re standing, we think it’s a short term down-trend."

Commodities such as iron ore and copper still have “strategic value”, not just to China but to the world.



“That rising infrastructure spend is a global thematic as economies emerge from the pandemic. It puts people in boots and helps out economies around world. So we think that will continue to underpin demand in these commodities in an environment of constrained supply.”

    - Trent Primmer, Head of Trading

In that context, Trent highlighted regulatory developments in Chile, which supplies 25% of global copper.

Lawmakers have proposed a bill which would materially increase the tax on copper sales.

"I think (Chilean copper miner) Codelco said around 40% of copper output is going to be affected if that law gets past."

Weighing up the various uncertainties, Primmer said: 

"There’s still going to be a lot of demand which will outrun supply. Copper in particular around these levels we’re happy to buy and hold longer term."

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Hot Chilli (ASX: HCH)

On the ASX, Primmer again highlighted Chilean-based Hot Chilli (ASX:HCH) as Barclay’s pick of the bunch among junior copper explorers. He said:

"That would be one of our top stocks that we’re watching and also happy to buy."

And relaying conversations with corporate clients, Primmer said that 2021 has ushered in a material shift away from tech stocks and towards resources among sophisticated and professional investors.



“When a new client calls us, normally we’d be asking them the question about what sectors they want to allocate capital to. Right now, as soon as they call us they’re saying ‘let me know when you have a resources company or a renewable energy company that I can invest in.”

    - Trent Primmer, Head of Trading


Barclay Pearce Capital is currently acting as lead manager for Locksley Resources, a pre-IPO copper play developing a greenfield asset located in Central NSW.



“All of our pre-IPO rounds in resources are getting oversubscribed pretty fast. I think the Locksley raise was oversubscribed in a couple of hours. Some of these guys are throwing big money at these companies, even at the pre-IPO phase. And anytime to a new client they’ve already taken notice of what we’ve done in the renewable energy resources space. Conversely, they don’t really care about the next growth stock in tech at the, given the recent drop-off in tech prices.”

                      - Trent Primmer, Head of Trading


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