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Monday, 22 October 2018


BULLION:-

Gold prices edged higher early Monday, moving closer to a 2-1/2-month peak hit last week, as Asian shares fell amid rising political tensions and worries over slowing global economic growth. Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,227.56 an ounce at the time of writing. On Oct. 15, the bullion touched its highest since July 26 at $1,233.26. Asian share markets fell anew on Monday as investors braced for the peak of the U.S. earnings season while angst over Saudi Arabia, Italy and Brexit kept geopolitics front at the center. Saudi Arabia on Sunday called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate a "huge and grave mistake," but sought to shield its powerful crown prince from the widening crisis, saying Mohammed bin Salman had not been aware. President Donald Trump said Washington would withdraw from a landmark Cold War-era treaty that eliminated nuclear missiles from Europe because Russia was violating the pact, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from Moscow.  

METALS:-

London copper prices rose for the second session in early Asian trade on Monday, extending a rally fuelled by a pledge from China's central bank that it would support firms with liquidity problems. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange edged up 0.3 percent to $6,236.50 a tonne at the time of writing, extending a 1 percent jump from the previous session. The most-traded December copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange climbed by 0.8 percent to 50,390 yuan ($7,270) a tonne. Nickel was the biggest gainer, tracking gains in China's ferrous complex to rise 1.7 percent in London and 1.9 percent in Shanghai. Zinc slipped by as much as 1.8 percent in Shanghai after the ShFE on Friday reported a 23.3 percent jump in zinc inventories. The bulk of nickel moving out of London Metal Exchange-approved warehouses in Asia is showing up in hidden facilities in Europe, denting a bullish scenario of potential shortages. A Shenzhen-based commodity exchange controlled by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing unexpectedly began spot trading on Friday, giving the HKEX much-coveted access to mainland China's market.

ENERGY:


Oil prices edged up on Monday, as markets were expected to tighten once U.S. sanctions against Iran's crude exports are implemented next month. Front-month Brent crude oil futures were trading at $79.88 a barrel at the time of writing, 10 cents above their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures were at $69.31 a barrel, 19 cents above their last settlement. Also in the United States, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE.N) said its new Permian West Texas Intermediate crude futures contract deliverable in Houston, Texas, will begin trading on Monday. The main price driver in Asia on Monday was the looming start of U.S. sanctions against Iran's oil exports, which will start on November 4. While the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed in June to boost supply to make up for expected Iran disruptions, an internal document reviewed by Reuters suggested that OPEC is struggling to add barrels to the market as an increase in Saudi Arabian supply was offset by declines in Iran, Venezuela, and Angola. 

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Thursday, 18 October 2018


BULLION:-
There Gold prices held steady on Wednesday despite a rise in equities, with investors waiting for minutes from the US Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting for any fresh clues on the pace of interest rate hikes. Spot gold was up 0.1 per cent at $1,224.70 an ounce at 0100 GMT. On Monday, it touched its highest since July 26 at $1,233.26 an ounce. US President Donald Trump heaped more criticism on the Fed in an interview with Fox Business Network on Tuesday, extending his discontent beyond its chairman, Jerome Powell, whom he has frequently critiqued in public. Past US presidents have been reticent to criticize the central bank because its independence is seen as important for economic stability. But Trump in the past week has called the Fed "crazy," "loco," "ridiculous," and "too cute". Asian equities got some much needed relief on Wednesday after upbeat US earnings reports drove a rebound on Wall Street and helped restore a little confidence in emerging market stocks and currencies. 

METALS:-
As the dollar strengthened, LME copper tumbled in late trading on Thursday and ended at $6,132/mt. It has closed lower for four consecutive days. The SHFE 1812 contract became the most traded SHFE copper contract overnight. As longs added and shorts cut their positions, the contract crept past the 50,000 yuan/mt level after it dropped to a low of 49,720 yuan/mt. On the technical front, LME copper fell past the 10-day moving average and the middle Bollinger band. While the SHFE 1812 contract closed above its opening price overnight, open interest for the SHFE copper complex stood below 600,000 lots, suggesting a bearish outlook on demand. Purchases across the physical markets remained sluggish in the previous day with spot discounts offered at 70-40 yuan/mt. Declines in copper prices might trigger some downstream purchases.

ENERGY:-
Oil prices nudged higher on Friday but were set for a second weekly drop amid higher U.S. crude inventories, an ongoing Sino-U.S. trade war and concerns over the death of a prominent Saudi journalist. For the week, U.S. crude was down 3.5 percent,
while Brent was 1.1 percent lower, putting both on track for a second consecutive weekly decline. U.S. crude stocks last week climbed 6.5 million barrels, the fourth straight weekly build, almost triple the amount analysts had forecast, the U.S. Energy
Information Administration said on Wednesday. Inventories rose sharply even as U.S. crude production slipped 300,000 barrels per day to 10.9 million bpd last week due to the effects of offshore facilities closing temporarily for Hurricane Michael.



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Tuesday, 16 October 2018


BULLION:-

There Gold prices held steady on Wednesday despite a rise in equities, with investors waiting for minutes from the US Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting for any fresh clues on the pace of interest rate hikes. Spot gold was up 0.1 per cent at $1,224.70 an ounce at 0100 GMT. On Monday, it touched its highest since July 26 at $1,233.26 an ounce. US President Donald Trump heaped more criticism on the Fed in an interview with Fox Business Network on Tuesday, extending his discontent beyond its chairman, Jerome Powell, whom he has frequently critiqued in public. Past US presidents have been reticent to criticize the central bank because its independence is seen as important for economic stability. But Trump in the past week has called the Fed "crazy," "loco," "ridiculous," and "too cute". Asian equities got some much needed relief on Wednesday after upbeat US earnings reports drove a rebound on Wall Street and helped restore a little confidence in emerging market stocks and currencies. 

METALS:-

On Tuesday, bargain-seekers pushed up LME copper to the daily moving average from early lows before a rally in US stocks rally that was fuelled by earnings and weighed on the dollar further bolstered LME copper to a high of $6,252.5/mt. The contract fell back to the daily moving average by close. The SHFE 1811 contract traded range bound in negative territory overnight. China factory prices slowed in September, indicating a potential slowdown in profit growth across Chinese manufacturers in the fourth quarter amid the ongoing trade war with the US. This is set to weigh on copper prices. LME copper is likely to trade at $6,200-6,250/mt today with SHFE copper at 50,000-50,500 yuan/mt. In the physical market, sellers are keen to cash in under the pressure from cash flows and existing stocks while downstream consumers hold back from purchases. While sellers lowered offers, trades remain sluggish. Spot discounts are seen at 60-20 yuan/mt today.


ENERGY:-

Oil prices extended gains into a fourth session on Wednesday, buoyed as industry data showed a surprise decline in U.S. crude inventories and as geopolitical tensions over the disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist stoked supply worries. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude CLc1 was up 15 cents, or 0.2 percent, at $72.07 a barrel by 0255 GMT on Wednesday, having settled up 14 cents. U.S. crude inventories fell by 2.1 million barrels last week, compared with analyst expectations for a build of 2.2 million barrels, American Petroleum Institute data showed after Tuesday's settlement. U.S. gasoline stocks dropped by a larger-than-expected 3.4 million barrels, while distillate fuel stockpiles declined by a smaller-than-expected 246,000 barrels, the API data showed.




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Monday, 15 October 2018


BULLION:-
There Gold prices inched higher early on Tuesday, hovering near a 2-1/2 month high hit in the previous session, as risk averse investors sought a safe haven amid rising political tensions and economic uncertainty. Spot gold was up 0.1 per cent at $1,227.76 an ounce at 0114 GMT. On Monday, it touched a peak of $1,233.26, the highest since July 26. Asian stocks bounced modestly on Tuesday, gaining a toe-hold after a week of heavy losses, although increasing tensions between Saudi Arabia and the West fanned geopolitical concerns and capped gains. The US government closed the 2018 fiscal year $779 billion in the red, its highest deficit in six years, as Republican-led tax cuts pinched revenues and expenses rose on a growing national debt, according to data released on Monday by the Treasury Department. 

METALS:-
London copper closed near its day lows at $6,253/mt on Monday as longs booked profits after the contract climbed to an intraday high of $6,342/mt. With bearish sentiment from weakness in the equity markets, longs booked profits after the SHFE 1811 contract crept to a high of 50,960 yuan/mt and hovered around the daily moving average. This dragged the contract down to close at a low of 50,480 yuan/mt overnight. The pessimistic sentiment, triggered by the equity rout, lingered and this slowed the growth in copper prices. However, China's robust exports in September and low stocks across LME, COMEX and SHFE warehouses could provide some support. On technicals, LME copper touched the 10-day moving average and its Bollinger bands appeared to converge; SHFE copper stood firmly above the five-day moving average. We expect LME copper to trade at $6,190-6,280/mt today with the SHFE 1811 contract at 50,500-51,000 yuan/mt. Spot prices are seen at discounts of 20 yuan/mt to premiums of 30 yuan/mt.

ENERGY:-

Oil prices rose on Tuesday on signs Iranian oil exports this month have fallen from September ahead of U.S. sanctions against Tehran that are set to start in November. Iran has exported 1.33 million barrels per day (bpd) to countries including India, China and Turkey in the first two weeks of October, according to Definitive Eikon data. That was down from 1.6 million bpd in September, the data showed. October exports are a sharp drop from the 2.5 million bpd exported in April before U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from a multi-lateral nuclear deal with Iran in May and ordered the re-imposition of economic sanctions on the country, the third-largest producer among the members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).


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Sunday, 14 October 2018


BULLION:-

There were a recent combination short covering and a flight to safety that lead to gold's rapid increase in price with the precious metal climbing through the descending channel's resistance to set a fresh high of $1,226/oz up from $1,180 recent double bottom lows. However, US equity markets set a firmer tone on Friday with respect to investor risk appetite which leaves gold bulls exposed to the risk of a deeper correction should market's continue to recover - Gold had already retreated back to $1,216 which has been marked out by the bears in the last two full day's of trade since its advance.  Eyes will stay focussed on US rates, the US dollar and stock markets with investor sentiment on shaky grounds considering the heightened tensions with respect to global trade relations and geopolitical risks

METALS:-

London copper reversed some early gains on Friday as the dollar climbed. The SHFE 1812 contract on Friday night fell below the daily moving average and ended at 50,720 yuan/mt after it rose to a high of 51,090 yuan/mt. Copper prices recovered as the markets settled from the US equity rout. In late trading on Friday, LME nickel lost all the gains it made earlier in the day and fell to a low of $12,610/mt before hovering around $12,670/mt and settling at $12,685/mt. The SHFE 1811 contract on Friday night rebounded to hover around 105,000 yuan/mt and end at 104,950 yuan/mt after it fell to a low of 104,430 yuan/mt. SHFE nickel prices are likely to remain rangebound as supply and demand both grow. LME nickel is expected to hover around $12,650/mt today and the SHFE 1811 contract is expected to trade at 104,000-106,000 yuan/mt. Spot prices are seen at 104,000-111,000 yuan/mt

ENERGY:-


Crude oil futures rose on Monday as geopolitical tensions over the disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist stoked worries about supply, although concerns about the long-term outlook for demand dragged on prices. "The market has again expressed concerns over geopolitical tensions in the Middle East after U.S. and Saudi traded comments over the disappearance of the Saudi journalist, leading to a jump in prices," Wang Xiao, head of crude research with Guotai Junan Futures, wrote in a research note. Saudi Arabia has been under pressure since Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Riyadh and a U.S. resident, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Kingdom would retaliate against possible economic sanctions taken by other states over the case, its state news agency SPA reported on Sunday quoting an official source.


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Thursday, 11 October 2018


BULLION:-
Gold edged down on Friday but held near an over two-month high hit in the previous session, when prices surged over 2 percent as a rout in global stock markets boosted the metal's safe-haven appeal. Spot gold was down 0.2 percent at $1,221.06 an ounce at the time of writing. On Thursday, it jumped about 2.5 percent after marking its highest since July 31 at $1,226.27. That was also the metal's best one-day percentage gain since June 2016. U.S. gold futures were down 0.3 percent at $1,224.50 an ounce. Worries about the economic impact of the Sino-U.S. trade war, a spike in U.S. bond yields this week and caution ahead of earnings seasons have all been cited as potential reasons behind the selloff, the biggest market rout since February.

METALS:-
London aluminium steadied on Friday after metals were caught in a widespread market sell-off this week, but it was set for its biggest weekly drop since June as concerns over raw material costs eased. LME aluminium had edged up 0.3 percent to $2,027 a tonne at the time of writing - still holding above the $2,000 level that has been its base since April. Prices were on course for a loss of nearly 4 percent this week, extending 2018's drop to 11 percent. Putting downward pressure on raw material costs, aluminium maker Norsk Hydro said it would resume half production at its giant Brazilian alumina plant, just days after declaring it would shut down completely. Shanghai Futures Exchange copper rose half a percent to 50,450 yuan ($7,312) a tonne. Open interest in China's copper contract is the lowest in 15 months. U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Thursday there was much more he could do that would hurt China's economy further, showing no signs of backing off an escalating trade war with Beijing.  

ENERGY:-

Oil prices steadied on Friday after a market rout driven by sharp falls in equity markets and indications that supply concerns have been overblown, but were still on track for a fall or more than 4 percent for the week. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 11 cents at $71.08 a barrel, after falling 3 percent in the previous session to the lowest since Sept. 21. U.S. crude inventories rose by 6 million barrels last week, the Energy Information Administration said, more than double analysts' expectations of a 2.6 million-barrel increase. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries cut its forecast of global demand growth for oil next year for a third straight month, citing headwinds facing the broader economy from trade disputes and volatile emerging markets. OPEC sees the oil market as well supplied and is wary of creating a glut next year, the group's secretary-general said on Thursday.


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Wednesday, 10 October 2018


BULLION:-

Gold prices edged higher in the morning session as some investors sought refuge in the precious metal after the global stocks tumbled and the U.S. dollar weakened. Spot gold rose 0.4 percent to $1,194.12 per ounce at the time of writing. U.S. gold futures settled up $1.9, or 0.16 percent, at $1,193.4. Stocks on major world markets fell to a three-month low, with the benchmark S&P500 stock index falling more than 3 percent, in its biggest one-day fall since February. The U.S. dollar index retreated from a seven-week peak hit in the previous session. Gold, however, has fallen over 13 percent since hitting a peak in April, with investors increasingly opting for the safety of the greenback as the U.S.-China trade war unfolded against a backdrop of rising U.S. interest rates. Rising bond yields have also dampened the appeal of gold, which pays no interest. Higher U.S. Treasury yields can translate into more demand for the dollar, making bullion more expensive for holders of other currencies. U.S. Treasury yields held near multi-year highs after government data showed the U.S. producer price index (PPI) climbed in September, which reinforced expectations that the Federal Reserve would continue raising interest rates.  

METALS:-

Zinc fell in the previous session on trade and inflation worries, although it had earlier risen back towards a 3-month high reached last week on shrinking inventories and smelter cuts in China. Zinc inventories in LME-registered warehouses fell to 194,575 tonnes from more than 250,000 tonnes in August and are nearing 10-year lows. Stockpiles in Shanghai Futures Exchange storehouses at 29,204 tonnes are the smallest since 2007. Also weighing on zinc were lingering worries that trade tensions will sap growth. The worries, coupled with rising U.S. bond yields, pushed world shares down to a three month low. Demand for refined zinc will exceed supply by 322,000 tonnes this year, but the gap will narrow to 72,000 tonnes in 2019, industry data showed on Monday. The premium of cash zinc over the three-month contract rose to $41.50, reversing recent falls and signaling a lack of nearby supply.  

ENERGY:-

Oil dropped on Thursday to extend big losses from the previous session as global stock markets suffered a rout, with crude prices also taking a hit from a weekly industry report showing U.S. crude inventories had risen more than expected. Supply worries also eased as Hurricane Michael likely spared oil assets from significant damage as it smashed into Florida, even as it caused injuries and widespread destruction. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 57 cents, or 0.8 percent, at $72.60 after dropping 2.4 percent in the previous session. U.S. crude stockpiles rose more than expected last week, while gasoline inventories increased and distillate stocks drew, industry group the American Petroleum Institute said on Wednesday. Crude inventories climbed by 9.7 million barrels in the week to Oct. 5 to 410.7 million, compared with analyst expectations for an increase of 2.6 million barrels. Crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma delivery hub rose by 2.2 million barrels, API said. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is due to release official government inventory data today at 08.30 PM IST. In the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, producers have cut daily oil production by roughly 42 percent due to the storm, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said.  


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