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Tuesday, 21 August 2018


Gold regains strength as dollar sags after trump remark.

Gold prices rose on the back of a weaker US dollar on Tuesday, extending gains into a third session after US president Donald Trump said he was "not thrilled" with the US Federal Reserve for raising interest rates. Spot gold was up 0.3 per cent at $1,193.97.24 an ounce at 0054 GMT. It climbed 0.5 per cent in the previous session. US gold futures were up 0.5 per cent at $1,200.60 an ounce. The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major peers, was down 0.4 per cent at 95.494. The dollar was down 0.2 per cent at 109.86 yen . Trump said on Monday he was "not thrilled" with the Federal Reserve under his own appointee, Chairman Jerome Powell, for raising interest rates and said the US central bank should do more to help him to boost the economy.

COPPER is extending its recovery.

Copper is extending its recovery from 1-1/2 year lows as the US and China once again prepare to sit at the negotiating table to discuss the trade tariff war. The negotiations come as the US starts public hearings on another $200 billion of proposed tariffs on Chinese imports. Hopes of a breakthrough are lifting ideas that a global slowdown may be avoided and hence keep demand for the industrial metal buoyant. Adding to the bullish news, workers at Chile’s Escondida mine inked a new labor contract last week, thereby avoiding a potential strike. Copper is poised for its fourth straight daily gain and has rallied 4.65% from the low on August 15. It is still down 19.3% from the June peak.

Decreasing inventories and upbeat fundamentals in China also buoyed nickel prices. 

As the dollar weakened, LME nickel climbed past $13,700/mt and closed at $13,615/mt on Monday. As longs added their positions, the SHFE 1811 contract hit a high of 112,830 yuan/mt before it edged down and closed at 112,180 yuan/mt overnight. Shrinking inventories and upbeat fundamentals front also buoyed nickel prices. We expect nickel prices to extend their gains today. LME nickel is likely to hover around $13,700 today with the SHFE 1811 contract trading at 112,000-113,500 yuan/mt. Spot prices are seen at 112,000-114,000 yuan/mt.

Oil mixed on tighter U.S. outlook, while U.S.-China trade spat weighs.

 Oil prices were mixed on Tuesday, with U.S. fuel markets seen to be tightening while the Sino-U.S. trade dispute dragged on international crude contracts. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures for September delivery CLc1 were up 27 cents, or 0.4 percent, at 0306 GMT, at $66.70 per barrel. The contract expires on Tuesday. The more active October futures were up 7 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $65.49 a barrel. Traders said U.S. markets were lifted by a tightening outlook for fuel markets in the coming months. Inventories in the United States for refined products such as diesel and heating oil for this time of year are at their lowest in four years.


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BULLION:-
Gold prices rose on the back of a weaker U.S. dollar on Tuesday, extending gains into a third session after U.S. president Donald Trump said he was “not thrilled” with the U.S. Federal Reserve for raising interest rates. Trump said on Monday he was “not thrilled” with the Federal Reserve under his own appointee, Chairman Jerome Powell, for raising interest rates and said the U.S. central bank should do more to help him to boost the economy. Asian stocks were capped in the wake of those comments from Trump and after he accused China and Europe of manipulating their currencies. Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic said on Monday he was maintaining his expectation for one more interest rate hike this year, as trade tensions and international events add some downside risk to an otherwise strong U.S. outlook. U.S. businesses have a message for the Trump administration: New tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports will force Americans to pay more for items they use throughout their daily lives, from cradles to first bicycles and wedding dresses to coffins. Turkish authorities detained two men suspected of shooting at the U.S. Embassy in the capital Ankara on Monday, in an attack that coincides with increased tensions between the two NATO allies over the trial of a U.S. pastor in Turkey. Meanwhile, Trump also said he did not expect much progress from trade talks with China this week in Washington. China, seeking to skirt U.S. sanctions, will use oil tankers from Iran for its purchases of that country’s crude, throwing Tehran a lifeline while European companies such as France’s Total are walking away due to fear of reprisals from Washington.

METALS:-
Base metals prices rose on Tuesday, with London copper climbing back above the $6,000-a-tonne mark, as the dollar slipped, making metals cheaper for holders of other currencies, while the market awaited U.S.-China trade talks in Washington. Copper prices on the London Metal Exchange have fallen by 18 percent from a four-year high touched on June 7 amid concerns a trade row between the United States and China, which have slapped billions of dollars in tariffs on each other's goods, will hit demand for industrial metals. Industrial metals got a lift from improving sentiment on China’s economy and a rise in the yuan. The Asian nation plans to send a delegation to the U.S. later this month, stoking hopes of a revival of trade talks. Meanwhile, orders to withdraw copper from warehouses tracked by the London Metal Exchange climbed the most since 2015 on Monday. Metal prices plunged last week, sending the LMEX Index to a one-year low, as turmoil fueled by Turkey’s financial woes spread across emerging markets. Currency moves have also set the direction for the market in recent weeks, with the stronger dollar and weaker Chinese yuan leading metal prices lower.

ENERGY:-
Crude oil futures were mixed during morning trade in Asia on Tuesday, with the NYMEX WTI contract ticking up on expected US crude stock draws. Analysts surveyed Monday by S&P Global Platts were expecting latest US crude stocks data to show a 3.37 million-barrel draw for the week ended August 17 -- they had also expected a decline in last week's survey, but stocks instead posted a 6.81 million-barrel build. The American Petroleum Institute is due to release its preliminary stocks report later Tuesday and the more definitive US Energy Information Administration report is due on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Brent prices reacted to supply news elsewhere, including reports that Saudi Arabia ramped up its crude exports, refinery runs and direct burn for power generation in June, which pressured prices lower. Saudi exports rose 260,000 b/d month on month to 7.244 million b/d in June, after falling to a seven-month low in May, according to latest data from the Riyadh-based Joint Organizations Data Initiative. Its refinery runs increased 190,000 b/d on month to 2.792 million b/d in June, the highest since December 2017. Iran on Sunday told OPEC that no member country should be allowed to take over any other member country's share of oil exports as OPEC prepares to pump more oil from the second half of 2018 to offset the loss of Iranian oil as a result of US sanctions.


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Monday, 20 August 2018


Gold regains strength amid planned U.S., China trade talks.

Spot gold prices bounced from 19-month lows on Thursday, as the U.S. dollar slipped on news that China and the United States will hold trade talks this month, although sentiment remained negative. Gold futures settled slightly down as the U.S. dollar came off its lows later in the trading session, yet remained negative. Spot gold XAU= gained 0.3 percent at $1,177.80 an ounce by 1:39 p.m. EDT (1739 GMT), from an earlier low of $1,159.96, it’s weakest since January last year. U.S. gold futures GCcv1 for December delivery settled down $1, or 0.1 percent, at $1,184 per ounce. Auto catalyst metal platinum is oversupplied. South Africa, the world's top platinum producer, saw its rand currency ZAR= hit a two-year low due to contagion from the Turkish lira earlier this week. A lower rand cuts costs for South African miners when expressed in dollars, which means they can keep producing and delaying the process of rebalancing the market.

Copper Tumbles into a Bear Market.

While the risk of a strike at BHP’s Escondido copper mine in Chile has temporarily wound down, the movement of Chinese yuan and the performance of Chinese economy would be key. Spot premiums are seen higher at 100-140 yuan/mt today given the early tumbles in futures prices. The euro zone’s surplus for goods traded with the rest of the world fell by less than forecast in June, suggesting the bloc may be weathering international trade frictions better than expected. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 212,000 for the week ended August 11, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Data for the prior week was revised to show 1,000 more applications received than previously reported.

Decreasing inventories and upbeat fundamentals in China also buoyed nickel prices.

LME nickel jumped past $13,400/mt before it met pressure at $13,500/mt and closed at $13,340/mt on Thursday. The SHFE 1811 contract climbed to 111,450 yuan/mt before it edged down, hovering around the daily moving average, and closed at 110,620 yuan/mt overnight. Decreasing inventories and upbeat fundamentals in China also buoyed nickel prices. We expect the prices to extend their gains today. LME nickel is likely to hover around $13,000/mt today and the SHFE 1811 contract is expected to trade at 110,000-111,500 yuan/mt with spot prices at 109,000-111,000 yuan/mt.

Oil prices slip amid fears over global economic growth.

Oil prices fell on Friday, with U.S. crude heading for a seventh weekly decline amid increasing concerns about slowing global economic growth that could hit demand for petroleum products as inventories build. China and the United States have implemented several rounds of trade tariffs and threatened further duties on exports worth hundreds of billions of dollars, which could knock global economic growth.At the same time, the crisis gripping the Turkish lira has rattled emerging markets and reverberated across equities, bonds and raw materials.U.S. data on Wednesday showed crude output C-OUT-T-EIA rose by 100,000 barrels per day to 10.9 million bpd in the week ending Aug. 10.Crude inventories C-STK-T-EIA increased by 6.8 million barrels, representing the largest weekly rise since March last year.


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Sunday, 19 August 2018



BULLION:-
Most of the consumer demand is for light-weight variety, and investment demand for gold is sluggish due to rising interest rates, tighter credit norms, among other factors. Fall in rupee exchange rate has helped arrest impact of a sharp correction in the international prices of gold, which are down nine percent in the current calendar year, even as the price of domestic standard gold has remained more or less stagnant. However, prices in India are down 6.8 percent on average from their peaks. As a result, the country's price-sensitive customers are back in the market and demand is now expected to remain steady after the first half of subdued off taking. Indications are that jewelers have started restocking gold ahead of the festival season which is now just around the corner. However, most of the consumer demand is for jewelers and that too of the light-weight variety, and investment demand is sluggish due to rising interest rates, tighter credit norms among other factors. As a result, overall imports are likely to contract by at least 15 percent, market experts say.


METALS:-
The metal also trades nearly 10% lower year to date, failing to draw the support that might be expected amid geopolitical turmoil around trade-war worries and Turkey’s financial crisis, as focus remains almost exclusively pinned on the stronger dollar. The precious metal has mostly languished just below the psychologically important $1,200 level after dropping beneath this line for the first time in more than a year on Monday. A popular metals exchange-traded fund, the SPDR Gold Trust GLD, +0.93% was up 0.3%, but poised for a weekly loss of 2.8%, while an ETF that tracks gold miners, the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF GDX, +3.08% added 1.2% — trading down 10.5% on the week.“It is becoming increasingly clear that the yellow metal has struggled to maintain its safe-haven allure, with investors rushing to the dollar instead in these times of uncertainty,” said Lukman Otunuga, research analyst at FXTM, in a note Friday. “ With the greenback heavily supported by U.S. rate-hike expectations and safe-haven demand, gold is likely to witness further losses moving forward.” The weakness in the greenback Friday came on the heels of data from the University of Michigan showing that its consumer sentiment index fell to 95.3 in August, from 97.9 in July — the lowest level in 11 months. Meanwhile, after posting broad declines Thursday, industrial metals on Comex ended on a mixed note. Copper saw its September contract HGU8, +0.74%  inch up by 0.5% to $2.629 a pound. It still finished about 4.1% lower for the week.


ENERGY:-

The WTI Crude Oil market rallied significantly during the day on Friday, reaching as high as $66.40 before pulling back a bit. That being the case, it looks as if we are making a serious attempt at turning things around, or perhaps traders simply do not want to be short of oil going into the weekend. Either way, we have saved ourselves at a major uptrend line, so it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. If we can break above the $66.50 level, we could make a serious move towards $68. Otherwise, if we turn around and lose the $65 level again, this market could unwind rather drastically, especially if there strong trading in the US dollar. Brent markets also rallied but gave back quite a bit of the gains, causing me a bit of concern. The $71 level underneath offers plenty of support, but the $72.50 level above is plenty of resistance. As things look now, Brent has lagged WTI for some time, and may continue to do. The US dollar will have its say in this market as well, so if it strengthens that could send oil lower. There’s also concerns about Iranian oil coming off line, so that of course could be bullish. In short, I think this market is going to continue to be extraordinarily volatile and sideways overall.


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Saturday, 18 August 2018

NCDEX Oct Soybean edged higher on Thursday mainly on fresh buying initiated by the market participants on good meal exports. The government has increased the export incentives on soymeal to 10% of the free - on - board value from the current 7% till Mar 31. According to the latest report by the Soybean Processors' Association of India, India's soymeal exports rose 12% on year to 102,000 in July. Soymeal exports in August are expected to double on year to over 100,000 to due to robust demand from European countries. There was strong demand from Bangladesh, France, and Israel boosting export of the oilmeal. The area under soybean in the country increased by 9 % at 11.1 lakh ha as of last week compared to last year sowing, according to data released by the farm ministry.
Outlook
Soybean futures are expected to trade sideways to higher due to higher crushing demand due to increase the incentives for soy meal exports. However, the expectation of good area this season due to the forecast of normal rains is keeping the prices

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Thursday, 16 August 2018


Gold regains strength amid planned U.S., China trade talks.

Spot gold prices bounced from 19-month lows on Thursday, as the U.S. dollar slipped on news that China and the United States will hold trade talks this month, although sentiment remained negative. Gold futures settled slightly down as the U.S. dollar came off its lows later in the trading session, yet remained negative. Spot gold XAU= gained 0.3 percent at $1,177.80 an ounce by 1:39 p.m. EDT (1739 GMT), from an earlier low of $1,159.96, it’s weakest since January last year. U.S. gold futures GCcv1 for December delivery settled down $1, or 0.1 percent, at $1,184 per ounce. Auto catalyst metal platinum is oversupplied. South Africa, the world's top platinum producer, saw its rand currency ZAR= hit a two-year low due to contagion from the Turkish lira earlier this week. A lower rand cuts costs for South African miners when expressed in dollars, which means they can keep producing and delaying the process of rebalancing the market.

Copper Tumbles into a Bear Market.

While the risk of a strike at BHP’s Escondido copper mine in Chile has temporarily wound down, the movement of Chinese yuan and the performance of Chinese economy would be key. Spot premiums are seen higher at 100-140 yuan/mt today given the early tumbles in futures prices. The euro zone’s surplus for goods traded with the rest of the world fell by less than forecast in June, suggesting the bloc may be weathering international trade frictions better than expected. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 212,000 for the week ended August 11, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Data for the prior week was revised to show 1,000 more applications received than previously reported.

Decreasing inventories and upbeat fundamentals in China also buoyed nickel prices.

LME nickel jumped past $13,400/mt before it met pressure at $13,500/mt and closed at $13,340/mt on Thursday. The SHFE 1811 contract climbed to 111,450 yuan/mt before it edged down, hovering around the daily moving average, and closed at 110,620 yuan/mt overnight. Decreasing inventories and upbeat fundamentals in China also buoyed nickel prices. We expect the prices to extend their gains today. LME nickel is likely to hover around $13,000/mt today and the SHFE 1811 contract is expected to trade at 110,000-111,500 yuan/mt with spot prices at 109,000-111,000 yuan/mt.

Oil prices slip amid fears over global economic growth.

Oil prices fell on Friday, with U.S. crude heading for a seventh weekly decline amid increasing concerns about slowing global economic growth that could hit demand for petroleum products as inventories build. China and the United States have implemented several rounds of trade tariffs and threatened further duties on exports worth hundreds of billions of dollars, which could knock global economic growth.At the same time, the crisis gripping the Turkish lira has rattled emerging markets and reverberated across equities, bonds and raw materials.U.S. data on Wednesday showed crude output C-OUT-T-EIA rose by 100,000 barrels per day to 10.9 million bpd in the week ending Aug. 10.Crude inventories C-STK-T-EIA increased by 6.8 million barrels, representing the largest weekly rise since March last year.


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BULLION:-

Gold prices on Thursday hit their lowest in more than 19 months, with the US dollar holding steady near a recent peak as concerns about a Turkey crisis and China’s economic health weighed on emerging market currencies. The United States on Wednesday ruled out removing steel tariffs that have contributed to a currency crisis in Turkey even if Ankara frees a U.S. pastor, as Qatar pledged $15 billion in investment to Turkey, supporting a rise in the Turkish lira. The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on a Russian port service agency and Chinese firms for aiding North Korean ships and selling alcohol and tobacco to Pyongyang in breach of U.S. sanctions aimed at pressuring North Korea to end its nuclear programs. Some emerging market countries pared their holdings of U.S. Treasuries in June, data from the U.S. Treasury department showed on Wednesday, in what analysts viewed as a move to support their currencies as the Federal Reserve started raising interest rates this year. U.S. retail sales rose more than expected in July as households boosted purchases of motor vehicles and clothing, suggesting the economy remained strong early in the third quarter. China’s state planner pledged on Wednesday to keep debt levels under control even as Beijing rolls out fresh stimulus to support the stumbling economy as a trade war with the U.S. deepens.

METALS:-

Copper prices fell to a fresh 13-month low after data showed fixed-asset investment in China slowed to a nearly two-decade low in the first seven months of the year. A strike had been averted at the world's largest copper mine put a cap on hopes of recovery for the bellwether metal. Reuters reported that management at Chile’s Escondido, said it struck a deal on Wednesday on a new labor contract with the union representing most of its workers. Large rises in zinc stocks stored in LME-approved warehouses have created $16 a tone discount between the cash and three-month contracts from a premium of about $60 a tone at the end of July. LME stocks, at 256,175 tones, have jumped more than 10 percent since last week. China’s primary aluminum production climbed 12 percent in July from the same period a year ago, equaling its monthly record, as new smelters took output back towards levels before capacity closures in mid-2017. According to Japan's Ministry of Finance, Japan's Merchandise Trade Balance contracted by much more than expected, sinking to ¥-231.2 billion compared to the expected ¥-41.2 billion. The prior trade balance was ¥720.8 billion. The adjusted trade balance also missed and printed in contraction, coming in at ¥-45.6 billion versus the expected ¥20.7 billion surplus. Exports sank to 3.9% y/y compared to the forecast 6.3%; previous was 6.7%. Imports surged to 14.6% y/y, last was 2.6%. Exports to the US declined in July by 5.2% y/y, while exports to China lifted 11.9% y/y.

ENERGY:-


Oil prices plunged after government data showed a big, unexpected jump in stockpiles of U.S. crude, compounding pressure as the outlook for global economic growth darkened and the stock market slumped. After the American Petroleum Institute surprised markets by reporting a build of 3.66 million barrels for the week ending August 10, the Energy Information Administration confirmed a build, but reported that it had been significantly bigger at 6.8 million barrels. The EIA reported that at 414.2 million barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories are a bit above the five-year average for the season. In gasoline, inventories were down by 700,000 barrels last week, compared with a build of 2.9 million barrels a week earlier but slightly above the seasonal average. Gasoline production averaged 10.2 million bpd, from 9.9 million bpd the week before last. Distillate inventories added 3.6 million barrels last week, after a build of 1.2 million barrels in the prior week, with production averaging 5.3 million bpd, up by 100,000 bpd on the previous week. Meanwhile the market is worrying about supply from Venezuela and preparing for the last round of U.S. sanctions against Iran, which will target its oil industry specifically. Some oil bulls are preparing for oil prices of US$150 and even US$200, Reuters reported yesterday, citing prominent hedge fund manager Pierre Andorran and Jean-Louis Mee, chief executive of West beck Capital.


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