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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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Wednesday, 15 August 2018



Gold hits more than 18-month low as dollar gains on Turkey troubles. 

Gold fell to a more than 18-month low on Wednesday as the dollar climbed towards its highest in over a year on concerns about global market contagion triggered by recent declines in the Turkish lira. Further gold liquidation from emerging markets to strengthen local currencies also pressured bullion, several traders said. The advancing dollar and worries of continued oversupply also pushed platinum and palladium to their lowest since October 2008 and July 2017 respectively. Bullion has declined about 9 percent this year, pressured by rising U.S. interest rates, a soaring dollar and failure to capitalize on its traditional role as a hedge against global uncertainties. investors have opted for U.S. Treasuries, seen as the ultimate safe haven, which meant they had to buy dollars, while bearish sentiment on gold led to liquidations in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and a record level of short positions.

Copper Tumbles into a Bear Market.

 Copper plunged into a bear market as concerns mount that Turkey’s financial crisis and the U.S.-China trade spat will stymie global economic growth. The red metal for delivery in three months fell 4 percent to settle at $5,801 a metric ton at 5:52 p.m. Wednesday on the London Metal Exchange. That’s a more-than 20 percent drop from its high of $7,332 a ton in June, meeting the common definition of a bear market. Copper has posted four straight daily losses, dropping to the lowest in more than a year. Losses on Wednesday were triggered by a broad retreat in China as the Yuan weakened and recent data showed the economy hit a rough patch. We expect nickel prices to continue their weak and range bound pattern today. LME nickel slumped over 4%, breaking through $13,000/mt to a low of $12,770/mt, and closed at $12,880 yuan/mt on Wednesday. The SHFE 1811 contract fell past 108,000 yuan/mt to a low of 107,110 yuan/mt before it slightly rebounded and closed at 107,910 yuan/mt overnight.

We expect nickel prices to continue their weak and range bound pattern today.

LME nickel slumped over 4%, breaking through $13,000/mt to a low of $12,770/mt, and closed at $12,880 yuan/mt on Wednesday. The SHFE 1811 contract fell past 108,000 yuan/mt to a low of 107,110 yuan/mt before it slightly rebounded and closed at 107,910 yuan/mt overnight. We expect nickel prices to continue their weak and range bound pattern today. LME nickel is likely to hover around $12,800/mt and the SHFE 1811 contract at 106,500-108,000 yuan/mt. Spot prices are seen at 107,000-109,000 yuan/mt.

Oil edges up as China, U.S. set for trade talks 

Oil prices on Thursday recouped some of the previous day's losses after Beijing said it would send a delegation to Washington to try to resolve trade disputes between the United States and China that have roiled global markets. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were weaker, trading down 8 cents at $64.93 a barrel amid rising U.S. crude production and storage levels. Both benchmarks lost more than 2 percent the previous day. said Thursday's markets were pushed up by news that a Chinese delegation led by Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen will hold talks with U.S. representatives led by Under Secretary of Treasury for International Affairs David Malpass later in August. and the United States have implemented several rounds of tit-for-tat tariffs on each others goods since the start of the year and have threatened further tariffs on exports worth hundreds of billions of dollars.


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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 Escondida, 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 tonne discount between the cash and threemonth contracts from a premium of about $60 a tonne at the end of July. LME stocks, at 256,175 tonnes, have jumped more than 10 percent since last week. China’s primary aluminium production climbed 12 percent in July from the same period a year ago, equalling 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 Andurand and Jean-Louis Mee, chief executive of Westbeck Capital.


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Monday, 13 August 2018


Gold below $1,200 as Turkey tremors boost dollar. 

GOLD broke through the 1,200 mark yesterday for the first time since March 2017 as it continued to be pressured by the dollar’s steady rise on safe haven flows. In the latest data from CFTC as at August 7, short positions built up by speculative traders were at their highest since data began in 2006, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Overall however, net positioning is still long by 12,688 contracts, which is still the least since December 2015. Many commodities are falling victim to the dollar’s strength as risk-aversion trades gain popularity.

COPPER markets continue to be plagued by the threat of strike action at some of the world’s largest mines.

 Copper markets continue to be plagued by the threat of strike action at some of the world’s largest mines. BHP is waiting to hear the response to its sweetened offer to workers at its Escondido mine in hopes of averting a strike, while strikers at the Caserones mine are set to go on strike on August 14 if mediation fails. Despite these potential supply disruptions, copper is struggling to gain any kind of foothold with a one-day spike higher on August 9 beaten back the following day. The base metal is facing its third straight down day and is now at 2.7102. The July 19 low of 2.6501 could be the next support level.

We expect nickel prices to continue their weak performance today. 

LME nickel lost all the gains it made last week and closed at $13,535/mt on Monday. The SHFE 1811 contract overnight plummeted past the 20-day moving average to 111,330 yuan/mt after its initial, mild gains. It then recovered some losses and closed at 112,030 yuan/mt. We expect nickel prices to continue their weak performance today. LME nickel is likely to hover around $13,600/mt and the SHFE 1811 contract is likely to trade at 112,000-113,800 yuan/mt. Spot prices are seen at 112,000-114,000 yuan/mt..

Oil dips as trade tensions drag; Iran sanctions provide some support.

 Oil prices are on the defensive with WTI sliding to a seven-week low overnight as markets consider the broader impact of the meltdown in the Turkish currency and economy. Additional pressure has come from the dollar’s bid bias as a safe haven stronghold, while a weekend IEA oil market report predicted that global demand for oil would slacken for the rest of this year before reviving next year. The combined downward pressure was strong enough to overcome reports that Saudi Arabia’s production has been scaled back in July even as Iran sanctions kick in..


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BULLION:-

Gold prices traded steady on Tuesday, but hovered close to an 18-month low hit in the previous session. Gold prices sank below $1,200 per ounce on Monday to their lowest since late January 2017, losing out to U.S. Treasuries and a strong dollar as investors sought refuge from a financial market rout triggered by a crashing Turkish lira. Investors traditionally use gold as a means of preserving the value of their assets during times of political and economic uncertainty and inflation, but it has this year failed to benefit. Instead investors have made a beeline for U.S. Treasuries, seen as the ultimate safe haven, which meant they had to buy dollars. The lira has tumbled on worries over Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s increasing control over the economy and deteriorating relations with the United States. An investor flight to safety lifted U.S. Treasury yields from four weeks lows. The dollar index touched a 13-month high before paring gains. The higher greenback makes dollar-denominated assets more expensive for holders of other currencies, which subdues demand - a relationship used by funds to generate buy and sell signals from numerical models. Holdings of the largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund (ETF), New York’s SPDR Gold Trust, at 25.3 million ounces have dropped about 10 percent from their April peak and are at their lowest since February 2016.

BASE METALS:-

London copper prices drifted lower for a third straight session on Tuesday as the dollar stood tall versus other currencies on concerns that a rout in the Turkish lira could infect European banks and emerging economies. he Turkish lira was trading at 6.9100 per dollar in early Asian deals on Tuesday, compared with Monday’s record low of 7.24 after the central bank pledged to provide liquidity. The lira has lost more than 40 percent this month on concerns about President Tayyip Erdogan’s reluctance to raise interest rates despite rising inflation and a deepening diplomatic rift with the United States. Chinese industrial production and fixed asset investment growth came in below forecasts in July, with the latter falling to a record low as retail sales also disappointed. Fixed asset investment grew 5.5 per cent for the first seven months of the year, compared to the same period last year. A median forecast from economists polled by Reuters had forecast 6 per cent growth, in line with the previous month. The latest reading was the lowest on record, according to official data compiled by Wind Info and dating back to 1992.The slowdown in investment comes despite Beijing last month announcing a series of tax cuts and infrastructure spending in a bid to stimulate demand after the country's gross domestic product grew at its slowest pace since 2016 in the second quarter.

ENERGY:-


Oil prices rose on Tuesday after a report from OPEC confirmed that top exporter Saudi Arabia had cut production to avert looming oversupply. In July, Saudi Arabia told the producer group of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) that it had cut production by 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 10.288 million bpd. OPEC’s monthly report published on Monday, which uses data from secondary sources, confirmed the Saudi cut, which traders said triggered crude’s upward move early on Tuesday. That came despite the Saudi move coming in anticipation of a slowdown in oil demand. The OPEC report said it expected world oil demand to grow by 1.43 million bpd in 2019, down from 1.64 million bpd in 2018. OPEC said the demand slowdown would come on the back of potentially lower economic growth as a result of trade disputes between the United States and China as well as emerging market turmoil. Despite this, OPEC said overall oil demand would likely remain healthy. Chinese oil refinery output rose 11.6 percent in July from a year earlier, government data showed on Tuesday, with state-run plants operating at high rates but smaller independent refiners struggling with squeezed profit margins. Refinery throughput last month reached 50.95 million tonnes, or 11.95 million barrels per day (bpd), according to the data from the National Bureau of Statistics. That compared to 12.11 million bpd in June.


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