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Tuesday, 11 December 2018


Vienna In order to put an end to crude oil prices, the organization of oil producing countries has agreed to cut OPEC production. The meeting lasted for two days agreed to cut 12 lakh barrels per day (MBD) between OPEC countries. Although the cut is much higher than expected, that is why news of crude prices in the international market has increased by 5.4 percent. It is believed that it will have a huge effect on India and once again the order of the price of petrol and diesel may start.

OPEC will reduce 12 million barrels a day
OPEC and its partners agreed to cut production of 1.2 million barrels per day, out of which eight million barrels will be cut by OPEC alone. Although Iran has emerged as a winner in this controversial conversation. Iran said that it has been exempt from the deduction because it is already facing American sanctions.

Crude costlier by 5.4 percent
After this news, Brent crude prices in London climbed up to 5.4 percent. However, later the trade was limited and crude moved up 3 percent to $ 61.67 a barrel level.

OPEC's decision has increased the apprehensions that the deal could increase the resonance of US President Donald Trump, who did not want to cut crude production and keep prices low.

Russia's Strategy Worked
It is believed that the non-OPEC member was behind the deal as Russia's Strategy, which has many bilateral meetings with members. In this way, he managed to persuade Saudi Arabia and Iran, which was considered the hardlinest opposition. However, these days OPEC was facing considerable pressure to keep oil prices down.

Declining output
The deal at the end was a surprise to everyone. In the earlier conversation, OPEC and its allies had proposed a reduction of 10 million barrels per day in oil production, in which 6.50 lakh OPECs were to be reduced. According to the reports, the producers of oil will use the output of October as a baseline to cut production.


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Sunday, 9 December 2018


BULLION:-

Gold traded firm near a five-month peak hit early on Monday, supported by a disappointing U.S. jobs data that fuelled speculation that the Federal Reserve may stop raising interest rates sooner than expected. The dollar slipped against the yen and the euro, while stocks extended their slump as worries over U.S.-China trade tensions battered investor sentiment. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 155,000 jobs in November, while economists polled by Reuters had forecast payrolls increasing by 200,000 jobs. The U.S. central bank is flagging a turning point in monetary policy, as a Fed policymaker on Friday backed interest rate hikes in the "near term" but nodded to increasingly less certainty ahead. U.S.-China trade negotiations need to reach a successful end by March 1 or new tariffs will be imposed, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Sunday, clarifying there is a "hard deadline" after a week of seeming confusion among President Donald Trump and his advisers

METALS:-

London copper fluctuated to close slightly higher at $6,149/mt on Friday. Despite a positive start, the SHFE 1902 contract weakened on Friday night, with pressure from the daily moving average. It closed at 49,060 yuan/mt. Open interest for the SHFE copper complex remained below 500,000 lots, suggesting limited confidence among investors. LME copper is expected to trade at $6,120-6,170/mt today with the SHFE 1902 contract at 48,900-49,200 yuan/mt. Spot premiums are seen at 150-420 yuan/mt. Tight supplies are likely to keep buyers chasing high-quality materials. London nickel fluctuated to close higher at $10,955/mt on Friday. The SHFE 1905 contract fell to close at 89,350 yuan/mt on Friday night after climbing to a high of 90,140 yuan/mt. LME nickel is expected to hover around $10,900/mt today with the SHFE 1905 contract at 88,500-90,000 yuan/mt. Spot prices are seen at 88,500-98,000 yuan/mt.

ENERGY:-

ONGC has sold a cargo of Russian Sokol crude cargo at a similar premium from the previous month, trade sources said on Monday. The cargo, loading on Feb. 10 to 16, was sold to a European trading house at a premium of $4.80 a barrel above Dubai quotes, they said. The deal marked the first February Sokol cargo to trade this month. The premium surprised the sources as they were expecting Sokol premiums to fall in line with other light sour grades sold to Asia and to reflect weaker refining margins. International oil prices rose on Monday, extending gains from Friday when producer club OPEC and some non-affiliated producers agreed a supply cut of 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) from January. Prices surged on Friday after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and some non-OPEC producers including heavyweight Russia announced they would cut oil supply by 1.2 million bpd, with an 800,000 bpd reduction planned by OPEC-members and 400,000 bpd by countries not affiliated with the group.



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Wednesday, 5 December 2018



BULLION:-

U.S. stock futures tumbled on Thursday and Asian markets followed after Canadian authorities arrested a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies, fanning fears of further tensions between China and the United States. MKTS/GLOB The dollar, which has enjoyed an unrivalled surge against its peers this year, will be undermined in 2019 on increasing concerns about slowing U.S. economic growth, a Reuters poll of foreign exchange strategists showed. Tariff-driven price increases have spread more broadly through the U.S. economy, though on balance inflation has risen at a modest pace in most parts of the country, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday in its latest report on the economy. China expressed confidence on Wednesday that it can reach a trade deal with the United States, a sentiment echoed by U.S. President Donald Trump a day after he warned of more tariffs if the two sides could not resolve their differences.

METALS:-

London copper rebounded to close at $6,193.5/mt overnight as shorts cut their bets after the contract fell to a low of $6,158.5/mt. LME copper snapped a four-day losing streak and came under pressure at the five- and 10-day moving averages. With a lower open, the SHFE 1902 contract fluctuated to close at 49,310 yuan/mt overnight. This lowered it below all short-term moving averages and the middle Bollinger band. Open interest for the SHFE copper complex decreased below 500,000 lots, reflecting limited confidence among investors. LME copper is expected to trade at $6,140-6,190/mt today with the SHFE 1902 contract at 49,100-49,400 yuan/mt. Spot premiums are seen at 130-300 yuan/mt. In the physical market, sellers were reluctant to offload cargoes and these tightened supplies across the market. London nickel rebounded from earlier lows and closed at $11,220/mt overnight. After initially falling to a low of 90,250 yuan/mt, the SHFE 1901 contract clawed back losses and ended at 91,250 yuan/mt overnight. Investors remained cautious on lingering concerns over US-China trade.  

ENERGY:-


Oil prices fell along with weak stock markets on Thursday, but trading was tepid ahead of a meeting by producer group OPEC that is expected to result in a supply cut aimed at draining a glut that has pulled down crude prices by 30 percent since October. Traders said oil prices were being weighed down by weak global financial markets, which saw stock markets tumble on Thursday. Early October, crude oil has lost around 30 percent of its value amid surging supply and fears that an economic downturn will erode fuel demand. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is meeting at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday to decide its production policy. Led by Saudi Arabia, OPEC's crude oil production PRODN-TOTAL has risen by 4.1 percent since mid-2018, to 33.31 million barrels per day (bpd). Oil output from the world's biggest producers - OPEC, Russia and the United States - has increased by a 3.3 million bpd since the end of 2017, to 56.38 million bpd, meeting almost 60 percent of global consumption. PRODN-TOTAL C-RU-OUT C-OUT-T-EIA.

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Tuesday, 4 December 2018


BULLION:-

Gold prices were steady early Wednesday as the dollar edged up, while palladium dipped from record highs touched in the previous session but was in close proximity to the bullion. Spot gold was at $1,236.85 per ounce at 0121 GMT. In the previous session, prices touched a peak of $1,241.86, their highest since Oct. 26. US gold futures were down 0.4 per cent at $1,241.4 per ounce. One of the most influential Federal Reserve policymakers said on Tuesday he expects further interest rate hikes continuing next year since the US economy is "in really good shape," reinforcing the Fed's upbeat tone in the face of growing doubts in financial markets. US President Donald Trump on Tuesday held out the possibility of an extension of the 90-day trade truce with China, but warned he would revert to tariffs if the two sides could not resolve their differences. 

METALS:-

London copper fell to close at $6,168.5/mt overnight as shorts built their bets on the recovery of the US dollar. The SHFE 1902 contract slid to close at 49,230 yuan/mt after a lower open overnight. Copper prices are likely to remain range bound at lows today with a trading range of $6,150-6,200/mt for LME copper and of 49,200-49,700 yuan/mt for the SHFE 1902 contract. Spot premiums are seen at 110-260 yuan/mt. London nickel relinquished earlier gains and closed at $11,130/mt overnight as the US dollar climbed. The SHFE 1901 contract tumbled and closed at 90,740 yuan/mt overnight as gains in the dollar encouraged shorts to add bets and forced longs to cut bets. LME nickel is expected to weaken to hover around $11,100/mt today and the SHFE 1901 contract is expected to trade at 90,500-92,000 yuan/mt. Spot prices are seen at 90,500-99,500 yuan/mt.

ENERGY:-

With less than 48 hours to go before a critical OPEC gathering, Saudi Arabia and Russia are set to meet in Vienna for a make-or-break preparatory meeting on Wednesday that’s going to set the direction for the oil market. The stakes are high after crude prices suffered their largest monthly drop since the global financial crisis in November, and politicians from U.S. President Donald Trump to French President Emmanuel Macron have called on OPEC to keep energy prices in check. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih on Tuesday cautioned an output deal wasn’t done -- at least not yet. In an interview with Bloomberg, Al-Falih said that it was “premature” to say that the OPEC+ group, which includes allies such as Russia and Kazakhstan, will agree to cut output. His comments were less bullish than last month’s statements in Abu Dhabi when he called for 1 million barrels a day of production cuts. Crude gave up much of its gains on Tuesday following his comments. The opportunity for countries to put their cards on the table comes on Wednesday at the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee, the panel that oversees the 2016 deal between OPEC and its allies.



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Sunday, 2 December 2018


BULLION:-

Gold prices were steady early on Monday as the dollar weakened on U.S.-China trade truce that revived investor demand for riskier assets. Spot gold inched up 0.1 percent to $1,222.97 per ounce at the time of writing. U.S. gold futures were up 0.2 percent at $1,228.1 per ounce. The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, was down about 0.2 percent. Asian shares rallied on Monday after U.S. and Chinese leaders brokered a truce in their trade conflict, a relief for the global economic outlook and a tonic for emerging markets. China and the United States agreed to halt additional tariffs in a deal that keeps their trade war from escalating as the two sides try again to bridge their differences with fresh talks aimed at reaching an agreement within 90 days. If no deal is reached within 90 days, both parties agreed that the 10 percent tariffs will be raised to 25 percent, the White House said. Speculators increased their net short position in gold by 8,464 contracts to 51,828 contracts, according to U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data. Physical gold demand in the world’s second biggest bullion consumer India got a fillip this week from a slide in local rates due to gains in the rupee, while buying was steady in other top Asian hubs. The U.S. Mint sold 8,000 ounces of American Eagle gold coins in November, down 67.3 percent from the previous month, according to the latest data.

METALS:-

London and Shanghai industrial metals jumped on Monday after U.S. and Chinese leaders agreed to a ceasefire in a trade dispute that has shaken global markets. China and the United States agreed to halt additional tariffs in a deal that keeps their trade war from escalating as the two sides try again to bridge their differences with fresh talks aimed at reaching an agreement within 90 days. The White House said on Saturday that President Donald Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping during high-stakes talks in Argentina that he would not boost tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods to 25 percent on Jan. 1 as previously announced. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange rose 2.3 percent to $6,338.5 a tonne at the time of writing, while the most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange climbed 1.7 percent to 50,420 yuan ($7,248.63) a tonne. Other industrial metals also rose, with Shanghai zinc jumping 4.7 percent to 21,370 yuan a tonne. A total of 79 Chinese cities have triggered air pollution alerts as severe winter smog covers wide swaths of the country, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.  

ENERGY:-

Oil jumped on Monday after Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to extend into 2019 their deal to manage the oil market, known as OPEC+, although Moscow and Riyadh have yet to confirm any fresh output cuts. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $53.38 per barrel at the time of writing, up $2.45 per barrel, or 4.8 percent from their last close. International Brent crude oil futures were up $2.38 per barrel, or 4 percent, at $61.84 a barrel. China and the United States agreed during the meeting of the Group of 20 (G20) leading economies in Argentina over the weekend not to impose additional trade tariffs for at least 90 days while the pair hold talks to resolve existing disputes. The trade war between the world’s two biggest economies has weighed heavily on global trade, sparking concerns of an economic slowdown. Looking ahead, oil traders will eye a meeting by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on Dec. 6. At the meeting, the producer group, as well as non-OPEC member Russia, is expected to announce supply cuts aimed at reining in a production overhang that has pulled down crude prices by around a third since October.  


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Wednesday, 28 November 2018


BULLION:-
Gold prices firmed on Thursday as the dollar faltered following dovish comments from U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, calming investor concerns over the pace of rate hikes. "The dovish Fed stance was relatively constructive from pure dollar trade perspective and it could edge off the dollar and continue to do so until the year end, which is quite significant for gold prices," said Stephen Innes, APAC trading head at OANDA in Singapore. The dollar slipped from a two-week high on Wednesday after Powell said interest rates are just below neutral, raising expectations that the U.S. central bank is closer to the end of its rate hike cycle. USD/ weaker dollar helps other local currencies such as China and India get back in the game, which could add to gold's lustre," Innes added. A weaker greenback makes the dollar-denominated gold cheaper for other non-U.S. buyers.

METALS:-
Copper led gains across base metals overnight, as the US dollar dipped from two-week highs after the US Federal Reserve described interest rates as "just below" the neutral rate. LME copper rebounded back above all moving averages, and above the Bollinger middle band. It closed at $6,251.5/mt after surged to a high of $6,269/mt. The SHFE copper dominant contract changed to the 1902 contract overnight, which rallied above the five- and 60-day moving averages on longs’ support. We expect it to trade at 49,200-49,600 yuan/mt with its LME counterpart trading at $6,180-6,230/mt today. Spot premiums are set at 70-130 yuan/mt. As a weaker US dollar grew confidence across longs, LME nickel broke pressure at $10,860/mt and rose to a high of $10,880/mt after hovering around the daily moving average overnight. The SHFE 1901 contract registered a slower growth, pressured by domestic slow consumption.  

ENERGY:-
Oil prices ticked higher on Thursday on optimism that trade talks at the G20 meeting could aid the global economy and improve the demand outlook, while an increase in U.S. crude inventories to their highest in a year curbed gains. "We have seen huge increases in supply and the demand picture is in question. However, we might see some movement on global trade issues at the G20 meeting which starts on Friday," said Michael McCarthy, chief strategist at CMC Markets and Stock broking. Investors in commodity markets are looking ahead to the meeting of leaders of the Group of 20 nations (G20), the world's biggest economies, on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, with the U.S.-China trade war at the top of the agenda. U.S. President Donald Trump is open to a trade deal with China but is also prepared to hike tariffs on imports from the country if there is no breakthrough on longstanding trade issues during a dinner on Saturday with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday. Said China will widen market access for foreign investors and step up protection of intellectual property rights. Rising supplies are keeping a lid on prices.


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Sunday, 25 November 2018


BULLION:-

Gold prices were little changed on Monday with investors looking to a G20 meeting this week for signs of a thaw in the Sino-US trade conflict, although a stronger dollar amid fears of a slowdown in global growth weighed on bullion. Officials from some G20 countries, anxious to see a swift end to the U.S.-China trade war, are hopeful but not confident that a meeting between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Argentina may yield at least a partial ceasefire. The two-day summit ends on Dec. 1. China on Friday urged the World Trade Organization (WTO) to close loopholes and correct practices by some member states that damage global trade, warning of a “profound crisis” facing the institution’s existence. European Union leaders finally sealed a Brexit deal on Sunday, saying the package agreed with Prime Minister Theresa May was the best Britain will get in a warning to the British parliament not to reject it. Euro zone business growth has been much weaker than expected this month as a slowing global economy and the trade war have led to a sharp fall in exports, a survey showed on Friday. Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini hinted on Sunday at the possibility of tweaking the country’s deficit goal for next year, a move that could open a negotiation between Rome and Brussels to avoid a disciplinary procedure against Italy.  

METALS:-

Oil prices won back some ground after hefty losses on Friday, but remained under pressure with Brent crude below $60 per barrel amid weak fundamentals and struggling financial markets. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures, were up 16 cents, or 0.3 percent, at $50.58 per barrel. But Monday’s gains did little to make up for the almost 8-per cent plunge on Friday, which traders have already dubbed ‘Black Friday’. The downward pressure comes from surging supply and a slowdown in demand-growth which is expected to result in an oil supply overhang in 2019. Beyond weak fundamentals, oil markets are also being impacted by a downturn in wider financial markets. Oil markets have also been weighed down by the strong U.S.-dollar, which has surged against most other currencies this year, thanks to rising interest rates that have pulled investor money out of other currencies and also assets like oil, which are seen as more risky than the greenback. Another risk to global trade and overall economic growth is the trade war between the world’s two biggest economies, the United States and China.

ENERGY:-

Nickel extended loss on Monday after Friday’s slump to its lowest since October last year, pulled down by worries about a supply surplus in 2019 and weaker demand from China, the largest consumer of the metal. Most other base metal prices also fell sharply on concerns that U.S.-China trade talks next week could fail, leading to weaker economic growth. Adding to the bearish mood for nickel was news that German chemicals giant BASF plans to use less of the metal in its electric car batteries. Electric vehicles have been touted as a major new source of demand. Expectations of a supply avalanche hitting the nickel market next year due to new capacity in Indonesia have sent prices down more than 15 percent since September. U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are expected to hold talks during the G20 summit next week. Shanghai equities fell by the most in five weeks on Friday and the yuan weakened, making dollar-priced metals more expensive for Chinese buyers. Germany’s BASF has a new recipe for electric car batteries which cuts the nickel content by more than half and uses more manganese. China’s October scrap metal imports fell to their lowest since at least 2014 amid tightening regulations on waste imports. Arrivals of scrap copper last month fell to 170,000 tonnes from 200,000 tonnes in September and scrap aluminium imports fell to 90,000 tonnes from 100,000 tonnes.


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Wednesday, 21 November 2018


BULLION:-

Gold prices held firm on Thursday after hitting the highest in two weeks in the previous session, with improved risk appetite weighing on the U.S. dollar. The dollar was broadly lower as demand for safe haven currencies declined after a rebound in global equities and the euro strengthened on hopes for a resolution of Italy's budget dispute. Meanwhile, Asian shares stepped ahead cautiously, though rising U.S. interest rates and escalating trade tensions kept financial markets on edge amid signs of slackening global growth. The dollar has been under pressure this week as cautious comments by Fed officials about a potential global slowdown raised doubts on the pace of interest rate hikes. The doubts were heightened by data on Wednesday showing weekly jobless claims rose to a more than four-month high and new orders for U.S.-made capital goods were unexpectedly flat in October. Are seeing some impact of the weaker than expected durable goods number, which has reinforced investors to question their expectations of rate hikes in 2019 and weaker dollar followed," Hynes added.

METALS:-

London copper received support at the Bollinger middle band as it extended its increase of the daytime and mostly hovered above the daily moving average. It closed at $6,233/mt after rising to a high of $6,240/mt. With support at the five-day moving average, the SHFE 1901 contract settled at 49,530 yuan/mt with open interest up 2,704 lots to 518,000 lots. Market sentiment improved as the equity selloff eased. Development of China-US trade conflict will remain in focus in the near run. Today, the contract is expected to trade at 49,100-49,600 yuan/mt with its LME counterpart trading at $6,200-6,250/mt. Spot premiums is set at 50-120 yuan/mt as supplies are tight. Weak fundamentals grew confidence in short positions, which lowered LME nickel by 0.5% and the SHFE 1901 contract by 1.41% overnight. This was despite a softened US dollar. Limited upward momentum will see LME nickel hovering weakly around $11,000/mt, with the contract trading at 90,500-92,000 yuan/mt today. Spot prices are seen at 91,000-102,500 yuan/mt today. 

ENERGY:-

Oil markets started Thursday timidly, with rising U.S. crude inventories pressuring prices but an expected supply cut by producer cartel OPEC offering some support. U.S. commercial crude oil inventories C-STK-T-EIA rose by 4.9 million barrels to 446.91 million barrels last week, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a weekly report on Wednesday. That was the highest level since December 2017. Crude oil production C-OUT-T-EIA remained at a record 11.7 million barrels per day (bpd), the EIA said. Some analysts have warned that despite high global production, oil markets have little spare capacity to handle unforeseen supply disruptions. However, Innes said that once U.S. pipeline bottlenecks were alleviated, which he said he expected in 2019, "the entire notion of a tight global spare capacity argument goes down the well".


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Monday, 19 November 2018


BULLION:-

Gold prices were steady on Monday, with the dollar subdued following comments from U.S. Federal Reserve officials that were cautious on global economic growth. Spot gold was up about 0.1 percent at $1,222.14 per ounce at the time of writing, while U.S. gold futures were flat at $1,222.8 per ounce. The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, was at 96.48. Asian shares inched cautiously higher amid conflicting signals on the chance of a truce in the Sino-U.S. trade dispute. Fed policymakers on Friday signaled further interest rate increases ahead, even as they raised relatively muted concerns over a potential global slowdown that has markets betting heavily that the rate-hike cycle will soon peter out. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he may not impose more tariffs on Chinese goods after Beijing sent the United States a list of measures it was willing to take to resolve trade tensions, although he added it was unacceptable that some major items were omitted from the list. British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday that toppling her would risk delaying Brexit and she would not let talk of a leadership challenge distract her from a critical week of negotiations with Brussels.  

METALS:-

London copper prices rose on Monday, supported by tight supply and after U.S. President Donald Trump said he may not impose more tariffs on Chinese goods. Trump made the comment after Beijing sent a list of measures it was willing to take to resolve trade tensions, although he added it was unacceptable that some major items were omitted from the list. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange had risen 0.4 percent to $6,229 a tonne at the time of writing, while the most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange was up 0.4 percent at 49,780 yuan ($7,175.91) a tonne. Headline copper inventories in LME-registered warehouses fell by 5,425 tonnes to 161,025 tonnes, nearing last month’s 10-year low of 136,675 tonnes. Trade tensions were clearly on display at an APEC meeting in Papua New Guinea over the weekend, where leaders failed to agree on a communiqué for the first time ever.

ENERGY:-

Oil prices rose around 1 percent on Monday as traders expected top exporter Saudi Arabia to push producer club OPEC to cut supply toward year-end. Despite that, market sentiment remains weak on signs of a demand slowdown amid deep trade disputes between the world’s two biggest economies, the United States and China. Front-month Brent crude oil futures were at $67.29 per barrel at the time of writing, up 53 cents, or 0.8 percent, from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures, were up 71 cents, or 1.3 percent, at $57.17 per barrel. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), de-facto led by Saudi Arabia, is pushing for the producer cartel and its allies to cut 1 million to 1.4 million barrels per day (bpd) of supply to adjust for a slowdown in demand growth and prevent oversupply. Despite Monday’s gains, crude prices remain almost a quarter below their recent peaks in early October, weighed down by surging supply and a slowdown in demand growth. This comes in part after Washington granted Iran’s major oil customers, mostly in Asia, unexpectedly broad exemptions to sanctions it reimposed on Tehran in November. U.S. energy firms added two oil rigs in the week to Nov.  


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Wednesday, 14 November 2018



BULLION:-

Gold prices held steady on Thursday after gaining nearly 1 percent on Wednesday, helped by a slight retreat in the dollar following a rally and as some investors covered their short positions after the metal held the key $1,200 level. Spot gold was up 1 percent at $1,210.60 per ounce. Prices had slipped to their lowest since Oct. 11 at $1,195.90 in the previous session. U.S. gold futures settled up $8.70, or 0.72 percent, at $1,210.10. An index that tracks the dollar versus a basket of six major currencies was down 0.2 percent after hitting a 16-month high on Monday. Factors including increased buying by central banks, the return of interest amongst exchange-traded fund (ETF) investors and seasonal demand for physical gold are acting as a cushion to the downside. Holdings of the world's largest gold-backed ETF, SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), remained near their highest level in more than two months. Bullion has fallen about 11 percent from a peak in April as investors instead flocked to the dollar, with U.S.- China trade friction unfolding against a background of higher U.S. interest rates.  

METALS:-

London copper and aluminium prices rose slightly along with other metals on Thursday, with investors looking to potential stimulus spending in China after weak retail and credit growth data in October. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange had risen 0.4 percent to $6,113 a tonne at the time of writing, while the most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange gained 0.4 percent to 49,180 yuan ($7,076) a tonne. Prices of aluminium, zinc, lead and tin also increased. The outlook for copper demand in the mid to long term remains healthy despite current trade friction between China and the United States as a renewable energy revolution will require vast amounts of the metal, industry executives said. Global miner Rio Tinto is among parties making a final offer for a minority stake in Teck Resources Ltd's Quebrada Blanca copper mine expansion in northern Chile, a development worth $4.8 billion, two sources close to the matter said. China, the leading holder of international deep sea exploration licences, has increased its lead in the race for alternative sources of battery minerals by taking samples from cobalt-bearing mountains deep in the Pacific.  

ENERGY:-

Natural gas prices shot through the roof on Wednesday as weather forecasts called for an increasingly cold winter in what is looking like a tightly supplied market. Natural gas spot prices had climbed by more than 17 percent to reach $4.812-a price that traders haven't seen since Fall 2014. The natural gas futures market had an exceptionally volatile trading morning, with prices surging about 35 percent since the beginning of the month, likely stemming from traders rushing to cover short positions as panic set in. The 10- to 15-day weather forecast that has the market in a jumble calls for exceptionally cold weather over the next six to fifteen days-the trend showing ever increasing cold temperatures. The cold snap is just one factor pushing prices upward. Inventories for natural gas are also low for this time of year, data from the EIA showed last week. Total natural gas stocks as of 11/02 were 3,208 Bcf-a 15.3% decline from this week a year ago, and 16.2% below the five-year average. Updated storage data is scheduled to be released today at 09.00 PM IST.  



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