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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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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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Monday, 3 December 2018


BULLION:-

Gold prices rose on Tuesday, after hitting a more than one-month high earlier in the session, as the dollar stumbled after the United States and China agreed to a temporary truce in their trade conflict that rattled global markets. "Dollar weakness is primarily driving gold prices higher," said Benjamin Lu, a commodities analyst at Phillip Futures. "Markets seem little doubtful about the success of this Sino-U.S. trade war truce... It seems a bit cautious," Lu added. The dollar weakened against its major peers on Tuesday, as the thaw in trade tensions between Washington and Beijing supported investor confidence though concerns about the fragility of the truce capped wider gains in risk assets. Analysts now expect market focus to move to the U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary policy. Markets are expecting a fourth rate hike at its Dec. 18-19 meeting. Gold has fallen about 10 percent from a peak in April as investors preferred the dollar as safe haven, with U.S.-China trade friction unfolding against a backdrop of higher U.S. interest rates.

METALS:-

London copper fell to close at $6,250/mt overnight after it climbed to a high of $6,328.5/mt. Despite an initial increase to a high of 50,370 yuan/mt, the SHFE 1902 contract fell into negative territory to close at 49,910 yuan/mt overnight. Copper prices are expected to stay at highs as a ceasefire in the US-China trade war, the Fed’s dovish tone and expected oil supply cuts prompt investors to shun safe-haven US currency and to turn to riskier assets. LME copper is likely to trade at $6,230-6,280/mt today with the SHFE 1902 contract at 49,800-50,250 yuan/mt. Spot premiums are seen at 100-200 yuan/mt. London nickel fluctuated to close at $11,195/mt overnight. The SHFE 1901 contract regained some losses to end at 91,500 yuan/mt after it fell to a low of 91,080 yuan/mt. Weak domestic fundamentals could provide SHFE nickel with limited upward momentum. We expect LME nickel to hover around $11,200/mt today with the SHFE 1901 contract at 91,000-92,500 yuan/mt. Spot prices are seen at 91,500-100,500 yuan/mt.

ENERGY:-


Oil prices rose on Tuesday, extending strong gains from the previous day amid expected OPEC-led supply cuts and a mandated reduction in Canadian output. The 90-day truce in the trade dispute between the United States and China was also still supporting markets, traders said. Both crude benchmarks climbed by around 4 percent the previous session after Washington and Beijing agreed a truce in their trade disputes and said they would negotiate for 90 days before taking any further action. Middle East dominated Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will on Dec. 6 meet at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, to agree a joint output policy. "A cut in OPEC and Russia production of 1.3 million barrels per day (bpd) will be required to reverse the ongoing counter-seasonally large increase in inventories," the bank said. It added that it expected a joint effort by OPEC and Russia to withhold supply to push Brent oil prices "above the mid-$60 per barrel level".


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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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Monday, 26 November 2018


BULLION:-

Gold prices inched lower on Tuesday as the dollar steadied amid fears of a slowdown in global economic growth and increasing pessimism due to a likely worsening of U.S-China trade dispute ahead of the G20 meet. Asian shares battled to extend a global rebound on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump seemed to quash hopes of a trade truce with China, dampening risk appetite across the region Trump said on Monday he expected to move ahead with raising tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports to 25 percent from the current 10 percent and repeated his threat to slap tariffs on all remaining imports from China. Prime Minister Theresa May warned on Monday that Britain would be thrust into the unknown if parliament rejects the Brexit deal she has negotiated with the European Union, as lawmakers from all sides lined up to criticize the agreement. The euro zone has lost some growth momentum but this was mostly normal and not enough to derail plans by the European Central Bank to dial back stimulus further, ECB President Mario Draghi and two of his top lieutenants said on Monday.

METALS:-

London copper received support at the 20- and 60-day moving averages, after it tested support at $6,155/mt several times overnight as the US dollar strengthened. It settled 0.07% higher on the day and may trade at $6,160-6,210/mt today. The SHFE 1901 contract rallied from a low of 48,650 yuan/mt, but failed to stand above the Bollinger middle band. It closed at 49,290 yuan/mt, with open interests up 7,934 lots to 527,000 lots. A technical rebound is expected in the contract in the short run. It will trade at 48,900-49,400 yuan/mt today, with spot premiums firm at 60-130 yuan/mt. A buoyant mood ahead of this week's G-20 summit in Argentina bolstered LME nickel and the SHFE 1901 contract on the day. A stronger US dollar on expectations of further interest rate hikes limited the increase. We expect LME nickel to hover weakly around $10,850/mt, with the 1901 contract trading at 88,000-90,000 yuan/mt today. Spot prices are seen at 89,000-100,000 yuan/mt today.

ENERGY:-

Oil markets were trading cautiously on Tuesday, with mixed signals coming from top exporter Saudi Arabia ahead of an OPEC meeting in Austria next week. Saudi Arabia raised oil production to an all-time high in November, an industry source said on Monday, pumping 11.1 million to 11.3 million barrels per day (bpd) during the month. Prices have lost almost a third of their value since early October, weighed down by an emerging supply overhang and widespread financial market weakness is on a slippery slope," said Norbert Ruecker, head of commodity research at Swiss bank Julius Baer. Ruecker said the weak sentiment "follows a surprisingly swift and pronounced change in the market mood from shortage fears to glut concerns," while the world economy was also slowing down. Traders said they were awaiting the outcome of the Group of 20 (G20) meeting in Buenos Aires and also the result of a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).


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Thursday, 22 November 2018


BULLION:-

Gold (futures on Comex) found buyers in Asia once again near the 1227 level, now heading back towards the two-week tops of 1229.70 reached a day before. The yellow metal remains on the front foot so far this Friday, as the US dollar extends its softness across the board into a third straight session, as markets remain wary over the Fed’s rate hike outlook amid mounting concerns about a potential global slowdown. The US dollar index trades weaker near 96.50 level, looking to test Thursday’s low at 96.32. Moreover, gold prices derive support from the mixed tone seen on the Asian equities, as the Chinese stocks get sold-off into looming US-China trade concerns and Chinese growth concerns. However, it remains to be seen if the bullion can sustain the upbeat momentum, as positive Treasury yields combined with sowing volumes could limit further upside.

METALS:-

Rising longs buoyed prices of LME copper and the SHFE contracts on a softened US dollar. LME copper rose above the five-day moving average and closed at the highest overnight at $6,267/mt. The SHFE 1901 contract ended three consecutive trading days of decline as it closed at 49,660 yuan/mt after rising to a high of 49,680 yuan/mt. We expect it to trade at 49,400-49,800 yuan/mt today with LME copper trading at $6,220-6,270/mt. Tight supplies in domestic market will keep spot premiums at 50-120 yuan/mt. Macro pessimism continued to lower LME nickel and the SHFE 1901 contract overnight, by 0.63% and 1.14%, respectively. Weak fundamentals failed to provide the contract effective support at the 90,000 yuan/mt level. We expect LME nickel to hover weakly around $10,900/mt, with the 1901 contract trading at 89,500-91,000 yuan/mt today. Spot prices are seen at 90,000-101,500 yuan/mt today.

ENERGY:-


Oil prices renewed their fall on Friday, pressured by concerns that producers are churning out more oil than the world needs amid a bleak economic outlook. The divergence between U.S. and international crude comes as surging North American supply is clogging the system and depressing prices there, while global markets are somewhat tighter - in part because of reduced exports from Iran due to newly imposed U.S. sanctions. However, global oil supply has surged this year, with the top-three producers of the United States, Russia and Saudi Arabia pumping out more than a third of global consumption, which stands around 100 million barrels per day (bpd). High production comes as the demand outlook weakens on the back of a global economic slowdown. prices have plunged by around 30 percent since their last peaks in early October, as global production started to exceed consumption in the fourth quarter of this year, ending a period of undersupply that started in the first quarter of 2017, according to data in Refinitiv Eikon.


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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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BULLION:-
Gold prices rose on Friday as investors sought safe haven assets amid fears of a chaotic departure for Britain from the European Union. Spot gold was up 0.2 percent at $1,214.77 per ounce at the time of writing, while U.S. gold futures rose 0.1 percent to $1,215.6 per ounce. The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, inched up about 0.1 percent. Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to fight for her draft divorce deal with the EU on Thursday after the resignation of her Brexit secretary and other ministers put her strategy and her job in peril. A “really strong” U.S. economy is likely to continue growing, but softness in housing and high levels of corporate debt have caught the Federal Reserve’s eye, Chairman Jerome Powell said on Wednesday. U.S. retail sales rebounded sharply in October as purchases of motor vehicles and building materials surged, but data for the prior two months was revised lower and the underlying trend suggested that consumer spending was probably slowing down. China’s written response to U.S. demands for trade reforms is unlikely to trigger a breakthrough at talks between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping later this month, a senior Trump administration official told Reuters on Thursday. 

METALS:-
Shanghai zinc jumped more than 2.5 percent to the highest in more than two weeks on Thursday amid sliding stockpiles in London and signs that China may be taking steps to de-escalate its trade dispute with the United States. China has delivered a written response to U.S. demands for wide-ranging trade reforms ahead of expected talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Argentina later this month. The most-traded January zinc contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange rose as much as 3.3 percent to 21,645 yuan a tonne; it’s loftiest since Oct. 30. LME zinc stocks fell to a decade-low of 125,400 tonnes, data showed, while on-warrant or available stocks hit their lowest since February. The global zinc market deficit narrowed to 54,700 tonnes in September from a revised deficit of 81,800 tonnes in August, data from the International Lead and Zinc Study Group showed on Wednesday. Chinese copper smelter Jiangxi Copper and miner Antofagasta have agreed 2019 copper treatment and refining charges (TC/RCs) at $80.80 a tonne and 8.08 cents a pound, three sources familiar with the matter said. Chile’s state copper agency Cochilco lowered its average copper price prediction for this year by $0.03 to $2.97 per pound on Thursday in its second negative projection in six months.

ENERGY:-
Volatile natural gas plummeted 18 percent on Thursday, reversing nearly all of Wednesday’s sharp gains, after U.S. inventories showed a slight increase in supply. Selling was already underway even before the report from the Energy Information Administration showed natural gas supplies rose by 39 billion cubic feet. Total gas in storage now stands at 3.247 trillion cubic feet, but is still 15 percent below the 5-year average and 14 percent below last year. Gas supply is at a 15-year low for this time of year; at the same time, cold weather has driven strong early heating demand. Natural gas prices surged more than 18 percent Wednesday, as panicky buyers reacted to new weather reports showing a colder forecast amid concerns the U.S. has too little gas in storage. Futures were trading at about $3.98 per mmbtu on Thursday, after reaching $4.83 the day earlier. Wednesday’s move higher set the stage for the big decline, as analysts said much of the buying appeared to be traders who were caught on the wrong side of the trade and forced to react to a short squeeze. Natural gas is still 30 percent higher in November, and more cold forecasts could send it higher again. 


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Thursday, 1 November 2018


BULLION:-

Gold prices were steady in early Asian trade on Friday, after rising about 1.5 percent in the previous session, while the dollar inched up ahead of the U.S. payrolls data due later in the day. According to a Reuters survey of economists, nonfarm payrolls probably rebounded by 190,000 jobs in October after Florence depressed restaurant and retail payrolls in September. U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping both expressed optimism on Thursday about resolving their bitter trade disputes ahead of a high-stakes meeting planned for the two leaders at the end of November in Argentina. Trump increased economic pressure on Venezuela's leftist President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday with new sanctions aimed at disrupting the South American country's gold exports.

METALS:-

LME copper closed near day-highs of $6,143/mt overnight as the US dollar index came off from multi-month highs on weak-than-expected economic data and a rebound in the pound. SHFE copper also closed near session-highs overnight, which returned it to the 60-day moving average. In the physical market, cash flow issues prompted sellers to offload cargoes while spot premiums rose from previous declines in prices of futures. Trades improved as traders purchased on demand. LME copper is likely to trade at $6,040-6,130/mt with SHFE copper at 49,880-49,400 yuan/mt. Spot premiums are seen up to 50 yuan/mt. London Nickel was the best performer among LME and SHFE base metals overnight. LME nickel is likely to hover around $11,700/mt today with the SHFE 1901 contract at 96,500-98,500 yuan/mt. Spot prices are seen at 97,500-106,000 yuan/mt.

ENERGY:-

Oil prices fell on Friday as surging output by the world's three largest producers outweighed supply concerns from the start of U.S. sanctions next week against Iran's petroleum exports. Crude oil prices took a severe hit as investors were unnerved on rising global inventories and record high output in 2018," said Benjamin Lu of brokerage Phillip Futures. Brent has fallen by over 12 percent since the beginning of October, while WTI has lost more than 13 percent in value. The downward pressure on oil is also visible in the physical market, where top exporter Saudi Arabia is expected to cut crude prices for December cargoes amid higher supply and a glut in refined products that has eroded refinery profits. Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) boosted oil production in October to 33.31 million barrels per day (bpd), a Reuters survey found this week.



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