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Tuesday, 11 December 2018


BULLION:-

Gold prices were steady early on Wednesday, supported by expectations of fewer rate hikes by the U.S. Federal Reserve next year, while palladium traded at a premium to gold. The dollar held near a one-month high against its peers on Wednesday, supported by a rebound in U.S. yields and weakness of the pound as its battering from uncertainty about Brexit continued. Asian stock markets edged ahead as U.S. President Donald trump sounded upbeat about a trade deal with China. China has agreed to cut tariffs on U.S.-built cars and auto parts to 15 percent from the current 40 percent, a Trump administration official said on Tuesday, setting the stage for new talks aimed at easing the bitter trade war between the world's two largest economies. U.S. producer prices unexpectedly rose in November as increases in the costs for services offset a sharp decline for energy products, but the overall momentum in wholesale inflation appears to be slowing. An attempt to oust British Prime Minister Theresa May gathered pace on Tuesday, a day after her decision to delay a vote in parliament on her Brexit deal for fear of a rout angered many in her Conservative Party. One of the International Monetary Fund's top officials warned on Tuesday that storm clouds were gathering over the global economy and that governments and central banks might not be well-equipped to cope.

METALS:-

Short-covering pushed LME copper to the day’s highs of $6,194.5/mt on tuesday. The contract relinquished some gains to close at $6,146/mt as the US dollar gained. The SHFE 1902 contract climbed to a high of 49,370 yuan/mt overnight after a higher open. It came off to close at 49,240 yuan/mt. We expect upward momentum in copper prices to wane today. LME copper is expected to trade at $6,120-6,170/mt with the SHFE 1902 contract at 49,000-49,400 yuan/mt. Spot premiums are seen at 80-220 yuan/mt. As the US dollar surged, LME nickel tumbled to close lower at $10,745/mt overnight, down from the day’s highs of $10,945/mt. The rebound in the dollar also weighed the SHFE 1905 contract overnight. The contract came off from a high of 89,940 yuan/mt to fall into the red, ending at 88,830 yuan/mt. LME nickel is expected to hover around $10,800/mt today with the SHFE 1905 contract at 88,500-90,000 yuan/mt. Spot prices are seen at 89,000-96,500 yuan/mt.

ENERGY:-

Oil prices climbed by more than 1 percent on Wednesday, lifted by expectations that an OPEC-led supply cut announced last week for 2019 would stabilise markets as well as hopes that long-running Sino-American trade tensions could ease. Disruptions to Libyan oil exports after local militia seized the country's biggest oil field, El Sharara, were also buoying prices, traders said. The higher prices came amid a broader increase in Asian stock markets after U.S. President Donald Trump told Reuters in an interview that trade talks with China were taking place to defuse the trade disputes between the world's two biggest economies. To oil markets was a decision by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and some non-OPEC producers including Russia last week to cut supply by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd). Crude prices had lost a third of their value between early October and the announcement of the cuts.


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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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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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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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Thursday, 29 November 2018


Bullion:-

Gold prices were flat early on Friday as the dollar steadied ahead of the G20 meet in Argentina this weekend, where US and Chinese leaders are scheduled to discuss trade matters after months of tensions. Spot gold was flat at $1,223.77 per ounce at 0126 GMT. Prices had hit a one-week high of $1,228.96 per ounce on Thursday. US gold futures were down 0.2 per cent at $1,221.6 per ounce. Palladium was up about 0.2 per cent at $1,183.20 per ounce after hitting a record high of $1,190 earlier in the session. The metal was on track to mark its best month since December 2017. US trade restrictions have hit a total of $369 billion of Chinese exports this year, much higher than the $278 billion of goods impacted by tariffs alone, a regular monitoring report of G20 trade restrictions said on Thursday. 

Metals:-

The SHFE 1902 contract came off after it rose twice above the daily moving average as the market remained cautious ahead of the G20 meeting on Friday and Saturday. It closed at 49,530 yuan/mt, with open interests losing 3,242 lots. LME copper unsuccessfully tested support at the daily moving average as longs exited the market. With support at the 40-day moving average, it is expected to trade at $6,200-6,240/mt, with its SHFE counterpart at 49,400-49,800 yuan/mt. Spot premiums are seen firm at 90-150 yuan/mt on the last trading day for products with a November invoice. The SHFE nickel 1901 contract led increases among base metals, closing 1.47% higher overnight, with its LME counterpart rising 1.33%, even as the US dollar recovered. We expect LME nickel to hover around $10,900 /mt, with the contract trading at 89,000-91,000 yuan/mt today. Spot prices are seen at 90,000-100,000 yuan/mt today.

Energy:-

Oil prices firmed on Friday on expectations that OPEC and Russia will agree some form of production cuts next week, although swelling U.S. supplies kept markets in check. Despite the firmer prices, crude oil has lost almost a third in value since early October because of an emerging supply glut following a global surge in production, including from the United States, Russia and by the Middle East-dominated Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). To rein in the glut, OPEC and its main partner Russia are moving closer to an agreement around further production cuts. Bank said on Friday that oil prices were rebounding "as signs that OPEC+ was moving closer to an agreement around further production cuts." The producer group plus non-OPEC member Russia will gather on Dec. 6 and 7 in Vienna to discuss output policy. Before that, the world's top three producers - the United States, Russia and Saudi Arabia - will be part of a meeting of the Group of 20 industrialized nations in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this weekend.



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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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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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Monday, 12 November 2018


BULLION:-

COMEX gold futures steadied near multi week lows on Tuesday which were made during previous session. Monday session was the third straight day of losses for the yellow metal, which has lost about $20, or 1.5% since its last positive settlement on Nov 7. In Monday's session, worries over Brexit negotiations dealt a fresh blow to the sterling, pushing up the greenback, which is a contrarian bet to the dollar. The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.7%. Monday's bottom and settlement also left the December contract with a precariously small buffer to protect the $1,200 support, which had been the market's bedrock since September. The dollar rallied last week after strong U.S. producer price index data on Friday became an endorsement for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates again in December. The Fed has already hiked rates three times this year and is determined to stay ahead of the inflationary curve with more increases in 2019 after the robust growth seen lately in the US economy.  
METALS:-

Nickel on Tuesday stays near its 11-month lows on worries about stainless steel. Increasing nickel pig iron production and rising Shanghai nickel inventory also pointed to further nickel weakness in the short term, said analyst Helen Lau of Argonaut Securities. The dollar climbed to a 16- month high as investors positioned for a U.S. interest rate rise next month and concern about political risks in Europe put pressure on the euro and the pound. A stronger U.S. currency makes dollar-denominated metals more expensive for buyers paying in other currencies. Shanghai rebar steel prices tumbled nearly 4 percent to the lowest since late July, pressured by worries over slowing demand in top consumer China over the seasonally weak winter period. That weighed on zinc, mainly used in galvanised steel, with the LME price down 1.9 percent at $2,474.50 a tonne. LME on warrant aluminium stocks , those not earmarked for delivery, rose 5,550 tonnes to 745,750, data showed on Monday. They have climbed 22 percent over the past month.  

ENERGY:-


WTI oil prices fell by more than 1 percent on Tuesday, with Brent crude sliding below $70 and WTI below $60 per barrel, after U.S. President Donald Trump put pressure on OPEC not to cut supply to prop up the market. Both oil price benchmarks have shed more than 20 percent in value since early October. Sky-high production in the U.S., coupled with incremental barrels coming from Saudi Arabia and Russia is starting to impact oil market balances. As such, crude oil inventories are starting to increase once again. US crude oil production , already at a record 11.6 million barrels per day (bpd), to break through 12 million bpd in 2019, making the United States "energy independent". op crude exporter Saudi Arabia has watched with alarm how supply is starting to outpace consumption, fearing a repeat of 2014's price crash. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed there was a need to cut oil supply next year by around 1 million bpd from October levels to prevent oversupply. U.S. President Donald Trump, however, did not like the rhetoric coming from his political ally in Saudi Arabia. "Hopefully, Saudi Arabia and OPEC will not be cutting oil production. Oil prices should be much lower based on supply!" Trump said in a Twitter post on Monday.  


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Monday, 5 November 2018


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Gold prices were steady in early Asian trade on Monday as the dollar eased, while investors are tuned in to the U.S. congressional elections on Tuesday. Spot gold was steady at $1,232.86 per ounce, at the time of writing. U.S. gold future was up 0.1 percent at $1,234.6 per ounce. The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, was down 0.1 percent. Investors are now focused on the U.S.congressional elections on Nov. 6, which will determine whether the Republican or Democratic party controls Congress, with some predicting increased market volatility on the outcome. U.S. job growth rebounded sharply in October and wages recorded their largest annual gain in 9-1/2 years, pointing to further labor market tightening that could encourage the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates again in December. British Prime Minister Theresa May's office has dismissed as "speculation" a newspaper report that suggests an all-UK customs deal will be written into the legally binding agreement governing Britain's withdrawal from the EU. SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.23 percent to 759.06 tonnes on Friday from 760.82 tonnes on Thursday. Hedge funds and money managers raised their net short position in gold by 18,723 contracts to 45,622 contracts, according to U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data on Friday. This was the highest in three weeks.

ENERGY:-

Oil prices dipped on Monday as the start to U.S. sanctions against Iran's fuel exports was softened by waivers that will allow some countries to still import Iranian crude, at least temporarily. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 27 cents, or 0.4 percent, at $62.87 a barrel. Brent has lost more than 16 percent in value since early October, while WTI has declined by more than 18 percent since then. Prices have been coming under pressure since it became clear that Washington was allowing several countries to continue importing crude from Iran despite the sanctions, which officially started on Monday. The United States said on Friday it will temporarily allow eight importers to keep buying Iranian oil when it re-imposes sanctions, aimed at forcing Iran to curb its nuclear, missile and regional activities. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who announced the decision, did not name the eight, which he referred to as "jurisdictions," a term that might include importers such as Taiwan which the United States does not regard as a country. China, India, South Korea, Turkey, Italy, the United Arab Emirates and Japan have been the top importers of Iran's oil, while Taiwan occasionally buys cargoes of Iranian crude but is not a major buyer. Oil markets have already adjusted to the Iran sanctions, gradually dialing back imports in preparations.

 BASE METAL:- 

London copper took a breather on Monday after hitting a two-week peak in the previous session following comments by the U.S. president that the United States may be approaching a trade deal with China. London Metal Exchange copper slipped by half a percent to $6,253 a tonne at the time of writing, paring 3.2 percent gains on Friday when prices reached the highest in two weeks at $6,315 a tonne. Copper has traded in a $5,950-$6,400 range since late September as worries of an escalating trade war have overshadowed signs of a burgeoning shortage of the metal. Shanghai Futures Exchange copper narrowed earlier gains and were up 1.2 percent at 49,970 yuan ($7,235.42) a tonne. Other LME metals weremore or less flat except for volatile nickel that shed 1.1 percent, erasing Friday's gains. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he will likely make a deal with China on trade, adding that a lot of progress has been made to resolve the two countries' differences but warned that he still may impose more tariffs on Chinese goods.


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