COMEX GOLD SIGNAL
INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS
- Gold edged higher for the second consecutive session on Thursday and is currently placed at the top end of its weekly trading range, around the $1227-28 region. The Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s comments that rates are just below the neutral level now triggered a broad-based US Dollar weakness and prompted some short-covering trade around the dollar denominated commodity.
- Global temperatures are on course for a 3-5 degrees Celsius (5.4-9.0 degrees Fahrenheit) rise this century, far overshooting a global target of limiting the increase to 2C (3.6F) or less, the U.N. World Meteorological Organization said on Thursday. “Greenhouse gas concentrations are once again at record levels and if the current trend continues we may see temperature increases 3-5 degrees C by the end of the century,” Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said in the WMO’s annual statement on the state of the climate.
- Oil prices erased an earlier decline that took U.S. crude below $50 for the first time in more than a year and jumped on reports that Russia recognized the need for major producers to cut production. New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose 98 cents, or 1.98%, at $51.27 a barrel by 9:35 AM ET (14:35 GMT). Meanwhile, Brent crude futures, the benchmark for oil prices outside the U.S., traded up 71 cents, or 1.20%, to $59.80.
- U.S. stocks opened lower on Thursday as investors took a cautious stance in the run up to U.S.-China trade talks at the upcoming G20 Summit after President Donald Trump said there was “a long way to go” on tariffs with Beijing. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) fell 22.78 points, or 0.09 percent, at the open to 25,343.65. The S&P 500 (SPX) opened lower by 6.82 points, or 0.25 percent, at 2,736.97. The Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) dropped 24.22 points, or 0.33 percent, to 7,267.37 at the opening bell.
- The euro zone bank sector is prepared for a hard Brexit and the Bank of England is right to warn of a deep recession if Britain leaves the bloc without a deal, European Central Bank Vice President Luis de Guindos said on Thursday. The BoE said on Wednesday that the British economy could shrink by as much as 8 percent in about a year in case of a no-deal Brexit, adding to pressure on lawmakers to drop their opposition to the Brexit agreement that Prime Minister Theresa May struck.
- China is hoping for “positive results” in resolving a trade dispute with the United States at a G20 summit in Argentina, the commerce ministry said on Thursday, ahead of a closely watched meeting of Chinese and U.S. leaders. U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are due to hold trade discussions on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires on Saturday