INTERNATIONAL COMMODITY NEWS :
• Gold prices gained in Asia on Thursday as the dollar lost ground on expectations for continued low rates in the U.S. even after the Federal Reserve ends its asset-purchase program. On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold futures for August delivery traded at $1,327.70 a troy ounce, up 0.26%, after hitting an overnight session low of $1,318.90 and off a high of $1,328.30.
• Silver for September delivery was up 0.37% at $21.145 a troy ounce. Copper futures for September delivery were down 0.05% at $3.252 a pound.
• Crude oil prices fell in Asia on Thursday as ample global supplies outweighed a sharper that expected drop in U.S. crude stocks. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate crude oil for delivery in August traded at $101.87 a barrel, down 0.42%, after hitting an overnight session low of $102.11 a barrel and a high of $103.59 a barrel.
• Brent oil prices fell 66 cents to $108.28 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe exchange.
• Natural gas futures came off session lows in Wednesday trading as investors weighed below-normal temperatures across the eastern U.S. and uncertainty over Thursday’s weekly supply report. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, natural gas futures for delivery in August traded at $4.215 per million British thermal units during U.S. trading, up 0.26%. The commodity hit a session high of $4.229 and a low of $4.168. The August contract settled down 0.50% on Tuesday to end at $4.204 per million British thermal units.
• Fund activity helped to push metal prices higher during Tuesday morning pre-market sessions, with CTA buying propelling nickel, aluminium and zinc, while copper also resumed it’s increase. The copper price at $7,175 was up $19.50 on the previous day’s close, while stocks were down a net 1,300 tonnes to 158,050 tonnes and cancelled warrants fell 1,925 tonnes to 31,075 tonnes. The zinc price remains strong – it last traded at $2,279, an increase of $16 and the highest since August 2011 as it finds ongoing support from fund activity. The lead price at $2,198 was up $6 – although it had earlier peaked at $2,203 – stocks were unchanged again. Tin at $22,674 was down $1, as stocks were up 25 tonnes to 11,850 tonnes. Nickel prices continue to find support from the Indonesian export ban uncertainty. The Indonesian government is set to hold presidential elections tomorrow, which will have ramifications for the ban on ore exports. Last at $19,531 it was up $221 and stocks fell 114 tonnes to 305,280 tonnes.
TRADING STRATEGY :
PLATINUM-COMEX has closed @ 1500.75. If it sustain above the level of 1510, it can touch the level of 1518 & 1529 respectively. If it breaks the level of 1493, it can touch the level of 1485, 1474 respectively.
- BUY PLATINUM-COMEX ABOVE 1510 TGTS 1518, 1529 SL 1500.
- SELL PLATINUM-COMEX BELOW 1493 TGTS 1485, 1474 SL 1503.