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INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS
- Gold prices were higher on Wednesday, as political uncertainty weighed on the U.S. dollar and investors looked ahead to meeting minutes from the Federal Reserve. Comex gold futures for December delivery rose 0.20% to a one-week high of $1,202.40 a troy ounce as of 10:25 AM ET (14:25 GMT). The minutes from the Fed’s latest policy meeting come out at 2:00 PM ET (18:00 GMT), which investors will look to for clues on future monetary policy.
- After a knee-jerk reaction to the downside, West Texas Intermediate oil held onto solid gains in North American trade on Wednesday, as weekly data showed that oil supplies in the U.S. registered a much larger-than-expected draw, although gasoline stockpiles unexpectedly increased and distillate inventories rose more than expected. Crude oil for October delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose $1.63, or 2.48%, to trade at $67.47 a barrel by 10:45 AM ET (15:45 GMT) compared to $67.27 ahead of the report.
- China’s copper producers and traders are riding an unexpected surge of business that has pushed physical prices to their highest in nearly two years as fabricators rush to buy refined metal to avoid import tariffs on scrap that kick in on Thursday. The buying spree took off after Beijing announced two weeks ago it would hit $16 billion worth of U.S. imports, including scrap metal, with duties of 25 percent from Aug.
- Agreement between Mexico and the United States on outstanding bilateral issues in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement could be just a few hours away, Mexican officials said on Wednesday. “We hope that we’ll have a solution in the next couple of hours, or the next couple of days,” Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo told reporters before entering the offices of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for NAFTA talks.
- Israel’s central bank on Wednesday criticized a government plan to sharply boost defense spending, saying it would come at the expense of civilian spending and probably increase the budget deficit and state’s debt burden. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told ministers last week that to meet expected threats in the coming decade, he intends to increase defense spending by 0.2 to 0.3 percent of gross domestic product under the “2030 Security Concept”.
- The natural state of a capitalist economy is expansion. Recessions occur when “something breaks” rather than an expansion simply dying of old age. Unfortunately, central banks have a history of pumping the brakes for too long and too hard when attempting to contain growth and inflation and are often the cause of a recession.