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.
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.
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.
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