Gold prices edged higher to a more than five-month peak on Wednesday as a softer dollar supported the bullion while investors awaited cues on the rate hike trajectory of the U.S. central bank from its two-day policy meeting. Spot gold XAU= was up 0.1 percent at $1,250.20 per ounce, as of 0405 GMT, after hitting its highest since July 11 at $1,251.06 earlier in the session. “The market is largely in a holding pattern as everyone is focusing on the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) meeting… We see prices largely range-bound,” said Benjamin Lu, a commodities analyst with Phillip Futures in Singapore.
Following the slump in oil prices, both LME and SHFE copper tumbled overnight. LME copper fell past all short-term moving averages to end at $5,956/mt. As shorts aggressively added their bets, the SHFE 1902 contract saw losses accelerate in later trades of overnight and ended at 48,090 yuan/mt. We do not expect a substantial rebound in copper prices today. LME copper is likely to trade at $5,950-6,040/mt with the SHFE 1902 contract at 48,000-48,500 yuan/mt. Spot premiums are seen up to 80 yuan/mt. London nickel tumbled during later trades of Tuesday and closed at $10,840/mt.
Oil prices rebounded on Wednesday after falling for the past three sessions with worries about oversupply and a slowing global economy keeping markets under pressure though sentiment may be shifting as falling equity markets seemed to stabilize. WTI prices are holding as “traders look for some solace in U.S. equity markets as risk sentiment appears to be stabilizing,” said Stephen Innes, head of trading for Asia-Pacific at OANDA. “But we are far removed from any bullish flip in investor sentiment.” Further adding to the oversupply concerns, the American Petroleum Institute said on Tuesday U.S. crude stocks rose unexpectedly last week, while gasoline inventories increased. If the build in crude stockpiles is confirmed by U.S. government data Wednesday, it will be the first increase in three weeks.
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