There Gold prices inched higher early on Tuesday, hovering near a 2-1/2 month high hit in the previous session, as risk averse investors sought a safe haven amid rising political tensions and economic uncertainty. Spot gold was up 0.1 per cent at $1,227.76 an ounce at 0114 GMT. On Monday, it touched a peak of $1,233.26, the highest since July 26.
London copper closed near its day lows at $6,253/mt on Monday as longs booked profits after the contract climbed to an intraday high of $6,342/mt. With bearish sentiment from weakness in the equity markets, longs booked profits after the SHFE 1811 contract crept to a high of 50,960 yuan/mt and hovered around the daily moving average. This dragged the contract down to close at a low of 50,480 yuan/mt overnight. Pessimistic sentiment, triggered by the equity rout, lingered and this slowed the growth in copper prices.
Oil prices rose on Tuesday on signs Iranian oil exports this month have fallen from September ahead of U.S. sanctions against Tehran that are set to start in November. Iran has exported 1.33 million barrels per day (bpd) to countries including India, China and Turkey in the first two weeks of October, according to Refinitiv Eikon data. That was down from 1.6 million bpd in September, the data showed. October exports are a sharp drop from the 2.5 million bpd exported in April before U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from a multi-lateral nuclear deal with Iran in May and ordered the re-imposition of economic sanctions on the country, the third-largest producer among the members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
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