BULLION – Bullion counter may remain on sideways path amid lot of volatility. Gold prices inched up on Wednesday as markets eyed ongoing political and trade turbulence, even as a U.S. decision to delay tariffs on some Chinese goods boosted risk appetite. On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump backed off his Sept. 1 deadline for 10% tariffs on some Chinese imports, boosting equity markets . Protests in Hong Kong, uncertainty about Brexit, and the sustained Sino-U.S. trade war still trouble markets. Investors are focused on the Federal Reserve’s annual symposium next week. Traders see a 91.2% chance of a 25 basis-point rate cut by the Fed this September. The 10-year U.S. Treasury note climbed 6 basis points overnight, pushing away from a three year low touched a week ago.
ENERGY- Crude oil may trade with negative path as oil prices fell on Wednesday after industry data showed U.S. crude inventories unexpectedly rose last week, erasing some gains from the last session that were stoked after Washington said it would delay tariffs on some Chinese goods. The move by U.S. President Donald Trump sent commodities, stocks and other assets higher because of optimism the effects of the trade war, already being felt in economies across the world, will be blunted. Oil prices surged by as much as nearly 5 percent. China’s July crude oil throughput rose 4% from a year earlier, official data showed on Wednesday, buoyed by improved refinery profit-margins and as new plants started production. Markets had been pummelled in recent weeks amid tough talk from Trump on trade and they remain on tenterhooks due to the unpredictably of the U.S. president. U.S. natural gas futures rose on Tuesday on forecasts for greater heat and cooling demand next week than previously expected despite an increase in output to a record high.
BASE METAL – Base metals may trade on sideways path. China reported a raft of unexpectedly weak July data on Wednesday, including a surprise drop in industrial output growth to a more than 17-year low, underlining widening economic cracks as the trade war with the United States intensifies. London copper fell on Wednesday, as copper exports from some of Peru’s top mines resumed after weeks of protests that soothed supply concerns. Copper exports from Peru’s port of Matarani have resumed after anti-mining protests that had blocked key infrastructure in the country’s southern copper belt eased over the weekend, a spokeswoman for the port operator said. The London Metal Exchange (LME) lead market was roiled in early June by news of an unplanned outage at the Port Pirie lead smelter in Australia. It’s just been upended again by a second shutdown of the plant, which is operated by Nyrstar, the Belgian company that had to be rescued from potential insolvency by trade house Trafigura. Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo will make the final decision on whether the country brings forward an export ban on mineral ore that is currently due to come into force in 2022, the minister in charge of mining said on Tuesday.
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