BULLION – Bullion counter may trade on flat to negative note Gold prices eased on Wednesday, remaining near a four-month low touched in the previous session as the dollar strengthened and Asian shares rose after the Nasdaq and S&P 500 indexes marked record closing highs. The dollar hovered near a 22-month peak against its peers on Wednesday, after strong U.S. housing data further eased concerns of a slowdown in the world biggest economy. Sales of new U.S. single-family homes rose to a near 1-1/2-year high in March, boosted by lower mortgage rates and house prices. After China economy defied expectations that it would slow further in January-March, U.S. growth is expected to be 2.1 percent in the same period, although the range of analyst estimates was wider than usual at 1.0 to 2.9 percent. SPDR Gold Trust, the world largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.27 percent to 749.63 tonnes on Tuesday from 751.68 tonnes on Monday.
ENERGY- Crude oil may witness some profit booking at higher levels as oil prices inched lower on Wednesday on signs that global markets remain adequately supplied despite a jump to 2019 highs this week on Washington push for tighter sanctions against Iran. Crude futures rose to 2019 highs earlier in the week after the United States said on Monday it would end all exemptions for sanctions against Iran, demanding countries halt oil imports from Tehran from May or face punitive action from Washington. The International Energy Agency (IEA), a watchdog for oil consuming countries, said in a statement on Tuesday that markets are adequately supplied and that global spare production capacity remains at comfortable levels. The biggest source of new oil supply comes from the United States, where crude oil production EIA has already risen by more than 2 million barrels per day (bpd) since early 2018 to a record of more than 12 million bpd early this year, making America the world biggest oil producer ahead of Russia and Saudi Arabia. U.S. natural gas futures dipped on Tuesday to their lowest level in nearly three years as higher production and a drop in demand weighed on prices.
BASE METAL – Base metals prices may trade with sideways to positive bias. Most industrial metals on the London Metal Exchange rose on Wednesday, after a top White House economic adviser said the United States and China were making progress in trade talks. The global world refined copper market showed an 8,000 tonne deficit in January, compared with an 11,000 tonne surplus in December, the International Copper Study Group (ICSG) said in its latest monthly bulletin. Global primary aluminium output rose to 5.414 million tonnes in March from a revised 4.916 million tonnes in February, data from the International Aluminium Institute (IAI) showed on Tuesday.
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