• Gold prices rebounded in Asia on Wednesday with China in focus as the HSBC April flash Performance of Manufacturing Index suggested China’s manufacturing sector is on track to record a fifth straight month of contraction, though there was a slight increase from March. On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold futures for June delivery traded at $1,284.80 a troy ounce up 0.29%, after hitting an overnight session low of $1,277.60 and off a high of $1,292.70.
• Silver for May delivery was up 0.48% at US$19.453 a troy ounce, while copper futures for May delivery rose 0.03% at US$3.059 a pound.
• Crude oil prices rebounded in Asia on Wednesday after industry data pointed to a mixed stocks picture on U.S. supplies. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate crude oil for delivery in June traded at $101.93 a barrel, up 0.18%, after hitting an overnight session low of $101.51 a barrel and a high of $103.66 a barrel.
• Brent crude on the ICE futures exchange fell 68 cents, or 0.6%, to $109.27 a barrel on Tuesday.
• Natural gas prices posted modest gains on Tuesday after updated weather-forecasting models called for below-normal temperatures across portions of the central and eastern U.S. in the coming week. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, natural gas futures for delivery in June traded at $4.738 per million British thermal units during U.S. trading, up 0.49%. The commodity hit session high of $4.760 and a low of $4.696. The June contract settled down 0.82% on Monday to end at $4.715 per million British thermal units.
• Base metals jostled for position during Tuesday LME premarket trading, awaiting direction and incentives following its reopening after the four-day Easter holiday. In the metals, copper neared $6,600 per tonne at one stage, holding at $6,615, down $34 on Thursday’s close. Warehouse stocks fell a net 375 tonnes to 241,925 tonnes, the lowest since November 2012.Nickel regained the $18,000 level after last week’s brief correction, touching $18,275, its best since February 2013. It then settled at $18,250, up $325. Warehouse stocks saw a 282-tonne increase to 277,716 tonnes. Aluminium at $1,879 was $14 higher but stocks climbed 4,475 tonnes to 5,320,050 tonnes. Zinc at $2,072 was up $11.50 – inventories fell 3,100 tonnes to 798,400 tonnes, the lowest since the end of March. Lead touched $2,160, the highest since March 5, before holding at $2,156, up $14- inventories were down 1,675 tonnes at 198,725 tonnes. Tin was unchanged at $23,405, with inventories also static at 9,515 tonnes.
WTI-CRUDEOIL-NYMEX has closed @ 101.87. If it breaks the level of 101.48, it can touch the level of 100.98 & 100.26 respectively. If it sustain above the level of 102.26, it can touch the level of 102.76 & 103.55 respectively.
SELL WTI-CRUDEOIL-NYMEX BELOW 101.48 TGTS 100.98, 10.26 SL 102.18.
BUY WTI-CRUDEOIL-NYMEX ABOVE 102.26 TGTS 102.76, 103.55 SL 101.56