• Gold gained in Asia Friday in a rebound on physical buying, but in thin tradew with markets in major buyer China shut. On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, Gold futures for June delivery traded at $1,284.00 a troy ounce, up 0.05%, after hitting an overnight session low of $1,277.40 and off a high of $1,293.10. Overnight, gold prices edged lower after data revealed consumer spending and personal incomes rose more than expected in March a day after the Federal Reserve said it was cutting the size of its monthly bond-buying program, which has supported gold since 2012.
• Silver comex for July delivery was up 0.05% at US$19.053 a troy ounce, while copper futures for July delivery were up 0.05% at $3.027 a pound.
• Crude prices eased further in Asia on Friday on growing U.S. crude stockpiles and prospects for higher exports by Libya. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate Crude oil for delivery in June traded at $99.30 a barrel, down 0.12%, after hitting an
overnight session low of $98.76 a barrel and a high of $99.89 a barrel.
• Brent crude on the ICE futures exchange fell 31 cents, or 0.3%, to $107.76 a barrel on Thursday, the lowest settlement since April 11.
• Natural gas prices dropped on Thursday after data revealed U.S. inventories rose more than markets were expecting last week. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, natural gas futures for delivery in June traded at $4.710 per million British thermal units during U.S. trading, down 2.19%. The commodity hit session high of $4.821 and a low of $4.709. The June contract settled down 0.33% on Wednesday to end at $4.815 per million British thermal units.
• Base metals prices came under pressure in Thursday’s LME premarket, with all hitting multi-week lows in quiet trading conditions – just 5,800 lots of copper have changed hands on Select so far – with China and much of Western Europe absent for holidays. the copper price fell $27 from Wednesday’s close to $6,618 per tonne but has recovered from its session and April 16 low of $6,591. Stocks fell for the eighth consecutive day, down a net 2,325 tonnes 231,000 tonnes – the lowest since October 2012. The aluminium price at $1,785 was down $15 and at a one-month low after CTA selling on Wednesday. Stocks were 9,025 tonnes lower at 5,354,875 tonnes and cancelled warrants at 2,908,025 tonnes were down 9,425 tonnes. Nickel is back above $18,000 after dropping below this level on Wednesday. Inventories rose 3,030 tonnes to 279,876 tonnes due to arrivals in Rotterdam. The Zinc price was down $11 at $2,022 – stocks and cancelled warrants were both down 5,525 tonnes at 771,475 tonnes and 134,700 tonnes respectively. More than 2,800 lots have traded so far. Lead hit its lowest since April 9 at $2,077.25 and was last at $2,092, still down $14; stocks were unchanged. Tin at $22,940 was off its one-month low of $22,765 although stocks rose 185 tonnes to 9,540 tonnes and cancelled warrants declined 50 tonnes to 4,015 tonnes.
TRADING STRATEGY :-
NATURALGAS-NYMEX has closed @ 4.729. If it breaks the level of 4.700, it can touch the level of 4.660 & 4.611 respectively. If it sustain above the level of 4.782, it can touch the level of 4.822 & 4.875 respectively.
SELL NATURALGAS-NYMEX BELOW 4.700 TGTS 4.660, 4.611 SL 4.755.
BUY NATURALGAS-NYMEX ABOVE 4.782 TGTS 4.822, 4.875 SL 4.727