INTERNATIONAL COMMODITY NEWS
• Gold prices gained in Asia on Friday driven by physical demand.On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold futures for June delivery traded at $1,289/80 a troy ounce, up 0.16%, after hitting an overnight session low of $1,285.70 and off a high of $1,295.50.
• Silver comex for July delivery was up 0.11% at $19.160 a troy ounce. Copper futures for July delivery were up 0.04% at $3.061 a pound.
• Crude oil prices were higher in Asia on Friday after China’s April CPI and PPI data. CPI rose 1.8% year-on-year. less than the 2.0% expected and PPI fell 2.0%, more than the drop of 1.9% expected. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate crude oil for delivery in June traded at $100.45 a barrel, up 0.18%, after hiitning an overnight session low of $99.88 a barrel and a high of $100.93 a barrel. The June contract settled up 1.28% at $100.77 a barrel on Wednesday.
• Brent crude on the ICE futures exchange fell 9 cents, or 0.1%, to $108.04 a barrel.
• Natural gas prices dropped on Wednesday after data revealed U.S. stockpiles rose more than expected last week. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, Natural gas futures for delivery in June traded at $4.606 per million British thermal units during U.S. trading, down 2.84%. The commodity hit session high of $4.755 and a low of $4.588. The June contract settled down 1.23% on Wednesday to end at $4.740 per million British thermal units.
• Base metals prices largely ignored positive data out of China in Thursday’s LME premarket, holding in recent ranges and generally drifting lower. The copper price at $6,663 per tonne was up $8 on Wednesday’s close, while volumes have been soft – around 4,600 lots have changed hands so far. Stocks and cancelled warrants both fell a net 3,925 tonnes to 213,025 tonnes and 98,825 tonnes respectively. Nickel activity surged on news that Vale has suspended production at its 40,000-tonne-per-year Goro nickel processing plant and mine in New Caledonia, spiking to its highest since the week of February 27, 2012 at $19,786. It settled back at $19,443, still up $793 or around four percent. Around 7,400 lots have traded so far, outpacing the rest of the complex.. The aluminium price at $1,763 was $6 lower although stocks declined 9,700 tonnes to 5,321,900 tonnes, while cancelled warrants at 2,907,775 tonnes were down 9,500 tonnes. Tin at $23,125 was up $25 – there was no changes in stocks but cancellations climbed 275 tonnes to 3,780 tonnes. The lead price was unchanged at $2,080 after stocks and cancelled warrants both declined 125 tonnes to 193,475 tonnes and 20,625 tonnes respectively. Zinc at $2,028 was $2.50 lower; stocks fell 1,250 tonnes to 762,500 tonnes.
NATURALGAS-NYMEX has closed @ 4.585. If it breaks the level of 4.542, it can touch the level of 4.502 & 4.449 respectively. If it sustain above the level of 4.673, it can touch the level of 4.713, 4.765 respectively.
•SELL NATURALGAS-NYMEX BELOW 4.542 TGTS 4.502, 4.449 SL 4.597.
•BUY NATURALGAS-NYMEX ABOVE 4.673 TGTS 4.713, 4.765 SL 4.618.