INTERNATIONAL COMMODITY NEWS
• Gold prices edged up in U.S. trading on Friday as Ukraine inched closer to civil war, which bolstered the yellow metal’s safe-haven appeal. On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold futures for June delivery traded at 1,287.80 a troy ounce during U.S. trading, up 0.01%, up from a session low of $1,285.60 and off a high of $1,294.50. The June contract settled down 0.09% at $1,287.70 on Thursday.
• Silver comex for July delivery was down 0.14% at $19.112 a troy ounce, while copper futures for July delivery were up 0.76% at $3.086 a pound.
• Crude futures edged lower on Friday as investors sold the commodity for profits after locking in gains on Ukraine tensions and jumped to the sidelines to await fresh news to steer prices higher or lower. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate crude oil for delivery in June traded at $99.90 a barrel during U.S. trading, down 0.36%. New York-traded oil futures hit a session low of $99.87 a barrel and a high of $101.15 a barrel. The June contract settled down 0.51% at $100.26 a barrel on Thursday.
• The ICE Futures Exchange in London, Brent oil futures for June delivery were down 0.29% and trading at US$107.82 a barrel, while the spread between the Brent and U.S. crude contracts stood at US$7.92 a barrel.
• Natural gas prices fell on Friday as investors avoided the commodity after data release earlier this week revealed that stockpiles rose more than expected last week. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, natural gas futures for delivery in June traded at $4.517 per million British thermal units during U.S. trading, down 1.21%. The commodity hit session high of $4.598 and a low of $4.514. The June contract settled down 3.54% on Thursday to end at $4.572 per million British thermal units.
• Base metals prices were mostly lower in Friday’s premarket, weighed down by weak Chinese data. The copper price edged $2 lower from Thursday’s close to $6,727 per tonne, ignoring a drop in inventories to their lowest since October 2008. Stocks fell a net 4,700 tones to just 208,325 tonnes due to drawdowns in Antwerp, Johor and New Orleans. Cancelled warrants were also lower, down 4,775 tonnes at 94,050 tonnes.The nickel price surged ahead, peaking at its highest since February 2012 at $20,500 before settling back at $20,070, still up $670 on the Goro shutdown news. Aluminium at $1,763 was $2 lower, with stocks down 8,600 tonnes at 5,313,300 tonnes and cancellations down 2,925 tonnes at 2,904,850 tonnes. The tin price declined $70 to $23,130 although stocks fell 200 tonnes to 9,505 tonnes. The lead price was unchanged at $2,095, with no change in stocks, and zinc ticked $1 lower to $2,032 – stocks and cancelled warrants were both down 1,325 tonnes at 761,175 tonnes and 127,050 tonnes respectively.
TRADING STRATEGY :
WTICRUDEOIL-NYMEX has closed @ 100.05. If it breaks the level of 99.87, it can touch the level of 99.37 & 98.69 respectively. If it sustain above the level of 100.47, it can touch the level of 100.97, 101.70 respectively.
•SELL WTICRUDEOIL-NYMEX BELOW 99.87 TGTS 99.37, 98.69 SL 100.52.
•BUY WTICRUDEOIL-NYMEX ABOVE 100.47 TGTS 100.97, 101.70 SL 99.82.