INTERNATIONAL COMMODITY NEWS
• Gold prices gained in Asia on Tuesday, supported by events in the Ukraine in thin trade with markets in Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Indonesia shut for Vesak Day. On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold futures for June delivery traded at $1,297.80 a troy ounce, up 0.15%, after hitting an overnight session low of $1,278.30 and off a high of $1,303.90.
• Silver comex for July delivery rose 0.23% at $19.587 a troy ounce. Copper futures for July delivery gained 0.25% at $3.152 a pound.
• Crude oil priced dipped in Asia on Tuesday ahead of U.S. industry crude oil stocks data and with markets in Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Indonesia shut for Vesak Day. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate crude oil for delivery in June traded at $100.54 a barrel, down 0.05%, after hitting an overnight session low of $99.94 a barrel and a high of $100.93 a barrel.
• Brent oil on the ICE futures exchange rose 52 cents, or 0.5%, to $108.41 a barrel, its highest settlement price since May 2.
• Natural gas prices fell on Monday after updated weather-forecasting models called for mild temperatures to settle in across much of the U.S. over the coming week, which should crimp demand for heating. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, natural gas futures for delivery in June traded at $4.451 per million British thermal units during U.S. trading, down 1.78%. The commodity hit session high of $4.547 and a low of $4.451. The June contract settled down 0.90% on Friday to end at $4.531 per million British thermal units.
• The base metals closed with average gains of 0.5 percent on Friday, although that was skewed by the 3.9 percent rally in the nickel price, the rest were mixed, with aluminium, lead, zinc and tin lower, whilst the copper price gained 0.6 percent to $6,754.25. The copper price gained $30 from Friday’s close to $6,775 and inventories are at their lowest since October 2008 – stocks fell a net 4,700 tonnes 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. Aluminium at $1,766 was $4 higher, with stocks earlier down 8,600 tonnes at 5,313,300 tonnes and cancellations down 2,925 tonnes at 2,904,850 tonnes. The lead price was last $2,090, up $5 while the zinc price gained $3 higher at $2,035.
TRADING STRATEGY :
COPPER-COMEX has closed @ 3.1460. If it sustain above the level of 3.1430, it can touch the level of 3.1550 & 3.1700 respectively. If it breaks the level of 3.1032, it can touch the level of 3.0912, 3.0760 respectively.
•BUY COPPER-COMEX ABOVE 3.1430 TGTS 3.1550, 3.1700 SL 3.1300.
•SELL COPPER-COMEX BELOW 3.1032 TGTS 3.0912, 3.0760 SL 3.1160.