Monthly Archives: December 2017


Today’s Comex news

Today’s Comex news and gold candlestick chart

  • Gold prices remained lower on Tuesday, as the recent approval of a major U.S. tax reform bill continued to lend broad support to the greenback. Comex gold futures was down $2.70 or about 0.21% at $1,275.10 a troy ounce by 08:40 a.m. ET (12:40 GMT). The greenback strengthened after the U.S. Senate passed a tax overhaul package over the weekend amid expectations that tax cuts for corporations will stimulate the U.S. economy.
  • Crude oil prices were mixed on Tuesday, as the decision last week by global oil producers to continuu limiting production lent support to the commodity, while sustained worries over U.S. production levels weighed. The U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude January contract was little changed at $57.44 a barrel by 09:50 a.m. ET (13:50 GMT). Elsewhere, Brent oil for February delivery on the ICE Futures Exchange in London was up 12 cents or about 0.19% at $62.56 a barrel.
  • Natural gas futures extended their decline into a second session on Tuesday, as updated weather forecasts showed a return to mild weather after a cold spell in the eastern U.S. U.S. natural gas futures sank 5.5 cents, or around 1.8%, to $2.930 per million British thermal units by 8:15AM ET (1315GMT), after plunging 7.6 cents, or 2.5%, a day earlier. Monday’s plunge came as weather models predicted mild weather across most parts of the continental United States starting from Dec. 15.



Economy News

  • Just hours after a Brexit deal crumbled, British Prime Minister Theresa May came under pressure on Tuesday from opposition parties and even some allies to soften the EU divorce by keeping Britain in the single market and customs union after Brexit. May’s ministers said they were confident they would soon secure an exit deal, though opponents scolded May for a chaotic day in Brussels which saw a choreographed attempt to showcase the progress of Brexit talks collapse at the last minute.
  •  A Mexican presidential hopeful and governor of a wealthy border state said he would cut taxes to compete with lower rates in the United States if President Donald Trump’s fiscal reform passes Congress, hinting at a broader potential response in Mexico. Jaime Rodriguez, the governor of Nuevo Leon who is seeking to become the first independent to take the presidency, said he would lower “many taxes” if successful.
  • European Union finance ministers adopted on Tuesday a blacklist of tax havens which includes 17 extra-EU jurisdictions seen as not cooperative on tax matters, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said. American Samoa, Bahrain, Barbados, Grenada, Guam, South Korea, Macau, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Namibia, Palau, Panama, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates are the countries listed, officials said.

Singapore shares continue 0.4% lower on Thursday afternoon

SINGAPORE stocks continued 0.4 for each penny bring down on Thursday afternoon, with the Straits Times Index losing 11.93 focuses to 3,385.28 as at 1.03pm.

Around 713.8 million offers worth S$516.4 million altogether changed hands, which worked out to a normal unit cost of S$0.72 per share.


The most effectively exchanged counter was Allied Tech, which fell S$0.01 to S$0.069 with 55.6 million offers evolving hands. Different actives included Jiutian Chemical and Midas.

Losers outnumbered gainers 185 to 132, or around seven down for each five up.

Idealistic viewpoint for worldwide palm oil market to help  agriculture stocks_89923250_gettyimages-160565545

A relentless development in the worldwide palm oil showcase is set to help the Singapore Exchange’s (SGX) eight agrarian items stocks that have a consolidated market capitalisation of S$29 billion.

In a market refresh report by the neighborhood bourse on Wednesday (Dec 6), the SGX said that in the 2017 year to date, these stocks found the middle value of a – 13.7 for each penny value change, contrasted with a 16.7 for each penny pick up in 2016. Palm oil costs additionally observed a value change of – 17.6 for every penny in the year-to-date.

Worldwide Palm Resources Holdings, which enlisted a value pick up of 15.4 for every penny in the year-to-date, was the best-performing stock in the division.

As per a report distributed a month ago by Zion Market Research, the worldwide palm oil advertise is estimate to develop at an exacerbated yearly rate (CAGR) of 7.2 for every penny in the vicinity of 2016 and 2021, achieving a market estimation of US$92.8 billion of every 2021 from US$65.7 billion out of 2015.

Development drivers incorporate enhancing monetary conditions, higher expectations for everyday comforts, and changing dietary patterns in rising nations, and in addition developing interest for vegetable oil as a feedstock for biodiesel creation.

The exploration firm included that the low cost of palm oil, and additionally stringent controls on trans-fat nourishments in US and Europe, has impelled buyers to change to palm from soya bean and other vegetable oils.

Palm oil costs for whatever is left of 2017 are anticipated to stay firm, given the regularly solid final quarter, as per Bloomberg Intelligence.

A further lift could originate from weaker-than-anticipated yield, and in addition a foreseen cut in Europe’s import duties for Indonesia’s biodiesel.


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