Comex Gold Signal
INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS
- Gold prices fell below the $1,300 level on Tuesday, hitting the lowest levels since December as the U.S. dollar and Treasury yields moved higher after slightly stronger than expected U.S. retail sales figures. Gold futures for June delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange were down $23.80 or 1.81% to $1,294.40 a troy ounce by 09:26 AM ET (13:26 GMT), a level not seen since late December.
- Natural gas futures rose to its best level in around there months on Tuesday, as updated forecasting models pointed to above-average temperatures covering most of the country through the end of May. That should help boost early summer cooling demand for the fuel. Front-month U.S. natural gas futures tacked on 0.9 cents, or around 0.3%, to $2.849 per million British thermal units (btu) by 8:20AM ET (1220GMT), after hitting an intraday high of $2.856, the strongest since February 5.
- Oil prices hit fresh three-and-a-half-year highs on Tuesday, as looming U.S. sanctions against Iran raised fears that markets will face shortages later this year when trade restrictions come into effect. Brent crude futures, the benchmark for oil prices outside the U.S., rose to a session peak of $79.22 a barrel at one point, a level not seen since November 2014. It was last at $79.00 by 8:05AM ET (1205GMT), up 80 cents, or about 1%. Meanwhile, New York-traded WTI crude futures were up 51 cents, or 0.7%, to $71.48 a barrel, not far off their Nov.
- U.S. inflation is rising toward the Federal Reserve’s 2 percent goal while not accelerating enough to suggest the economy is overheating, Dallas Federal Reserve President Robert Kaplan said on Tuesday. Inflation is approaching two percent but it’s “not running away from us,” he said at an event titled “Energy, Trade, and Energy Growth” sponsored by the Council for Foreign Relations.
- Mexico’s economy minister said on Tuesday that he saw diminishing chances for a new North American Free Trade Agreement ahead of a May 17 deadline to present a deal that could be signed by the current U.S. Congress. U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan has said that the Republican-controlled Congress would need to be notified of a new NAFTA deal by Thursday to give lawmakers a chance of approving it before a newly elected Congress takes over in January.
- The European Union is interested in improving its trade ties with the United States but it will not make concessions to secure an exemption from U.S. metals tariffs and would need to consult its 28 members, a senior EU official said on Tuesday. “We are open for improving our trade relations… but it’s not a concession in order to get a permanent exemption from higher steel and aluminium tariffs,” Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen told a news conference.