TODAY’S COMEX GOLD SIGNAL AND DAILY TECHNICAL REPORT
COMEX GOLD SIGNAL
INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS
- Metal prices continued to falter on Thursday amid trade concerns and a strengthening U.S. dollar. Comex gold futures for August delivery decreased 0.88% to a one-and-a-half-year low of $1,217.10 a troy ounce as of 10:58 AM ET (14:58 GMT). The precious metal was held back as trade tensions continued after China said the White House was wrong to blame Chinese President Xi Jinping for blocking progress on a trade deal.
- Oil prices rose on Thursday, as a Saudi Arabian official indicated that the country’s exports will be little changed despite a large increase in production. New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude futures gained 53 cents, or 0.8% to $68.28 a barrel by 11:29 AM ET (15:29 GMT). Meanwhile, Brent crude futures, the benchmark for oil prices outside the U.S., traded up 38 cents, or 0.5%, to $73.28.
- The U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its weekly report thatnatural gas storage in the U.S. increased by 46 billion cubic feet in the week ended July 13, compared to forecasts for a build of 58 billion. Thursday’s data compared with a gain of 51 billion cubic feet (bcf) in the preceding week and represented a decline of 710 billion from a year earlier and was also 535 bcf below the five-year average.
- European Union countries will suffer long-term damage equivalent to about 1.5 percent of annual economic output if Britain leaves the bloc without a free trade deal next year, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday. Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29 next year, and Prime Minister Theresa May has yet to reach a consensus within her own Conservative Party on what future ties with the EU should look like, let alone broker a final deal with the EU.
- Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Thursday it was “too early” to say if the United States would impose tariffs of up to 25 percent on imported cars and parts, a suggestion that has been met with harsh criticism from the industry. The department opened an investigation in May into whether imported autos and parts pose a national security risk and was holding a hearing on the probe on Thursday, taking testimony from auto trade groups, foreign governments and others.
- Russian lawmakers backed a proposal on Thursday to raise the retirement age in a preliminary vote, part of an unpopular budget package designed to shore up government finances which has already dented President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings. Looking for extra money for the budget, the government proposed raising the retirement age. It made the announcement on June 14, the day Russia hosted the first match of the soccer World Cup, leading some critics to suggest the authorities were using the tournament to deflect attention from unpopular news.
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