GOLD TRADING FORECAST TODAY
INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS
- Gold traders will continue to monitor political risks and watch developments in equity markets in the week ahead, after the failure by the U.S. Congress and President Donald Trump to agree to a spending bill by midnight Saturday resulted in a partial U.S. government shutdown. Gold is often sought in times of geopolitical tension or market turbulence. Elsewhere, on the data front, the U.S. will see a relatively quiet week in terms of economic releases, with reports on consumer confidence and the housing sector expected to draw the most attention.
- OPEC and allied oil producers are ready to hold an extraordinary meeting and will do what is needed if the current cut in oil output by 1.2 million barrels per day does not balance the market next year, the United Arab Emirates’ energy minister said on Sunday.
- Oil prices dipped on Monday ahead of the Christmas holiday break, adding to last week’s steep losses on concerns about a global oversupply. International benchmark Brent crude (LCOc1) futures fell 27 cents, or 0.5 percent, to $53.55 a barrel at 0106 GMT. Brent touched $52.79 on Friday, its lowest since September 2017. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures (CLc1) eased 8 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $45.51 a barrel.
- U.S. President Donald Trump’s Treasury secretary called top U.S. bankers on Sunday amid an ongoing rout on Wall Street and made plans to convene a group of officials known as the “Plunge Protection Team.” U.S. stocks have fallen sharply in recent weeks on concerns over slowing economic growth, with the S&P 500 index (SPX) on pace for its biggest percentage decline in December since the Great Depression.
- China and the United States held a vice ministerial-level call on Friday, the second such contact in a week, achieving a “deep exchange of views” on trade imbalances and the protection of intellectual property, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said. A statement posted on the ministry’s website on Sunday said the two countries “made new progress” on those issues, without specifying further.
- China is considering introducing a new law on foreign investment to replace three existing laws on joint ventures and wholly owned foreign firms, state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday. A draft law on foreign investment has been submitted to the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, according to Xinhua. The draft, which could take more than a year to be signed into law, includes policies on promoting and managing foreign investment.
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