INTERNATIONAL COMMODITY NEWS :
• Gold prices eased slightly in Asia on Wednesday as investors awaited fresh cues on European growth prospects and geopolitical tensions. On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, Gold futures for December delivery traded at $1,310.00 a troy ounce, down 0.05%, after hitting an overnight session low of $1,306.90 and off a high of $1,318.90.Overnight, gold prices rose albeit in choppy trading after data out of Germany suggested the Russia-Ukraine conflict may be watering down global recovery, which bolstered the precious metal’s safe-haven appeal.
• Crude oil prices fell in Asia Wednesday after an industry group said U.S. crude stocks rose last week. The American Petroleum Institute reported that U.S. crude stocks rose by 2 million barrels, while distilaltes fell 2.6 million barrels and gasoline supplies gained 2.7 million barrels. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate crude oil for delivery in September traded at $97.22 a barrel, down 0.15%, after hitting an overnight session low of $96.87 a barrel and a high of $97.94 a barrel.
• Natural gas futures rose on Tuesday as investors bet a heat wave making its way across the eastern U.S. will prompt households to ramp up their air conditioning. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, natural gas futures for delivery in September traded at $4.002 per million British thermal units during U.S. trading, up 0.92%. The commodity hit a session low of $3.960, and a high of $4.020.
• Brent oil futures sank to a nine-month low on Tuesday, as global supplies were seen as ample despite ongoing violence in Ukraine and Iraq. On the ICE Futures Exchange in London, Brent oil for September delivery tumbled 1.01%, or $1.06, to trade at $103.62 a barrel during U.S. morning hours.
• Copper futures fell to a seven-week low before turning higher on Tuesday, as investors were cautious ahead of key economic data out of China, while geopolitical developments in Ukraine, Iraq and Gaza remained in focus. On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, copper for September delivery tacked on 0.28%, or 0.9 cents, to trade at $3.183 a pound during European morning hours.
TRADING STRATEGY :
- BUY GOLD ABOVE 1312 TG 1318,1328 SL 1302
- SELL GOLD BELOW 1304 TG 1294,1284 SL 1314