Comex Gold Signal
INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS
- Gold prices held steady near one-week highs on Wednesday, after the release of mixed U.S. economic reports and as investors remained cautious after thesudden firing of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Comex gold futures were little changed at $1,323.3 a troy ounce by 08:45 a.m. ET (12:45 GMT). The U.S. Commerce Department reported on Wednesday that retail sales fell 0.1% in February, compared to expectations for a 0.3% rise.
- After a brief initial reaction to the downside, West Texas Intermediate oil managed to rebound and head higher in North American trade on Wednesday, after data showing that oil supplies in the U.S. registered a larger-than-expected inventory build, while gas and distillate stockpiles both fell more than forecast. Crude oil for April delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell 13 cents, or 0.43%, to trade at $60.97 a barrel by 10:34AM ET (14:34GMT) compared to $60.89 ahead of the report.
- U.S. energy pipeline developers say they intend to pursue exemptions to the Trump Administration’s proposed steel tariffs, as concerns grow for those companies and from key exporters to the United States like South Korea. “We have a number of pipeline projects that would be impacted significantly by this cost increase,” said Adam Bedard, chief executive of Arb Midstream, an energy transportation and marketing company.
- The Indian central bank’s move to cut off a key form of trade finance in the aftermath of a multi-billion dollar fraud could both dent the rupee and sharply raise costs for many importers, bankers and traders said. The Reserve Bank of India announced late on Tuesday it was banning banks from issuing letters of undertaking, or LoUs, a form of credit guarantee often used between Indian banks and their offshore branches.
- From BZW to BarCap, Barclays (L:BARC) bosses have spent more than three decades trying to make the British bank a profitable investment banking force, often frustrating its investors. Now Barclays Chief Executive Jes Staley is being given one more year to deliver on a promise to turn its investment bank into a profit engine able to weather downturns or face demands for a review of the business, shareholders told Reuters.
- The European Union will try to secure an exemption from planned U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday, adding that protectionism is not the right approach to international trade. Merkel, sworn in for a fourth term in office earlier on Wednesday, said she saw a “crisis of multilateralism” which the EU could best respond to by firstly putting on a united front, and secondly by talking to the United States.