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There Gold prices held steady on Wednesday despite a rise in equities, with investors waiting for minutes from the US Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting for any fresh clues on the pace of interest rate hikes. Spot gold was up 0.1 per cent at $1,224.70 an ounce at 0100 GMT. On Monday, it touched its highest since July 26 at $1,233.26 an ounce. US President Donald Trump heaped more criticism on the Fed in an interview with Fox Business Network on Tuesday, extending his discontent beyond its chairman, Jerome Powell, whom he has frequently critiqued in public. Past US presidents have been reticent to criticize the central bank because its independence is seen as important for economic stability. But Trump in the past week has called the Fed “crazy,” “loco,” “ridiculous,” and “too cute”. Asian equities got some much needed relief on Wednesday after upbeat US earnings reports drove a rebound on Wall Street and helped restore a little confidence in emerging market stocks and currencies.


On Tuesday, bargain-seekers pushed up LME copper to the daily moving average from early lows before a rally in US stocks rally that was fuelled by earnings and weighed on the dollar further bolstered LME copper to a high of $6,252.5/mt. The contract fell back to the daily moving average by close. The SHFE 1811 contract traded range bound in negative territory overnight. China factory prices slowed in September, indicating a potential slowdown in profit growth across Chinese manufacturers in the fourth quarter amid the ongoing trade war with the US. This is set to weigh on copper prices. LME copper is likely to trade at $6,200-6,250/mt today with SHFE copper at 50,000-50,500 yuan/mt. In the physical market, sellers are keen to cash in under the pressure from cash flows and existing stocks while downstream consumers hold back from purchases. While sellers lowered offers, trades remain sluggish. Spot discounts are seen at 60-20 yuan/mt today.

Oil prices extended gains into a fourth session on Wednesday, buoyed as industry data showed a surprise decline in U.S. crude inventories and as geopolitical tensions over the disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist stoked supply worries. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude CLc1 was up 15 cents, or 0.2 percent, at $72.07 a barrel by 0255 GMT on Wednesday, having settled up 14 cents. U.S. crude inventories fell by 2.1 million barrels last week, compared with analyst expectations for a build of 2.2 million barrels, American Petroleum Institute data showed after Tuesday’s settlement. U.S. gasoline stocks dropped by a larger-than-expected 3.4 million barrels, while distillate fuel stockpiles declined by a smaller-than-expected 246,000 barrels, the API data showed.

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