Opalesque Commodities Briefing http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:36:15 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.5.1 en Commodities: A partial pump primer http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133388 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133388#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:36:15 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133388 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133388>Article Link</a> Few economic forces are more important than commodity prices. When they rise they transfer riches and power from consumers to producers; when they fall, it is as near as anything in economics to a free lunch for consumers. With so much at stake, turning points are important for the global economy. Such a moment appears to be at hand. (more…)

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The Top Technical Indicators For Commodities Investing http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133387 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133387#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:35:59 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133387 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133387>Article Link</a> The primary motive for any trader, investor or speculator is to make trading as profitable as possible. Primarily two techniques, fundamental analysis and technical analysis, are employed for making buy, sell or hold decisions. The technique of fundamental analysis is believed to be ideal for investments involving a longer time period. (more…)

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Why It’s Finally Time To Buy Commodities http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133386 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133386#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:35:40 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133386 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133386>Article Link</a> My friend, the time has FINALLY come…It is time to buy commodities. For years, I’ve urged you to invest in the stock market and the housing market. (I hope you took my advice… Stocks and housing have soared!) But one asset class has been completely left out of the fun… commodities. (more…)

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How commodity bourses can survive http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133385 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133385#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:35:27 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133385 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133385>Article Link</a> In commodity, like any other trading one does not mind paying a transaction fee as long as profits are made. However, once an entity starts making losses, the concern on the high transaction fee becomes multi-fold. On the other hand, when commodity exchanges start making losses, they may be forced to increase transaction fee camouflaged under some other name to boost the revenue. (more…)

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Oil will tumble to $70 says new ‘bond king’ http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133384 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133384#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:35:15 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133384 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133384>Article Link</a> The meltdown in the oil market is not over yet. That’s the message from Jeffrey Gundlach, the star bond investor who predicts oil will plunge another $10 (it’s $80 a barrel now). While another decline in oil prices would bring smiles to American consumers — think around $2.70 a gallon at the pump as a national average — it could spell trouble for the boom in shale projects boosting the U.S. economy. (more…)

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Russia says oil at $90 to $110 is ‘fair price’ http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133383 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133383#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:35:01 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133383 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133383>Article Link</a> The ‘fair’ and most comfortable oil price for world economies would range between $90 and $110 per barrel, with any fluctuations from that involving certain risks for the industry, Russia’s Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak said. (more…)

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Cheaper oil: Many winners, a few bad losers http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133382 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133382#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:34:47 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133382 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133382>Article Link</a> The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 had many causes. None was as basic as the fall in the price of oil, its main export, by two-thirds in real terms between 1980 and 1986. By the same token, the 14-year rule of Vladimir Putin, heir to what remained, has been bolstered by a threefold rise in the oil price. (more…)

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Saudi Arabia’s Risky Oil-Price Play http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133381 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133381#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:34:34 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133381 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133381>Article Link</a> With the U.S. on track to become the world’s largest oil producer by next year, it’s become popular in Washington and on Wall Street to call America the new Saudi Arabia. Yet the real Saudi Arabia hasn’t relinquished its role as the producer with the most influence over oil prices. Its reserves of 266 billion barrels, ability to pump as many as 12.5 million barrels a day, and, most important, its low cost of extracting crude still make it a formidable rival to the U.S., whose shale wells are hard to exploit. (more…)

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U.S. To Produce More Oil & Gas Than Russia…For Decades http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133380 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133380#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:34:18 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133380 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133380>Article Link</a> The U.S. shale oil and gas renaissance has effectively stripped Russia from its status as biggest non-OPEC oil producing state. And Russia won’t recover for the next 25 years. Or more, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency. (more…)

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Are Declining Oil Prices Increasing the Risks to OPEC, U.S. Energy Security or Clean Fuels Supplies? http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133379 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133379#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:34:05 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133379 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133379>Article Link</a> World crude oil prices have declined by over 20% since June 2014. While this level of price volatility is not without historic precedent, prices are projected to possibly decline to much lower levels by year’s end. Further decline in crude oil market prices will impact most petroleum oil Suppliers and Consumers. (more…)

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Can the Indian-Chinese Gold Frenzy Boost Prices? http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133378 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133378#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:33:51 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133378 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133378>Article Link</a> Many investors aren’t pleased with the current price of gold , which closed Wednesday at $1,241.10 per ounce, but for buyers in India, the metal’s ill fortune has turned into an opportunity. CNBC reported that a better Indian economy has prompted those in the country to buy the yellow metal during this year’s five-day Diwali festival, which will peak on Thursday. (more…)

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Buy gold if it dips to $1,228-30/oz http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133377 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133377#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:33:34 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133377 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133377>Article Link</a> Comex gold futures ended lower on Thursday, as better-than-expected euro zone business activity data lifted stock markets from early lows, while the dollar index held near its highest in a week and demand for the physical metal softened. Gold futures hit a one-month high, supported by growth concerns over slower economic growth in China, with investors seeking safety amid increasing concerns over a slump in the global economy. (more…)

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Russians Make Largest Gold Purchase In 15 Years: What Does It Mean For Gold Investors? http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133376 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133376#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:33:21 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133376 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133376>Article Link</a> Russian central bank purchases 1.2 million ounces of gold in September. This is the largest gold purchase by Russia in over 15 years. If the Russian central bank keeps up monthly gold purchases of this size then it will impact total annual gold demand. (more…)

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Why Worry About Bullion Silver http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133375 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133375#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:33:06 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133375 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133375>Article Link</a> Bullion silver is likely to be less pure than coins or small bars, but 1,000 ounce bullion silver bars are cheaper per ounce than the smaller fabricated sizes. Bullion silver is typically available for only a few cents more per ounce than the spot price in the paper futures market. So long as bullion bars can always be purchased at little more than spot price, a business that simply melts the bars would never pay more to melt fabricated silver, even if it is more highly refined. (more…)

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As ETF M&A heats up, industry wonders who is next http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133374 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133374#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:32:57 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133374 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133374>Article Link</a> When it comes to expanding in the $1.9 trillion U.S. exchange-traded fund market, which some forecasts say will pass the traditional mutual fund industry in size within 10 years, some companies have concluded it’s better to buy than to build. (more…)

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To inject more liquidity, commodity market regulator raises position cap http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133373 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133373#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:32:47 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133373 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133373>Article Link</a> Commodity markets regulator Forward Markets Commission (FMC) has decided to allow hedgers, brokers and investors to take higher positions in futures contracts as part of its efforts to ensure more liquidity in the market. (more…)

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Chinese appetite for foreign currency grows http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133372 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133372#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:32:32 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133372 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133372>Article Link</a> China’s appetite for foreign currency increased in September, leading to a net foreign exchange purchase among banks, according to data released by the country’s top foreign exchange regulator on Thursday. (more…)

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Brazil’s Currency to Rise 13% or Fall 14% in Preview of Election http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133371 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133371#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:32:22 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133371 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133371>Article Link</a> Brazil’s too-close-to-call presidential election has investors and analysts predicting moves in the local currency that range from a 13 percent rally against the dollar to a 14 percent tumble after the vote. (more…)

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EU leaders set to strike climate deal to cut greenhouse gases 40% by 2030 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133370 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133370#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:32:10 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133370 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133370>Article Link</a> European leaders were expected to strike a broad climate change pact obliging the EU as a whole to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030. But key aspects of the deal that will form a bargaining position for global climate talks in Paris next year were left vague or voluntary, raising questions as to how the aims would be realised. (more…)

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EU set to allow car emissions into carbon trading market http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133369 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133369#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:31:58 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133369 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133369>Article Link</a> The European Union is set to make it easier to bring road transport emissions into the carbon trading market, a move that critics say could empower carmakers to push back against more effective curbs on greenhouse gases. (more…)

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China readies legal framework for carbon market, hefty fines possible http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133368 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133368#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:31:45 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133368 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133368>Article Link</a> China is planning hefty fines for companies that fail to comply with the rules of its national carbon trading market but has yet to decide how to set emission caps for big polluters, according to a draft government document seen by Reuters. (more…)

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All About Liquid Commodities http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133367 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133367#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:23:13 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133367 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133367>Article Link</a> Liquid Commodities are widely traded at huge volumes by investors, hedgers, speculators/traders and arbitrageurs both in cash and derivative markets. Crude Oil, Natural Gas, Gold, Wheat, Corn and Copper are among the leading commodities that are traded globally at huge volumes. (more…)

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Don’t Expect Big Gains In Commodities http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133366 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133366#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:22:52 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133366 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133366>Article Link</a> Overall, pressure on commodity prices remains in place. The exception to the rule is the livestock market, which managed to rise 19% since last October. Disease and widespread drought conditions in California and other states drove livestock prices up to record highs. (more…)

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Falling Commodity Prices Lift India’s Economy http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133365 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133365#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:22:34 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133365 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133365>Article Link</a> The slump in global commodity prices, especially for energy, is proving a boon to India. The country’s economy is one of the world’s most sensitive to energy prices because India is a heavy importer of fuel. Growth in Indian gross domestic product has sagged in recent years, crippled by the soaring cost of oil and gas on international markets. (more…)

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Dow Chemical Says Lower Oil Price to Boost Global Economy http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133364 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133364#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:22:23 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133364 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133364>Article Link</a> Dow Chemical Co. (DOW), the largest U.S. chemical maker by sales, said this year’s plunging oil prices will stimulate national economies and help rather than hurt its plastics business next year. Lower oil prices should help increase gross domestic product in the U.S., the U.K, Japan and China, Howard Ungerleider, chief financial officer of Midland, Michigan-based Dow, said on a conference call with analysts today. (more…)

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Bank of Canada to issue report on the effect of low oil prices http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133363 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133363#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:22:06 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133363 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133363>Article Link</a> The Bank of Canada’s latest read on the national economy is expected to explore a pressing question Wednesday: How much are low oil prices affecting the country’s bottom line? The price of oil recently hit a two-and-a-half year low, a sharp fall that is prompting Canadian policy-makers and the corporate world alike to reflect on the potential risks of lower prices. (more…)

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Lower oil prices push Russia toward recession http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133362 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133362#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:21:36 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133362 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133362>Article Link</a> If sanctions, inflation and political risk weren’t enough, falling oil prices are pushing Russia’s already beleaguered economy toward recession. The price of Brent crude oil, a global benchmark, hit a four-year low last week, plunging to below $83 per barrel from $116 in June. (more…)

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Libya OPEC Governor Says Group Must Cut Daily Oil Output http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133361 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133361#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:21:23 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133361 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133361>Article Link</a> OPEC needs to reduce crude output by at least 500,000 barrels a day, Libya’s governor to the group said, the first time since prices plunged into a bear market that a representative from a member nation has suggested how much production should be cut. (more…)

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A World Without OPEC? http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133360 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133360#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:21:05 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133360 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133360>Article Link</a> Forty-one years ago this month, the Arab oil embargo began. The countries that were part of it belonged, of course, to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries — OPEC — which had banded together 13 years earlier to strengthen their ability to negotiate with international oil companies. (more…)

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Gold price flirts with $1,250 as Diwali lights up bullion demand http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133359 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133359#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:20:52 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133359 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133359>Article Link</a> Gold price smashed through the $1,250 per ounce barrier earlier today, a six-week high, as physical gold demand on the occasion of Diwali seems to have lit up the bullion market. The yellow metal is currently again a whisker shy of the psychological mark, and was trading at $1,249.08 at 11am UAE time. (more…)

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International demand for gold continues surging http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133358 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133358#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:20:35 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133358 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133358>Article Link</a> Demand for gold continues to be robust and has indeed increased significantly in recent weeks despite gold’s most recent paper driven gold weakness. Demand in China and India surged again and gold reserve diversification by the central bank of Russia hit a new record high in September as geopolitical tensions rose. (more…)

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Gold Is Undervalued – Ned Goodman http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133357 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133357#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:20:18 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133357 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133357>Article Link</a> Ned Goodman, president and chief executive officer of Dundee Corp., believes gold is undervalued while equities are poised for a crash. Speaking at a keynote luncheon at the Quebec Mining Exploration Xplor 2014 Convention in Montreal, Quebec, Goodman was blunt regarding gold prices and where they’re heading. (more…)

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Will Gold Outshine Platinum? — Overheard http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133356 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133356#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:19:41 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133356 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133356>Article Link</a> Gold and platinum are prized for their rarity. What is happening with their prices right now is also pretty unusual. At about $1,245 an ounce, gold isn’t far off parity with platinum at about $1,270. This doesn’t happen often. In the past 20 years, gold has matched or exceeded the platinum price only about 7% of the time. And much of that occurred between the summer of 2011 and early 2013, when quantitative easing was in full swing and hyperbole about the dollar’s demise was at its height. (more…)

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Gold and Silver Timing is Everything http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133355 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133355#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:19:26 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133355 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133355>Article Link</a> Timing is everything in investments, and after watching the precious metals markets for the past three months, since the publishing of his last article at the June lows, Peter draws the conclusion that gold bullion and gold mining stocks have finally bottomed and are ready to resume the bullish trend than began twelve years ago. (more…)

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The Better Short: Gold Or Silver? http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133354 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133354#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:19:12 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133354 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133354>Article Link</a> The fundamentals for the precious metals are weak. This has been highlighted in recent weeks by the lack of a major rally in Gold and the losses in Silver despite a spike in volatility to its highest since 2011. (more…)

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Factors Affecting Precious Metals http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133353 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133353#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:18:57 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133353 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133353>Article Link</a> Since the dawn of civilization, precious metals — especially Gold and Silver — have been recognized as stores of value and have been used as money for transaction purposes. Even today, in the presence of stocks, bonds and a number of alternate investment options, they are a very popular source of investment. (more…)

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Nickel’s Slide Extends Roller-Coaster Ride http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133352 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133352#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:18:42 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133352 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133352>Article Link</a> Nickel prices have sunk to their lowest level since March, as slowing economies in Europe and China rattle investors, while a financing scandal in China has prompted companies to dump tons of nickel and other metals on the market. (more…)

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Copper hopes ‘bright despite volatility’ http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133351 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133351#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:18:30 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133351 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133351>Article Link</a> Copper is set for a period of price volatility as the market digests new supply but long-term prospects remain bright due to grade declines and extended lead times for new projects, according to global miner Rio Tinto. (more…)

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Will - and Should - These ETF Ishtars Ever Catch On? http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133350 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133350#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:18:19 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133350 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133350>Article Link</a> “Ishtar,” the 1987 movie starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman, seemed like a surefire hit on paper. At the box office? $14 million. It is the go-to emblem of disaster. We go to it here because giant flops happen in the ETF world, too. Sure, many exchange-traded funds fail to collect assets, and more than 500 have less than $30 million, the failure fault line. (more…)

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Shipping ETF Sails Out Of The Storm http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133349 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133349#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:18:04 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133349 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133349>Article Link</a> The shipping industry-related exchange traded fund is seeing clearer skies as China increases imports of raw goods. The Guggenheim Global Shipping ETF (SEA) rose 2.6% Tuesday. Year-to-date, SEA has declined 9.1%. (more…)

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HKEx to launch its first Asia Commodities contracts from December http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133348 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133348#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:17:53 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133348 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133348>Article Link</a> Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) will introduce its first Asia Commodities contracts – London Aluminium Mini Futures, London Zinc Mini Futures and London Copper Mini Futures – for trading on Monday, 1 December 2014, subject to market readiness. (more…)

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Oil price slide hits commodity currencies http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133347 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133347#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:17:36 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133347 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133347>Article Link</a> The funk over global growth that gripped markets last week sent exchange rates into wild gyrations. But even in the worst of the turbulence one trend was clear: the underperformance of currencies exposed to the slide in oil prices. (more…)

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Good fundamentals make ruble ‘stable’ currency - Russian Central Bank http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133346 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133346#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:17:22 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133346 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133346>Article Link</a> Russia’s currency has taken a significant 20 percent plunge this year against the dollar and euro, but analysts are confident that Russia’s sturdy stash of foreign reserves and miniscule external debt make the ruble one of the ‘most stable’ currencies. (more…)

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Currency wars evolve with goal of avoiding deflation http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133345 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133345#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:17:10 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133345 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133345>Article Link</a> Currency wars are back, though this time the goal is to steal inflation, not growth. Brazil Finance Minister Guido Mantega popularized the term “currency war” in 2010 to describe policies employed at the time by major central banks to boost the competitiveness of their economies through weaker currencies. Now, many see lower exchange rates as a way to avoid crippling deflation. (more…)

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China’s Grand Carbon Trading Experiment Experiences Highs and Lows http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133344 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133344#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:16:58 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133344 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133344>Article Link</a> Beijing and six other jurisdictions launched pilot carbon trading systems within the last 18 months to address the pollution problem that has plagued the country. The city of Qingdao is set to join the mix in 2015 after recently approving plans to start its own carbon market in preparation for the expected implementation of a national market in 2016. (more…)

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Nagoya Commodity Exchange(ngcx)to Launch Carbon Credits Contract http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133343 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133343#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:16:43 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133343 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133343>Article Link</a> In a landmark initiative that will enable direct trading of Carbon Credits Nagoya Commodity Exchange today launched futures trading in Carbon Credits. This pioneering initiative at Nagoya Commodity Exchange makes it among the select few in league. (more…)

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Global commodity markets hit by demand slowdown http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133342 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133342#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:12:09 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133342 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133342>Article Link</a> Global commodity markets are currently going through a period of turmoil. The tug-of-war between supply and demand is palpable. Several uncertainties that impacted the market in recent years continue to play out differently. (more…)

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Oil at $80 a Barrel Muffles Forecasts for U.S. Shale Boom http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133341 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133341#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:11:55 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133341 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133341>Article Link</a> The bear market in oil has analysts reassessing the U.S. shale boom after five years of historic growth. The U.S. benchmark price dropped to $79.78 a barrel on Oct. 16, the lowest since June 2012. At that level, one-third of U.S. shale oil production would be uneconomic, analysts for New York-based Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. led by Bob Brackett said. (more…)

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OPEC can respond to excess oil supply: Algerian official http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133340 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133340#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:11:41 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133340 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133340>Article Link</a> OPEC could in the future take action to respond to the recent fall in oil prices, Algerian energy ministry official Ali Hached said in Paris Tuesday. “Collectively OPEC can respond to the excess supply that we have on the market,” he said. Answering questions at the 19th Gas and Electricity Summit organized by Petrostrategies, Hached said “this situation is not new” and added that “we’ve already faced major fluctuations in oil prices” in the past. (more…)

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With US shale gas revolution, has OPEC become a paper tiger? http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133339 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133339#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:57:10 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133339 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133339>Article Link</a> But an even bigger part of the reason is that the shale revolution in North America is utterly changing the supply-demand dynamic. Since 2008, says Bernard Weinstein, an energy expert at Southern Methodist University, oil production in the United States is up 60 percent. That’s an additional 3 million barrels a day. (more…)

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How low can oil go? Strategists warn Brent could tumble further http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133338 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133338#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:56:57 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133338 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133338>Article Link</a> The sharp slides in oil prices seen since the summer could continue unabated until the commodity’s chief trade body OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) is finally forced to take action, investors have said. (more…)

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The price of oil is not where Russia would like it http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133337 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133337#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:56:45 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133337 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133337>Article Link</a> That same day on Friday, Moody’s downgraded Russia’s debt ratings to Baa2 with a negative outlook, citing, among other things, the ongoing erosion of Russia’s foreign exchange buffers due to low oil prices. (more…)

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Chinese and Indian gold buyers back in market in a big way http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133336 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133336#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:56:30 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133336 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133336>Article Link</a> What has been particularly strange about the gold market over the past two years is that the stronger the physical demand appearing for gold, the weaker the gold price has tended to get. (more…)

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Can gold bounce back? Here’s why experts feel that you should give yellow metal a miss this Diwali http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133335 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133335#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:56:15 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133335 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133335>Article Link</a> What will you buy on muhurat day? Will you stock up on equities or will you go for gold? To some buyers, gold might appear very attractive right now. The domestic gold price is down more than 18% from its all-time high of Rs 33,265 per 10 gm recorded in August 2013. The past 15 months, in fact, have been devastating for gold investors. The price of the yellow metal has slipped, turning conventional wisdom on its head. Even now, analysts believe that gold faces headwinds that could take prices down in the near to medium term. (more…)

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How Much Gold Is On Loan Worldwide? http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133334 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133334#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:56:00 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133334 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133334>Article Link</a> We can’t speak about the manipulation of the gold price today without understanding the derivatives market. Right after the crash of 2000 in the stock market I became alarmed by the exponential increase of derivative products but especially by the complexity of those products. (more…)

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Gold demand up, more buying needed:Barclays http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133333 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133333#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:55:47 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133333 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133333>Article Link</a> Given that the Diwali holiday is this week, ahead of the wedding season, Gold demand is expected to improve, potentially offsetting macro headwinds in the near term. However, buying needs to pick up materially to overwhelm the gold-negative external drivers, a report by Barclays said. (more…)

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Why Silver Is Poised to Hit $50 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133332 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133332#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:55:31 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133332 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133332>Article Link</a> In the next few years, you could make triple-digit gains in one of the world’s most hated commodities: silver. You won’t get rich quick. But as I’ll show you today, higher prices are almost inevitable. And before the run is over, we could see spot rates triple or more. (more…)

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6 beginner tips for investing in precious metals http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133331 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133331#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:55:19 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133331 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133331>Article Link</a> If you’ve been thinking about investing in precious metals for the first time, you’ve got your homework cut out for you. It’s a complicated space, especially if you’re a newbie, and a good grasp on the basics is essential to achieving any semblance of success. (more…)

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Is This Crunch Time for Base Metals? http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133330 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133330#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:55:07 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133330 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133330>Article Link</a> Anyone investing in industrial metals needs to be patient. Copper, nickel, zinc and tin are likely to suffer low prices for some time yet, traders and analysts warn, though many are hopeful they’ll hit a floor soon. Demand has been dented by weakening global growth—not least concerns about a Chinese slowdown–which means metal consumption isn’t rising as fast as many had expected. (more…)

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Increase in copper price is unlikely, says analysts http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133329 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133329#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:54:55 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133329 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=133329>Article Link</a> In the Metal Seminar conducted at the LME, Edward Meir, an analyst at INTL FC Stone, stated that, breaking out the earlier predicted supply glut, the demand for copper in the global market, will only rise to 150,000 tonnes, in the year of 2014. (more…)

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