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18 December 2023


Oil futures end a string of seven weekly losses thanks to gains made following the dovish tilt by the Federal Reserve, where officials projected lower interest rates next year.

Oil futures end a string of seven weekly losses thanks to gains made following the dovish tilt by the Federal Reserve, where officials projected lower interest rates next year. Front-month futures for WTI and Brent settle lower in a day of ups and downs, but post a first weekly increase since Oct. 20. Concerns about weakening demand leading to oversupply in the market, and doubts about OPEC+ commitment to additional output cuts announced for 1Q24, had sent crude to more than five-month lows earlier in the week. 

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Commodity name Date Entry Price Target Price Exit Price Return (Rs.)
Gold (Sell) 16th Aug, 2021 47340 47710 47155 +18500
Copper (Sell) 20th Aug, 2021 693.3 708 689.5 +9500
Data as on 23/08/2021 as shared by Expert

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  • Buy MCX Gold Dec on dips at 26900, Stop loss 26800, Target 27100/27200
  • Sell MCX Copper Nov At CMP 410 Stop Loss 412.50, Target 404
  • Buy MCX Natural Gas Oct At CMP 236, Stop Loss 233, Target 242
  • Sell MCX Zinc Oct on rallies At CMP 141.90, Stop Loss 142.90, Target 139.90
  • MCX Crude Oct Sell Call Given Book Partial Profits At CMP 5310 And Trail Stop Loss To Cost


The weekly roundup report will provide detailed insights on the current and future trends in the commodities. It will outline the trading opportunities in the week ahead.

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Market analysis: Roundup of the weeks activity in the global commodity markets. A detailed view on on Gold, Silver, Crude and any other metals that are in the news or are displaying interesting chart patterns to identify trading opportunities within them.

Week ahead: Lists out the important Economic Data and events that could impact the commodity and currency markets.

Hedging Corner: Provide hedging strategies selectively on commodities that display a possible turnaround in the both the agri and non-agri complex.

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Mr. Gnanasekar Thiagarajan is a veteran in the commodity markets. He has been tracking commodity markets and working with organizations exposed to commodity price risk much before the advent of MCX.

In his 20 years of experience he has dealt with major market movements across the agriculture and non-agriculture commodities and hence is well versed with devising suitable strategies to get the best out of them. He was a active trader at Scotiabank, one of the largest bullion bank in the world before he founded Commtrendz Research along with Mr. Yeshwant Rao, his mentor and co-founder, who was the Head, Trading Strategies for Reliance Petroleum business. Gnanasekar's views are much sought after and he has been featured as an expert market commentator on television, print and electronic media. He writes a weekly column on Gold, Palm oil and Cotton in The Hindu BusinessLine and a blog on commodities and currencies for the Economic Times. He is a regular speaker at various industry conferences in India and abroad.


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Going into next week, we see Bullion prices with a mild bearish bias, but could continue to consolidate, while crude prices are expected to stage a recovery and a possible profit-taking in the dollar

  • 10.59 AM

    In the latest sign that the world's largest economy remains on the path to recovery, data showed U.S. employers added the largest number of workers in nearly three years in November and wage gains picked up, fueling expectations the Federal Reserve is closer to raising interest rates. The surprise was in the energy markets, which typically reacts positively to any strong economic data. The strong U.S. employment data did little to lift the oil market's bearish mood.  However, the strength of U.S. economy, as evidenced by the employment data, contrasts with that of the euro zone, where Germany's Bundesbank this week halved its 2015 growth forecasts for Europe's largest economy to 1 percent.

    We will briefly explain the importance of hedging for corporations exposed to price risk as a consumer and producer. If the commodity is exchange traded and has good depth and liquidity, it is qualified for the purpose of hedging risk.  We will endeavour to provide hedging strategies from this update selectively on commodities that display a possible turnaround in the both the agri and non-agri complex.

    What Hedging Cannot Do?
    • It cannot stabilize prices.
    • It cannot raise market prices.
    • It cannot offer above-market prices.
    What Hedging Can Do?
    • It can raise revenue, both in a given period and in
    the long-term.
    • It can stabilize revenue for the organization exposed to price risk.
    • It can offer above-market revenues in the long run.
    • It can provide predictability to revenue, which means….
    • It can enhance producers’ credit-worthiness and ability to borrow.

    For effective hedging, it is vital that a trader terminates (or "lifts") his hedged position in the commodity at the same time as he closes his position in the physical market.
     In this week, we will look at crudeoil futures and how it can enhance value to corporation that produce crude. The fundamentals in the energy markets are bearish especially after the surprise in the OPEC meet that left output unchanged for possibly political reasons. With an almost forty percent drop in prices from the highs of $115 in June to $67 in December 2014, Brent crude  futures is getting ready for an upward retracement. Such a retracement could extend to $87 levels in the coming weeks. However, the potential for downside from present levels still exist, we feel it could be limited and most of the negativity has been already priced in. A colder-than-expected winter may support oil, although prices are likely to slide after peak-demand season ends in the first quarter next year. For corporations that import crude to refine could actually increase physical purchases at present levels and start terminating some of the hedges that it could have initiated earlier only to re instate them at higher levels again. 

    Hedging Strategy for Crude oil producers:
    Buy Brent January contract at $68.00/bbl (MCX: 4,025) and some more near $65.50/bbl( MCX: 3925) with a stop loss at $58 ( MCX: 3700) and a potential target near $85-87/bbl ( MCX: 4900-5,100).

    In this case if the producer sells crude oil at the present lower levels in the physical markets, and if prices rise from here, the loss in the physical price is offset by the possible profits in the futures position, provided there is an upward retracement as per our expectations. If in case the view goes wrong, there is a stop loss which is like an insurance premium we pay for risk.

    Gold & Silver: 
    Gold fell over 2 percent on Friday, Market participants said the flip back to positive territory came as bears covered their short positions. Hedge funds and money managers boosted their bullish position in U.S. gold contracts to the highest since August in the holiday-shortened week to Dec. 2, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Friday. Gold fell more than 1 percent on Friday, after U.S. November non-farm payrolls data beat forecasts, fueling expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates sooner rather than later and lifting the dollar. Labor Department data showed the U.S. economy added 321,000 new jobs last month, the largest number in nearly three years, and wages increased.


    Oil prices closed sharply lower on Friday extended losses below US$70 a barrel yesterday and was set for a second weekly fall, with top oil exporter Saudi Arabia cutting prices, in another indication that it would maintain output in an oversupplied market. Saudi Arabia cut monthly prices for crude it sells to the United States and Asia, while Iraq is set to export more oil, preventing Brent from staging a recovery after a nearly 13 per cent plunge last week. Only a colder-than-expected winter may support oil, although prices are likely to slide after peak-demand season ends in the first quarter next year. But lower prices could also support global economic growth by boosting consumer purchasing power. 

    Copper prices and other base metals fell on Friday, pressured by a buoyant dollar and concern about a possible early hike in U.S. interest rates following upbeat U.S. jobs data. A strong dollar makes commodities priced in the US dollars more expensive for consumers. COMEX COPPER speculators increase net short positions by 4,048 contracts to 5,919 in week to December 2 to reinforce bearish expectations.

    Gold Feb.
    Technical view:
    Prices hit our mentioned resistance level of 1210-1225$ last week. Strong resistance will be seen in this area and prices will consolidate lower possibly in coming days. A break above 1225$ is required for a further up move higher. Supports will be seen near $1184 (MCX: 26,000).  

    Silver Mar.
    Technical view:
    Technically, Comex Silver recovered to expected levels of $16.70 (MCX: 36,700) in line with our expectations.  Supports will be seen near at $15.75-85 (35,200) could be used as opportunities to buy again. A move above $16.70 (MCX: 36,800) would suggest a strong move on the higher side for targets of $17.50-17.75(MCX: 39400-900).
    Crude Dec.
    Technical view:
    Crude continues to trade in an extremely oversold territory and a pullback rally looks in the offering. Initial supports could be seen near the recent bottom of $64-63.50(MCX 4050-3980) levels. Move above 70$ should open up the way for a recovery towards 75-77$ in the coming week.
    Copper Feb.
    Technical view:
    Techincally, as cautioned in the previous update, though Comex copper pulled back higher towards 3.07 (MCX: 418), but lacks the follow-through to push higher. Resistances at $2.90(MCX: 395) could cap for a decline towards $2.73(MCX: 367). 

    Weekly Close:

    Commodity Contract Close Prev. Week Close % Change
    Gold Feb. 26357 26172 0.71
    Silver Mar. 36699 35363 3.78
    Copper Feb. 403.4 390.75 3.24
    Crude Oil Dec. 4120 4210 -2.14
    Pivot Table:

    Commodity R3 R2 R1 Pivot S1 S2 S3
    Gold 28587 27808 27083 26304 25579 24800 24075
    SILVER 42433 40140 37069 36126 34405 32112 30391
    COPPER 427 417 410 400 394 384 377
    CRUDE 4634 4476 4219 4140 3962 3804 3626
    Week ahead: Important Economic Data

    Date Country / Currency Event IST Actual Cons. Previous Effect
    10DEC. USD Crude Oil Inventories 21:00     -3.7M  
    11DEC. USD Core Retail Sales m/m 19:00   0.1% 0.3%  
      USD Retail Sales m/m 19:00   0.3% 0.3%  
      USD Unemployment Claims 19:00   299K 297K  
      USD Natural Gas Storage 21:00     -22B  
    12DEC. USD PPI m/m 19:00   -0.1% 0.2%  
      USD Prelim UoM Consumer Sentiment 20:25   89.6 88.8  

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