Gold Lower, Hits 7-Week Low & Closes at Technically Bearish Monthly Low Close
Gold prices ended the U.S. day session lower, near the daily low,
hit a seven-week low and also closed at a technically bearish monthly
low close on this last trading day of the month and the quarter. The
gold bulls are in a real funk at present. Not even dovish comments from
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen at a speech Monday could help out
the beleaguered yellow metal. June gold was last down $9.90 at $1,284.50 an ounce. Spot gold was last quoted down $10.30 at $1,285.00. May Comex silver last traded down $0.04 at $19.75 an ounce.
Yellen spoke at a gathering in Chicago and
said the U.S. central bank needs to keep interest rates extremely low
to prop up the still very shaky U.S. jobs market. Traders and investors
are awaiting a heavy slate of U.S. economic data due out this week,
capped by the jobs report on Friday.
In overnight news, the annual inflation rate
in the European Union rose by 0.5%, year-on-year, which is the lowest
rate since 2009. This reading is well below the 2% annual inflation
target set by the European Central Bank. The latest inflation report is
another clue the ECB will implement more monetary policy stimulus at
some point soon. The ECB holds its monthly monetary policy meeting on
Thursday, including a press conference by ECB president Mario Draghi.
Market expectations are that the ECB will not change its monetary
policy at Thursday’s meeting.
Russia’s annexation of the Crimea region of
Ukraine remains a geopolitical tension, but not quite a front-burner
markets issue at this time. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with
the Russian foreign minister during the weekend, but little progress
was made, reports said.
The London P.M. gold fixing was $1,291.75 versus the previous P.M. fixing of $1,294.75.
Technically, June gold futures
prices closed nearer the session low Monday and scored a bearish
monthly low close. Serious near-term chart damage has been inflicted
recently, including more Monday. Prices are in a steep three-week-old
downtrend on the daily bar chart. The bears have the near-term
technical advantage. The gold bulls’ next upside near-term price
breakout objective is to produce a close above solid technical
resistance at $1,300.00. Bears' next near-term downside breakout price
objective is closing prices below solid technical support at $1,250.00.
First resistance is seen at $1,290.00 and then at $1,300.00. First
support is seen at Monday’s low of $1,283.10 and then at $1,275.00.
Wyckoff’s Market Rating: 3.0
May silver futures
prices closed near the session low Monday. Prices are hovering near a
seven-week low. Prices are also in a five-week-old downtrend on the
daily bar chart. The bears have the solid near-term technical advantage.
Silver bulls’ next upside price breakout objective is closing prices
above solid technical resistance at $20.63 an ounce. The next downside
price breakout objective for the bears is closing prices below solid
technical support at $19.00. First resistance is seen at Monday’s high
of $20.01 and then at $20.25. Next support is seen at last week’s low
of $19.575 and then at $19.50. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 2.5.
May N.Y. copper closed down 125 points at
302.90 cents Monday. Prices closed nearer the session low after hitting
a three-week high early on. Bears have the overall near-term technical
advantage. Copper bulls' next upside breakout objective is pushing and
closing prices above solid technical resistance at 310.00 cents. The
next downside price breakout objective for the bears is closing prices
below solid technical support at the March low of 287.70 cents. First
resistance is seen at Monday’s high of 305.00 cents and then at 306.00
cents. First support is seen at 300.00 cents and then at 298.00 cents.
Wyckoff's Market Rating: 3.0.
CRUDE OIL TECHNICAL ANALYSIS – Prices are pushing higher as expected
after putting in a bullish Morning Star candlestick pattern. A break
above resistance at 100.83, the 23.6% Fibonacci expansion, has exposed
the 38.2% level at 102.87. Pushing further above that aims for the 50%
Fib at 104.52. Alternatively, a move back below 100.83 exposes the 14.6%
expansion at 99.57.
2014-04-01 03:30 GMT (or 05:30 MQ MT5 time) | [AUD - Cash Rate]
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Australia Retains Record Low Interest Rate
The Reserve Bank of Australia left its key interest rate unchanged
at a record low on Tuesday as policymakers viewed that a period of
stability in interest rates is likely to be the most prudent course.
monetary board led by Governor Glenn Stevens decided to maintain the
cash rate at 2.50 percent as widely expected by economists.
The RBA has reduced the cash rate by a cumulative 225 basis points since November 2011 to help the economy sustain demand in areas outside the resources sector in view of fading support from the mining boom.
said last week there is encouraging early evidence that the so-called
'handover' from mining-led demand growth to broader private demand
growth is beginning.
Today RBA said resources sector investment
spending is set to decline significantly and, at this stage, signs of
improvement in investment intentions in other sectors are only
tentative. Public spending is expected to be subdued.
to the central bank's assessment, the decline in the exchange rate from
its highs a year ago will assist in achieving balanced growth in the
The bank expects inflation to be consistent with the 2-3
percent target over the next two years. The board judged that monetary
policy is appropriately configured to foster sustainable growth in
demand and inflation outcomes consistent with the target.
to policymakers, continued accommodative monetary policy should provide
support to demand, and help growth to strengthen over time.
2014-04-01 07:15 GMT (or 09:15 MQ MT5 time) | [EUR - Spanish Manufacturing PMI]
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Spanish Manufacturing Sector Maintains Momentum
Spain's manufacturing sector maintained growth momentum in March
with rates of expansion in both output and new orders accelerating from
February, data from Markit Economics showed Tuesday.
seasonally adjusted Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 52.8 in March
from 52.5 in February. The reading pointed to a fourth consecutive
monthly strengthening of business conditions.
new orders rose at the sharpest pace in almost four years in March.
With new orders continuing to rise, manufacturing firms in Spain
increased their production levels.
Staffing levels were broadly
unchanged, however, following modest rises in the previous two months.
Input costs decreased for the second time in the past three months
during March. In turn, firms lowered their prices charged.
recent pick-up in the Spanish manufacturing sector continued in March,
finishing off a solid first quarter," Andrew Harker, senior economist at
Markit and author of the report, said.
Sharper rises in both new and existing orders suggest that further growth of output is likely in the near-term, added Harker.
2014-04-01 08:30 GMT (or 10:30 MQ MT5 time) | [GBP - Manufacturing PMI]
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U.K. Manufacturing Growth Eases To 8-Month Low
The U.K. manufacturing sector growth slowed unexpectedly to an
eight-month low in March, survey data from Markit Economics showed
The seasonally adjusted Markit/Chartered Institute of
Purchasing & Supply Purchasing Manager's Index fell to 55.3 in March
from 56.2 in February, signaling a further cooling of growth from the
peaks scaled towards the end of last year.
The score was forecast to rise to 56.7 in March. Nonetheless, the above neutral 50 reading indicates expansion in the sector.
Manufacturers continued to scale up production at a solid clip in March. However, rates of increase for output and new business cooled further from the highs registered during the second half of last year.
employment increased for the eleventh consecutive month in March with
the rate of jobs growth staying close to February's near three-year
March data signaled a moderation in price pressures. Average
input costs fell for the first time in over one-and-a-half years and
output charge inflation eased to a seven-month low.
Investors Sue 12 Banks, Allege Conspiracy to Rig Forex Markets
A dozen large investors filed a joint
lawsuit against 12 banks for allegedly conspiring to rig global
foreign-exchange prices, according to a new consolidated complaint.
class-action lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Southern
District of New York late Monday, was from a group of investors across
the U.S. and Caribbean, including city and state pension plans.
accused the banks of communicating "with one another, including in chat
rooms, via instant messages, and by emails, to carry out their
conspiracy," and for rigging foreign-exchange rates as far back as
January 2003, the lawsuit said.
The banks sued were
the following :
Representatives for these banks either declined to comment or couldn't be reached.
private lawsuits follow an international regulatory probe into the
manipulation of currency markets and constitute the latest headache for
several major banks that have been scrutinized for their conduct
relating to everything from global interest-rate benchmarks to credit
embroiled in the forex probes have suspended or fired more than 20
traders, mostly in New York and London. Earlier this month, BNP and BofA
became the latest to suspend staff. The Bank of England has suspended a
staff member relating to the probe.
investors behind the consolidated lawsuit are: Aureus Currency Fund LP,
a Santa Rosa, Calif., investment fund; the City of Philadelphia and its
board of pensions and retirement; the Employees' Retirement System for
the Government of the Virgin Islands; the Employees' Retirement System
of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority; Fresno County Employees'
Retirement Association; Haverhill Retirement System for the city of
Haverhill, Mass.; Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System;
State-Boston Retirement System; Tiberius OC Fund, a Cayman Islands fund;
Value Recovery Fund LLC, a Delaware fund with offices in Connecticut;
Syena Global Emerging Markets Fund LP, a hedge fund in Connecticut; and
the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
the complaint, the investors accused the banks of controlling
foreign-exchange rates via a "small and close-knit group of traders."
They alleged it became possible for banks to rig the market because the
traders "have strong ties formed by working with one another in prior
trading positions" and by in many cases living "in the same
neighborhoods in the Essex countryside just northeast of London's
"They belong to the
same social clubs, golf together, dine together and sit on many of the
same charity boards," the complaint adds.
of the investors had previously filed individual claims in recent
months, before their claims were consolidated into the group lawsuit.
The damages the investors are seeking were unspecified in the complaint.
2014-04-01 14:00 GMT (or 16:00 MQ MT5 time) | [USD - ISM Manufacturing PMI]
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U.S. Manufacturing Activity Expands At Slightly Faster Rate In March
Activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector expanded at a slightly
faster rate in the month of March, according to a report released by the
Institute for Supply Management on Tuesday, although the index of
activity in the sector rose by a little less than expected.
ISM said its purchasing managers index crept up to 53.7 in March from
53.2 in February, with a reading above 50 indicating growth in the
manufacturing sector. Economists had expected the index to climb to a
reading of 54.0.
Bradley Holcomb, chair of the ISM Manufacturing
Business Survey Committee, said, "Several comments from the panel
reflect favorable demand and good business conditions, with some lingering concerns about the particularly adverse weather conditions across the country."
modest increase by the headline index was partly due to a substantial
rebound in production, as the production index surged up to 55.9 in
March after tumbling to 48.2 in February.
The ISM said the sharp jump by the production index reflects the largest month-over-month increase since June of 2009.
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