US stocks fluctuated on the back of mixed corporate earnings reports. The dollar softened marginally, and the 10yr US Treasury yield weakened for the fourth straight day. UK gilt 10yr yield fell to 0.985% after Chancellor of the Exchequer Sunak said the economy is on track to grow at the fastest rate in nearly 50 years, but inflation remains a threat. In comparison, Germany cut its growth outlook to 2.6% this year before gaining ground in 2022 on the back of softer supply pressures and easing impacts from the pandemic. China’s industrial profit growth picked up to 16.3% y/y in September, mostly driven by higher input prices.
Another day of stronger declines on the LME market yesterday, after the latest measure from the Chinese government to cap coal prices. Aluminium saw the biggest decline, down 5.50% on the day, the eighth consecutive decline, as it breached the key support level of $2,800/t to close at August levels at $2,686/t. Likewise, zinc fell below the support level of $3,400/t to close at $3,335/t. Copper managed to find support above $9,500/t but still closed lower on the day at $9,548/t. Nickel tested resistance at £20,400/t in the first half of the day before selling off to $19,400/t support level; the metal closed at $19,412/t. Lead closed at $2,384.50/t; cash to 3-month spread has widened out to $35.25/t.
Oil futures declined yesterday after an unexpected rise in US crude inventories. WTI and Brent traded at $83.24/bl and $84.93/bl, respectively. Precious metals were mixed, with gold marginally higher on the day up to $1,794.43/oz, while silver declined to $24.10/oz.
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All price data is from 27.10.2021 as of 17:30