Stocks fluctuated on Monday, with markets accessing the global macro data along with the Fed meeting coming up this week. Manufacturing PMI indices pointed to further correction in major producing countries, with China contractionary for the second month straight, and the US index falling month-on-month, but expansionary; lead times continue to weigh on supplier deliveries, and labour shortages stall port activity. The dollar softened, and the 10yr US Treasury yield held its ground.
LME metals have been mixed, with zinc and tin lower on the day. Copper prices edged higher in the first half of the day, to find resistance at $9,600/t to close at $9,555/t; the cash to 3-month spread has tightened up to $438/t, the highest since mid-October. Nickel fluctuated, breaking above $19,700/t resistance level to close higher at $19,702/t. Likewise, aluminium was mostly range-bound and found a support level at $2,700/t before closing at $2,719.50/t. Zinc and tin traded lower to close on the back foot below at $3,357.50/t and $36,970/t, respectively.
Oil futures gained ground after a rise in stockpiles was seen at the biggest US storage facility, suggesting that the supply chain strains might be slowing. WTI and Brent traded at $84.13/bl and $84.63/bl. Precious metals were all higher, with gold and silver edging up to $1,793.33/oz and $23.99/oz, respectively.
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All price data is from 01.11.2021 as of 17:30