Global stocks were mostly higher, whilst the US is off celebrating Thanksgiving after the Fed minutes pointed to willingness to taper purchases at a faster rate to keep inflation in check. The officials have also stated that the range for the fed funds rate might be raised sooner than expected if inflation keeps running hot. The dollar futures softened. Meanwhile, China’s State Council called to sell more special bonds this year as means of boosting liquidity, as it aims to lessen the use of monetary policy tools. Germany grew by less than expected in Q3 due to weaker government spending, further complicating the outlook for Q4, which is likely to be even weaker given the current outbreak of COVID-19 cases.
Volumes were weak yesterday due to Thanksgiving; metals prices consolidated this morning but were sold this afternoon after China’s late-night session. Aluminium found support above $2,700/t for most of the day before closing marginally higher at $2,717.50/t; the cash to 3-month spread tightened marginally to $8.50/t. Lead was also seen higher on the day, closing before the resistance of $2,290/t at $2,270.50/t. Copper weakened, testing support $9,750/t before closing slightly higher at $9,801.50/t. Likewise, nickel and zinc lost ground closer to the day-end, closing at $20,667/t and $3,300.50/t, respectively. Iron ore prices suffered the most, with SGX contact falling down below $100/mt, as it struggled to gauge appetite for prices above this level.
Oil futures slipped after OPEC stated that tapping into reserves from the US and others might swell the surplus of crude globally, and as a result, some members have indicated a possibility of cancelling an output hike during the next meeting in January. WTI and Brent traded at $78.13/bl and $82.24/bl. Gold and silver were range-bound, edging marginally higher to $1,789.99/oz and $23.64/oz, respectively.
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All price data is from 25.11.2021 as of 17:30