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Commodity Snapshot: Oil Up Amid OPEC Discussions; Citi Analyst Forecasts Gold Surge to $3,000.

Commodity Snapshot shows Oil prices rose after Memorial Holiday due to better demand and OPEC meeting anticipation, while gold prices fell. Brent oil and WTI fell 2% and 3%, respectively, due to FOMC minutes suggesting interest rate increases to control inflation.

Investors focus on U.S. inflation data and OPEC meeting, with holiday travel indicating strong travel. Improved fuel efficiency and electric vehicles may temper gasoline consumption, while Middle East tensions support crude oil prices.

Gold price has fallen 3% last week, dropping to $2,335.20/oz, following a record high of $2,454.20/oz on May 20.

Citi global head of commodities research, Max Layton, predicts gold will reach $3,000 in the next 12 months due to “off the charts” demand from China, a shift from property spending to gold retail.

Energy

Crude oil (CL1:COM) +0.47% to $78.96.
Natural Gas (NG1:COM) -0.02% to $2.50.

Metals

Palladium (XPDUSD:CUR) -1.31% to $983.00.
Platinum (XPTUSD:CUR) -0.75% to $1,056.70.
Gold (XAUUSD:CUR) -0.32% to $2,344.84.

Agriculture

Corn (C_1:COM) +0.23% to $467.07.
Wheat (W_1:COM) -1.17% to $706.66.
Soybeans (S_1:COM) -0.46% to $1,244.35.

Must read book about investing – check here Commodity Snapshot Commodity Snapshot Commodity SnapshotCommodity Snapshot European natural gas futures reached a two-week high of €31/MWh Commodity Snapshotdue to geopolitical tensions and supply disruption fears. Gas-fired power generation remains more profitable for utilities than coal-fired power.

European natural gas futures reached a two-week high of €31/MWh due to geopolitical tensions and supply disruption fears. Gas-fired power generation remains more profitable for utilities than coal-fired power.

Gold prices are expected to gain for the first time since October due to the US Federal Reserve’s anticipated interest rate cut in June. The Reserve Bank of India’s gold holding increased to 812.3 tonnes in January, from 803.58 tonnes in December 2023. However, Commerzbank sees limited upside potential due to the mystery surrounding the price increase. It is unlikely that gold prices will fall back to February levels, as the Fed is expected to cut interest rates in June.

Spot gold was trading -0.3% lower at $2,176.89 an ounce as markets awaited the release of U.S. CPI data, which could influence the Federal Reserve’s policy path. A hotter-than-expected reading could delay the central bank’s easing cycle. Low interest rates help bullion by reducing the opportunity cost of holding the zero-yielding asset. A mixed tone prevailed across commodity sectors, with China’s economic growth concerns affecting bulks and supply concerns supporting industrial metals.

Natural gas and crude oil prices were trading in the green, while oil prices fell earlier due to persistent demand concerns in China. NS Trading president Hiroyuki Kikukawa said that concerns over weak demand in China outweighed the extension of supply cuts by OPEC+. Mixed US jobs data prompted some traders to adjust positions. However, losses will be capped by increased geopolitical risk, with the possibility of a ceasefire in the Hamas-Israel war and conflict expansion in Russia and its neighbors. Europe remains the most impacted region, as oil product shipments from Asia have fallen since January. OPEC+’s voluntary production cut agreement could tighten the market as demand recovers from its seasonal lull.

Natural gas and crude oil prices were trading in the green, while oil prices fell earlier due to persistent demand concerns in China. NS Trading president Hiroyuki Kikukawa said that concerns over weak demand in China outweighed the extension of supply cuts by OPEC+. Mixed US jobs data prompted some traders to adjust positions. However, losses will be capped by increased geopolitical risk, with the possibility of a ceasefire in the Hamas-Israel war and conflict expansion in Russia and its neighbors. Europe remains the most impacted region, as oil product shipments from Asia have fallen since January. OPEC+’s voluntary production cut agreement could tighten the market as demand recovers from its seasonal lull.

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