Despite a 2.8% rise in copper, the metal still failed to close above $4.00/lb. I think that is a telling sign that industrial metals will fall, though they might consolidate at these high levels as the USD falls. But gold and silver can be expected to perform well.
Other base metals followed copper with three-months aluminium rising by $US112 to $US3,100 and nickel up $US475 to $US29,350.Lead rose $US63 to $US2,958 and tin was at $US20,650/20,700 versus $US20,400/20,450. Zinc rose $US22 to $2,372. NYMEX May crude closed at a record $US110.87, a gain of $US2.37 (2.18%), after trading betweeen $US107.95 to $US112.21. This is the highest level since NYMEX launched crude oil trading in 1983. The previous record was $US110.33 set on March 13 while the prior intraday high was $US111.80 hit on March 17.
Gold prices rallied 2% higher, reaching a high of $932.60 an ounce. Trading volumes are low in anticipation of a central bank and G7 meetings later in the week, which could offer guidance as to future policy on currencies and bullion sales. The IMF has announced plans to sell some of its gold reserves, but this would have little impact on prices since its likely to proceed in a gradual manner. The IMF is the world's third-largest gold holder after the USA and Germany, with 3,217.3 tonnes in reserves. It plans to sell 403.3 tonnes and use the proceeds to invest in government and corporate bonds, and possibly equities. Its possible that these events will bring gold back to the $850/oz support for gold that I have discussed already.
Andrew Sheldon www.sheldonthinks.com