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Copper Prices Extend Breakneck Rally


Despite weakness in Chinese equities overnight, a measure of disappointment over the breath of Chinese government housing project support, and the threat of a US/China trade war, copper prices have extended the breakneck rally of the prior five trading sessions with a five-day low to high rally of $0.34. In fact, bullish sentiment appears so strong that despite spec and fund long positioning in futures and futures options positions nearing record levels, the market does not appear to lack additional buying capacity. Apparently, Asian copper traders have shown some hesitancy to “pay up” and despite what is typically a seasonal upswing in consumption, many buyers are noting softer than expected physical demand.

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While international inflation measures might not actually correlate with inflation in the US, the markets overnight were presented with an avalanche of inflation readings registering a range of results from steady inflation to red hot inflation. In fact, beyond the standard scheduled inflation reports, the markets also saw Japanese and Indian April wholesale price index readings jump at the fastest pace in over a year. However, many central bankers and economists see inflation coming under control throughout the world which in turn makes today’s US PPI and tomorrow’s US CPI a very critical junction for global inflationary expectations. While we suspect the ebb and flow of central bank monetary policy expectations, currency fluctuations and interest rate fluctuations will ultimately dominate the direction of gold and silver, in the near-term prices might only see a small measure of classic fundamental support from another decline in South African gold output which adds to a very long pre-existing pattern of declining production. South African February gold output was revised to 5% lower with March output reported to have declined by 4.5%. However, the ebb and flow of global central bank purchases, fluctuations in speculative trading and changes in retail demand leave production as a hindsight influence. From a technical perspective, the gold and silver charts favor the bear camp with trading volume on the May recovery bounce notably lower than trading volume seen in the big March and April rallies. However, the fundamental impact on gold and silver could temporarily dominate action today with the bull camp badly needing the potential for the US Fed to cut rates to become a fixture again in the trade.


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