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Covid-19 Weighs on Commodities Prices

Highlights:

  • ENERGY:
    Brent crude slumped by 0.8% to $70.04 a barrel, while WTI crude futures lost 0.55%, or 38 cents, to $68.87.
    The September Nymex contract for natural gas lost 3.7 cents to $4.022/MMBtu. 
  • METALS:
    Gold traded at $1,751.27 per ounce while silver dropped by 0.5% to $23.40 per ounce.
    Copper futures in India advanced by 0.3% to Rs 737.50 per kg.
  • AGRICULTURAL:
    The soybeans futures contract for September delivery eased 1¼¢ to close at $13.47 a bu. 

Corn futures for September advanced by 7¢ to settle at $5.56¼ a bu. 

 

 

Oil slipped after the White House statement

The White House urged OPEC to boost oil production on Wednesday, saying recent planned increases are insufficient as countries worldwide seek to rise from the Covid-19 pandemic.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement that recent production increases planned by OPEC would not fully offset previous production cuts made by OPEC and its oil-producing allies during the pandemic.

Sullivan said that at a critical time in the global recovery, this is not enough.

Brent crude, the international benchmark for oil, slumped by 0.8% to $70.04 a barrel after the White House announcement. 

WTI crude futures lost 0.55%, or 38 cents, to $68.87.

 

The spread of the Delta variant changed the course of the crude oil demand. Restrictions that were imposed in several major oil-consuming countries resulted in reduced mobility and oil consumption. 

In July, OPEC and a group of Russian-led oil producers agreed to release millions of barrels of crude over the next two years, pledging to restore all the cuts they made at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. They agreed to boost output by 400,000 BPD a month starting from August. The group chose to move gradually, with monthly installments of new oil until the end of 2022. 

The IEA lowered its 2021 global oil demand growth forecast by 100,000 barrels a day. Meanwhile, the organization upgraded its 2022 forecast by 200,000 barrels a day. 

 

Natural gas on downward pressure for the sixth consecutive session

Natural gas futures slipped in early trading. The September Nymex contract lost 3.7 cents to $4.022/MMBtu.

According to NetGasWeather, the temperature has been cooler than average over most of the US. 

Bespoke Weather Services believe that the widespread heat in the eastern half of the country will lead to the hottest summer period during the week. However, the wind is reaching speeds much higher than the previous week, although it seems that at the weekend, it will fade. So, another round of above-normal heat is expected in the Midwest. 

Oil boosts as demand outlook improves. Gold hits 1-week low Gold ascended after the inflation figures

Gold increased on Thursday since fears eased that the Fed would start tapering early. 

Spot gold was little changed at $1,751.27 per ounce, having posted its biggest one-day percentage gain since May 6 on Wednesday. US gold futures advanced by 0.1% to $1,754.00.

StoneX analyst Rhona O’Connell stated that the question has been tapering for the gold market. However, these arguments weakened after the latest CPI numbers. 

 

Meanwhile, silver dropped by 0.5% to $23.40 per ounce.

 

Copper hiked on spot demand

Copper prices have expanded in India. In fact, copper contracts for August delivery advanced by 0.3% to Rs 737.50 per kg.

Analysts believe that the rise in the red metal prices resulted from a pick-up in the spot demand.

 

Corn and soybeans prices slipped

Agricultural commodities traded in the mixed territory on Wednesday ahead of US Department of Agriculture updates on monthly supply and demand. 

Soybean and corn futures slipped despite crop export sales to China supporting soybeans prices. The soybeans futures contract for September delivery eased 1¼¢ to close at $13.47 a bu. 

Corn futures for September advanced by 7¢ to settle at $5.56¼ a bu. 

Coffee prices have moved lower over the past six weekCoffee futures are in the temporary uptrend

Coffee futures started in August with a price of $1.7935 per pound. The price of $1.7160 has been supported for the commodity this month. The average support is located at $1.7180. 

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