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Copper Warehouse Stocks Decline


At least into the start of the US Thursday trade, the copper charts have forged a noted break down and do not appear to be benefiting from talk of China building up strategic commodity reserves in their latest five-year plan. Perhaps the market is undermined as-a-result of a pattern breaking, noted daily increase in LME copper warehouse stocks of 2,250 tons. However, LME copper warehouse stocks are fresh off a 20-day decline and remain near the lowest level since December 2005.


Technically the December gold contract forged a 4-day upside breakout yesterday, but the breakout was not a definitive move and so-far has lacked sustained momentum. Unfortunately, for the bull camp the gold market has not benefited from news overnight that South African gold output in July declined by 10.2%. However, December gold prices this morning have been pinned to those highs as if the market is poised to claw out more gains today. In the silver market, there has been 5 straight days of outflows from silver ETF’s, the silver market did not see much lift from the gold rally yesterday with only minimal gains this morning seen from Dollar weakness.


Unfortunately for PGM market bulls the markets overnight do not appear to have garnered lift from news that total South African PGM output in July declined by 4.6% on a year-over-year basis. The palladium market has remained within a tight coiling range today despite periodic strength in gold, weakness in the dollar and a flicker of hope for increased Chinese demand from the Chinese five-year plan calling for increased stockpiles of strategic metals. Unfortunately, palladium ETF’s are not seeing any signs of interest from investors and platinum substitution of palladium predictions continue to flow from many market participants.

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