Gold prices dipped in Asia on Tuesday with the dual combination of a stronger dollar - 25 Oct 2016

Commodity Intraday Tips

PRECIOUS METALS

Gold prices dipped in Asia on Tuesday with the dual combination of a stronger dollar and rising expectations of a Fed rate hike by the end of the year keeping sentiment downbeat.Gold for December delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange fell 0.07% to $1,262.85 a troy ounce. Also on the Comex, silver futures for December delivery eased 0.18% to $17.572 a troy ounce.Overnight, gold prices faced selling as expectations rose for a Fed rate hike by the end of the year. Investors currently price a 73.6% chance of a rate hike at the Fed's December meeting, according to federal funds futures tracked on Investing.com's Fed Rate Monitor Tool.

BASE METALS

LME copper will range between USD 4,640-4,670/mt during Asian trading hours on Tuesday and SHFE 1612 copper is expected to move at RMB 37,300-37,600/mt. Market will eye US August home prices, October IBD consumer confidence index and October Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index today.US housing starts and building permits fell sharply in August, and new home sales and existing home sales fell unexpectedly. But, single home permits increased in August, and inventories of existing house are limited. Home prices rose faster than wages. Hence, US housing market is still positive and home price index is expected to extend gains in August.

ENERGIES

Crude prices held weaker in Asia on Tuesday as investors assessed chances of a finalized and workable plan for a complicated output curb pact that includes OPEC and Russia and noted a stronger dollar hitting demand.U.S. crude futures for December delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell 0.12% to $50.46 a barrel. On the ICE Futures Exchange in London, the December Brent contract traded down 0.23% to $51.34 a barrel. Later on Tuesday, the American Petroleum Institute will release its estimates of crude and refined product inventories in the U.S. at the end of last week. The figures are followed on Wednesday by closely-watched official data from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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