MARKET REPORT


Gold closed the week in the green adding 15.00 to end at 1212.70 on bargain 
hunting and market boredom. There was little action this week and volumes were 
extremely low due to the holiday which allowed gold to react strongly to the 
buying surge by bargain hunters. Gold futures ended modestly higher on Friday 
after fluctuating for much of the session, after the dollar weakened against a 
basket of major currencies on low volumes due to Christmas holidays. For the 
week, gold gained about 0.9%. In economic news, initial jobless claims for 
unemployment benefits in the U.S. declined sharply for the week ended 
December 21. Initial jobless claims tumbled to 338,000, a decrease of 42,000 from 
the previous week’s revised figure of 380,000. Economists expected claims to 
drop to 340,000 from the 379,000 originally reported for the previous week. In 
economic news elsewhere, profit earned by Chinese industrial firms rose 9.7% in 
November, compared to the 15.1% annual rise witnessed in the previous month, 
the National Bureau of Statistics reported. Bullion has fallen more than 25% 
this year, hurt partly by the long-expected tapering of the US Federal Reserve’s 
bond-buying stimulus program, which has been a key driver of gold’s rally in 
recent years. Premiums for gold bars inched up to a high of $2 an ounce above 
spot London prices in Hong Kong, higher than $1.50 last week on some tightness 
at the end of the year as dealers awaited the arrival of fresh supply from Europe 
next month. 

Silver ended the week on a strong note moving back over the $20 price level to 
close at 20.068 as economic data supported increased demand on the industrial 
side and a slightly higher interest in precious metals. From a momentum and 
performance point-of-view, silver found a cycle low this past summer. From a 
relative performance perspective, silver has been outperforming gold since late 
July. This impressions us to believe the low inflation backdrop is shifting discretely 
beneath the markets as gold and silver have tested the panic lows from early 
summer and look poised for reversal into 2014. 


Crude Oil ended the week above the $100 price level after the delayed holiday EIA 
inventory showed a larger drop in supplies that expected. The price of oil got a 
boost from a drop in applications for unemployment benefits, the latest sign of 
recovery in the U.S. job market, and expectations of a decline in U.S. crude 
stockpiles. Optimism about the U.S. economic recovery lifted expectations for the 
country’s energy demand. A report from the Energy Department’s Energy 
Information Administration released Friday showed that U.S. crude stockpiles fell 
4.7 million barrels last week to 367.6 million barrels. Brent Oil on the other hand 
ended the week on a strong note at 112.050 after geopolitical issues pushed 
traders stress levels upward. Civil war is about to break out in Sudan and Libya has 
been unable to turn away protestors at the ports who are stopping oil exports. 
Market analysts attributed the rise in crude oil futures to a firming trend in Asia 
on supply concerns following escalating violence in oil-producer South Sudan, but 
gains were capped as dealers sat on the sidelines awaiting fresh leads after the 

Natural Gas tumbled at the end of the week giving up almost 20 cents for the 
week after touching a high of 4.577 on Monday as cold weather blanketed the US. 
With the holiday in the middle of the week traders continued to push prices up 
hoping that the weekly EIA inventory would show a drop in stocks. Natural gas 
declined Friday as traders shifted their focus from an as-expected government 
storage report to forecasts for moderate temperatures next week, which could 
reduce demand for the heating fuel. Natural gas inventories fell by 177 billion 
cubic feet in the week ended Dec. 20, the Energy Information Administration said 
Friday. Analysts and traders had expected a 178-bcf draw, according to a Wall 
Street Journal survey. Demand for natural gas has been substantial due to 
widespread colder-than-average temperatures, which have boosted demand for 
indoor heating. About half of U.S. households use natural gas as their primary 
heating fuel, according to the EIA. While the number was stronger than average 
for this time of year, it was a significant reduction from the prior week’s 
drawdown of 285 bcf, which was the biggest on record. 


Copper ended a rocky week at 3.38 much higher than its usual trading range 
around the 3.32 level. An erroneous trade before the holiday sent the currency 
soaring above the 3.42 price level and has left traders in a quandary as technical 
buying and selling kicked off as the prices rose. Meanwhile, China’s industrial 
output is likely to grow by about 9.8% in 2013, the Ministry of Industry and 
Information Technology said. Copper prices rose to their highest in more than 
four months on Friday, lifted by tightening supplies and expectations that 
economic recovery in top consumer China will help boost demand for industrial 
metals next year. Copper prices are on track to rise almost 5% in December, their 
biggest monthly gain since September last year, but are still 7 % lower in the year 
to date. China’s economic growth is likely to come in at 7.6% this year, according 
to a cabinet report cited by the official Xinhua news agency, just above the 
government’s target of 7.5% and slightly below last year’s 7.7%. 


MCX Crude Oil January as seen in the weekly chart above has opened the week at 6175 
levels initially moved sharply higher as it crossed crucial resistance level of 6180. Later 
prices rallied sharply and finally closed sharply higher from the previous week closing 
level 6247. 
For the next week, Crude Oil prices to find support in the range of 6180-6160 levels & 
finally towards the strong support at 6120-6080 levels. Resistance is observed in the 
range of 6335-6358 levels & then finally towards the strong resistance at 6390 levels. 

TARGET OF 6400 TO 6425 WITH SL OF 6160. 


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