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Atlas Iron in Australia delays New Iron Ore Mine

Atlas Iron delays the construction of its new mine due to the dropping prices of the commodity. The development of the Corunna Downs mine was announced when iron ore was trading at around $95 a tonne that is way back early this year. 

Since oversupply and weak demand from steelmakers around the world, prices have retreated to under $60 a tonne.

 

According to the company, they will proceed with the development when commodity market conditions improves as Corunna Downs remains an important project for Atlas to sustain its production base.

The mine was a key plank in efforts to rebuild the company's yearly production rate to 12 million tonnes, after the firm almost collapsed during a previous down cycle before being rescued by creditors.

Atlas was forced to suspend mining in April 2015 when it was losing $15 for each tonne mined. It faces higher costs than some other Australian producers because it uses road, not rail, to ship ore up to 230 kilometers (140 miles) to port. 

Within a year, the mines were back running, after 70% of Atlas was transferred to creditors in exchange for a 48% reduction in debt. Inventories of imported iron ore at Chinese ports last stood at 138.95 million tonnes. 

 

 

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Ethereum Plummeted 15% as Demand Rapidly Growing

Ethereum a new generation currency rival of bitcoin plummeted more than 15% overnight due to the growing demand and increased worries it may face a divisive debate on how to upgrade its network. 

It dropped as low as $303 before steadying at $328. Earlier this month the digital currency reached a record $402. 

 

The sharp fall comes after Ethereum shot up more than 3,000% this year, far surpassing bitcoin's already stellar 180% gain and coming close to beating bitcoin as the digital currency with the greatest market value.

It has grown in popularity for its ability to support applications, potentially becoming a structure for a decentralized, next generation internet.

Investors demand at the funding launch for Status clogged the Ethereum network. Online investors were also reportedly unable to withdraw funds from digital currency depositories known as Wallets.

Ethereum trading on Wednesday was also affected by an outage of the GDAX exchange run by Coinbase. Some traders online noted orders for ethereum being placed this afternoon at far below the $300 price. 

 

In the last several weeks, a surge in digital currency prices has contributed to a flood of investor demand, which has overwhelmed websites and attracted cyber attacks. Growing pains have affected both as well. Bitcoin's price fluctuated in the last few months as developers debated the best way to upgrade the network. 

News last week that two upgrade methods, BIP148 and SegWit2x, may be able to work together helped bitcoin recover from its lows of the month. Now, a flood of demand for Ethereum has increased similar concerns.

 

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Wall Street edges Lower as Energy and Financials Slump with Oil

Wall Street was weighed down by falling energy shares as oil prices fell and added to investor concerns about low inflation, while healthcare and technology stocks helped lift the Nasdaq Composite index.

Energy was the weakest S&P sector with a 1.6% decline after oil prices reversed course during the morning session and US crude touched its lowest point since August despite larger than expected declines in inventories.

Continued weakness in oil futures added to investor worries about inflation and as a result hurt cyclical such as banks and industrial.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average 57.11 points, or 0.27%, to close at 21,410.03, the S&P 500 lost 1.42 points, or 0.06%, dropping to 2,435.61 and the Nasdaq Composite added 45.92 points, or 0.74%, rising to 6,233.95.

The energy index has fallen 14.9% so far this year compared with an 8.9% rise for the S&P 500. Oil futures have fallen about 21% so far this year.

Investors looking for growth opportunities turned to Nasdaq, which contains many technology and biotechnology companies. Biotech and pharmaceutical investors have taken note. The Nasdaq Biotech Index is up 8% since Friday's close, its best three day run since November.

 

 

 

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Domestic Equities in China will Join MSCI's Global Benchmark Indices

Domestic equities in China will join MSCI’s benchmark indices. The decision, announced by the New York based index compiler. A move that should help the capital market of the world’s second largest economy edge towards becoming more globally integrated. 

After three failed attempts, it has finally succeeded and it will give China’s $6.9 trillion stock market a bigger role in everything. The Emerging Markets Index previously excluded mainland traded stocks due to concerns about restrictions on purchases by overseas investors and flawed rules in listed companies trading suspension. The gauge currently only includes shares of Chinese companies listed in Hong Kong or the US.

 

According to the index compiler, China’s A shares will initially represent a 0.73% weighting in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index and the weighting could increase further over time if China implements more changes in its market reform. 

The full inclusion of domestic Chinese stocks in the widely tracked MSCI Emerging Markets Index could pull more than $400 billion of funds from asset managers, pension funds and insurers into mainland China’s equity markets over the next decade.

MSCI made its decision after the Chinese regulators made it easier for foreign investors to access mainland equities through the two Stock Connect trading links between Hong Kong and Shanghai/Shenzhen and restricted the number of trading suspensions by listed companies. 

It had ejected inclusions over the past three years, citing concerns including capital controls and listed company abuse of the trading halt rules. 

 

However, months ago the MSCI moved to relax its investment criteria by cutting the number of stocks to 169 from 448 in a bid to address curbs on repatriating capital from China and concerns over the country’s high number of suspended stocks.

The revised proposal helped address these issues because the 169 stocks can be easily accessed by foreigners through the “Stock Connect” link launched in 2014 and significantly expanded in December.

MSCI said it planned to add the 222 stocks and will begin a review of the A-shares and include them in provisional indices beginning in August.

 

 

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Rio Tinto declined Glencore’s Bid to Buy its Thermal Coal Asset

Rio Tinto has rejected a bid from FTSE 100 rival Glencore to buy its coal mines in Australia, opting to stick with its initial buyer, Chinese-backed Yancoal.

The Anglo Australian group said that Yancoal was the preferred bidder because unlike Glencore it had already achieved regulatory clearances for the deal, meaning it could complete sooner.

Rio said it had received “additional information and confirmations” about how Yancoal would fund the acquisition, amid speculation that the company had yet to raise financing. Australia-listed Yancoal is majority owned by China’s Yanzhou, which is in turn owned by state-backed entities.  

 

Yancoal has revised its payment terms so that it will now make one single payment for the Coal & Allied business in New South Wales instead of a number of deferred payments, Rio said. They also revealed it had financial backing from Yankuang Group, its parent company's biggest shareholder, although this has yet to be approved by Yancoal's independent directors.

A bidding war broke out over the coal mines earlier this month when Glencore revealed it had tabled a $2.55bn offer for the assets, $100m more than the initial bid by Yancoal, which was announced in January.

 

Rio is backing out of coal mining to focus on iron ore and steel while China is looking to shore up its energy supply. Although the country is trying to cut back pollution from coal-fired plants, the commodity is expected to remain in long-term demand across Asia for the next two decades prompting Glencore’s interest in gatecrashing the deal.

In its offer earlier this month, Switzerland-based Glencore pointed out it already had mines adjacent to Rio’s operations in the Hunter Valley, offering potential savings if the two businesses were combined. It also has regulatory approval from Japan, which imports the bulk of the area’s coal.

 

Yancoal’s offer was the most attractive because it removes the deferred payment structure, can meet the timeline we have set for the transaction and has given us certainty regarding the outstanding regulatory approvals required.

Because Rio Tinto is 10pc owned by Chinalco, which is also backed by the Chinese government, the sale will count as a related party transaction. As such the deal must go before a vote by Rio Tinto shareholders in the UK and Australia next week.  

 

 

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Hedge funds Reducing Positions on Crude oil as Production Grows

Hedge funds and other money managers cut their combined net long position in the three major futures and options contracts linked to Brent and WTI by 51 million barrels.

According to data published by regulators and exchanges, fund managers cut their net long position for the second week running by a cumulative total of 91 million barrels.

 

Hedge funds have discounted the fact oil prices are already under than $50 per barrel and reassurances from OPEC ministers that global oil stocks will draw in the second half of the year.

Instead they have focused on the continued rise in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States and signs gasoline and diesel demand may not be growing fast enough to absorb the record fuel being produced by U.S. refineries.

The global oil stocks will draw down in the third quarter of 2017 as a result of OPEC’s output cuts. But global stocks are expected to rise again through 2018 as OPEC compliance deteriorates and supply from non-OPEC sources increases.

Bearish sentiment among oil traders has triggered a wave of short selling, with hedge funds adding 45 million barrels of extra short positions in crude.

 

There are signs hedge funds may have embarked on the eighth cycle of short selling in WTI since the start of 2015, though it is still too early to tell.

The only supportive factor for oil prices in the short term is that so many short positions have been established and there are relatively few long positions left to liquidate.

Conditions are in place for an eventual short-covering rally but the rebound may not come until there are clear signs global stocks are falling.

 

 

 

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Rating of Australia’s Major Banks Lowered by Moody’s Investors Service

Rating of Australia's major banks were lowered by Moody’s Investor Service due to the surging home prices, rising household debt and sluggish wage growth pose a threat to the lenders.

In a statement released yesterday by Moody’s,  Australia And New Zealand Banking Group, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank and Westpac Banking were all downgraded to Aa3 from Aa2 as the risks associated with the housing market have risen sharply in recent years.

 

According to Moody’s, the tail risk represented by increased household sector indebtedness becomes a material consideration in the context of the very high ratings assigned to Australian banks. 

The Australian dollar fell as much as 0.5% following the announcement and was trading at 76.02 US cents at 6.37pm.

S&P Global Ratings last month downgraded the credit ratings of almost all of Australia's financial institutions on similar concerns about the risks of a property market downturn.

However, it spared the four biggest banks on the expectation of government support in the event of a crisis.

 

The combination of soaring house prices and stagnant wage growth has pushed the ratio of household debt to disposable income to 189% one of the highest levels in the world.

The Australian government has taken steps in recent months to cool the red-hot property market amid concerns that speculation in housing could ultimately hurt consumers, banks and the economy.

 

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Asian Stocks Gain Higher, Set for a Strong Week

Asian markets gain higher during opening, the dollar climbed above 111 yen Monday after Japan posted a surprise trade deficit for May.

The Nikkei Stock Average was up 0.6% in early trade, with a softer yen aiding a move back above 20,000 points. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 was up 0.5%, Korea’s Kospi SEU 0.6% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index gained 1%.

 

 

In Japan, economists had expected a modest trade surplus for May. Instead, the country reported its first deficit since January. Still, local stocks shrugged off the report as the exports data in Japan continue to reinforce the growth story for Japan’s economy.

Japan’s exports increased 14.9% for May from a year earlier, the biggest rise since January 2015, marking the sixth consecutive month of increases. But the figure came in lower than an 18.2% increase expected by economists.

Asian market could find index provider MSCI's annual market classification review a key event to follow. MSCI will decide tomorrow whether to include a group of China A-shares in its main emerging market index.

If approved, it would give investors easier access to the China markets, create more liquidity for the shares and prompt funds all over the world to pour billions into the country's stocks. For China, acceptance by MSCI would mark a key step for Beijing as it seeks to open up its financial markets and attract foreign capital. 

 

While, oil prices pulled back in Asia after ending in positive territory last week. July Nymex was down 0.3% at $44.60 a barrel, while August Brent fell 0.2% to $47.25.

 

 

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Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods for $13 Billion

Amazon to acquire US grocery retailer Whole Foods for $US13.7 billion. Whole Foods shares jumped 27% to $41.99 in New York, bringing them close to the transaction price. Amazon shares gained 3.2% to $995. 

The company has agreed to pay $42 a share in cash for the organic food chain, including debt a roughly 27% premium to the stock price. Whole Foods co-founder, John Mackey will continue to run the business. 

The transaction also may help Amazon sideline Instacart Inc, a start-up that has delivered grocery orders from Whole Foods stores in more than 20 states and Washington, D.C. 

The bid signals Amazon's growing intent to dominate groceries and raises risks for Australian retailers ahead of its local launch. Its latest acquisition, which is the biggest in Amazon's 20-year history and gives it a significant bricks and mortar presence, may alter the company's plans for its Australian retail launch, which it confirmed in April.  

The deal is subject to approval by Whole Foods shareholders. The upscale grocer has 460 stores in some of North America's most desirable locations. The two companies said Amazon would continue to operate these stores under the Whole Foods brand.

 

Amazon previously contemplated a takeover of Whole Foods last fall but it didn’t pursue a deal. The e-commerce company revisited the idea after Jana Patners one of the executive investor stepped in.

The deal is more about getting a distribution network for groceries. It has spent years trying to break into delivering groceries but hasn’t been as successful as in other categories. 

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Global Stock Market Latest Update

ASX (5,768.30, +0.09%) is on track for their biggest weekly gain in over two months, led by gains in defensive stocks and financials.

 

Dow (21359.90, -0.07%) was almost stable but has the potential to move up towards 21600 by mid of next week. 

The rise could be eventual and slow but overall near term looks bullish.

 

Dax (12691.81, -0.89%) has come off sharply and while below the important resistance of 13000, there is some scope of re-testing 12500-12400 in the medium term before possibly stating another leg of an upward rally.

Shanghai (3128.27, -0.13%) is also trading lower and could possibly test 3100 before again trying to move up. Immediate trend looks bearish.

 

 

 

Nikkei (19917.73, +0.43%) has the potential to move up towards 20100 in the next 2-3 sessions. Momentum could be slow but an eventual rise is expected while above 19700.

 

Nifty (9578.05, -0.42%) could find some support near 9550-9530 today from where it could bounce back to higher levels in the near term.

Only on a break below 9530, if seen would force us to change our current bullish view on Nifty.

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Tech Stocks in U.S have Tumbled Sharply

US tech stocks slid again overnight as investors continued a recent move away from the year’s best performing sector. Bearish analyst reports on the two tech titans contributed to the latest bout of selling. Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite fell, though tech shares pared some of their early losses into the close.

The declined follows the worst two day drop for the sector in nearly a year. But tech remains up 17% this year, almost twice the 8.7% rise for the overall S&P 500.

Shares of Google’s parent Alphabet closed down 0.8% as Canaccord Genuity downgraded its rating of the stock to hold from buy. Eventually, the downgrade triggered a broader tech selloff.

Apple shares ended 0.6% lower, paring earlier sharper losses. Microsoft declined 0.5% overnight, Facebook dropped 0.3% each also pared sharper early losses. 

Snap Inc who held its initial public offering earlier this year has dropped 4.9%. While the tech sector has fallen 4% in the past week, the overall S&P is only off about 0.2 percent.

 

 

 

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Gold Moves Higher after Fed Raises Interest Rate

Gold broke a six-session losing streak, August gold slid to $1,272.70 after settling up $1,275.90 an ounce as consumer data was soft, retail sales and CPI posted declines of 0.3% and 0.1%, respectively. 

The Federal Reserve announces its benchmark rate, which is expected to increase by 25 basis points to 1.25 percent. The Fed is widely expected to raise interest rates by a quarter point to 1.25%, but there's still plenty of anticipation, as analysts will be focusing on the language in the rate statement and as well as the Fed's economic projections. 

The Fed rate statement will be cautious in tone, and dovish regarding additional rate hikes. A dovish message could pour cold water on a rate hike in September and boost gold prices. 

Earlier in the year, three rate hikes in 2017 seemed almost a given, but currently, the odds of a September move are just 28%. There are two key items which could affect gold prices. First, the Fed Economic Projections will detail forecasts of inflation, growth and unemployment, and most importantly, the rate hike path. 

 

With the US economy performing better in the second quarter, there's a strong likelihood that the Fed will not moderate its rate hike projections,which is good news for the dollar. 

Secondly, the markets will be looking for details regarding its plan to lower the $4.2 trillion balance sheet. If the Fed outlines a plan to reduce its holding in H2, the dollar could respond positively. 

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Stock Market in Australia Extends Rally

Australian stock market is higher today, extending gains from the previous session, following the positive lead overnight from Wall Street. In mid-day trades, the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index is adding 24.90 points or 0.43% to 5,797.70, off a high of 5,804.80. The broader All Ordinaries Index is rising 25.20 points or 0.43% to 5,827.00.

The AUD is lower against the U.S. dollar today after iron ore prices fell sharply. In early trades, the local unit was trading at US$0.7537, down from US$0.7550 on Tuesday. 

Gold miners are also advancing. Newcrest Mining is adding 0.4 percent and Evolution Mining is rising more than 1 percent. The major miners are mostly lower amid the sharp fall in iron ore prices. 

BHP Billiton is adding 0.7 percent, while Rio Tinto is losing 1 percent and Fortescue Metals is lower by more than 1 percent.

Among oil stocks, Oil Search is up 0.6 percent and Woodside Petroleum is rising 0.3 percent, while Santos is declining almost 1 percent. 

 

Westpac Bank revealed that consumer confidence in Australia ebbed again in June, as its index slipped 1.8 percent to a score of 96.2. That follows the 1.1 percent decline in May to 98.0. 

The index has declined in three straight months and continues to rest beneath the break-even line of 100 that separates optimists from pessimists.

 

Nevertheless, investors are cautious ahead of the release of Chinese economic data and the Federal Reserve's monetary policy decision later in the day. 

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DAX Index Closes Trade at 0.59% Higher

DAX index has closes trade at 0.59% higher. The index is currently at 12,757.75 points. On the release front, German ZEW Economic Sentiment dipped to 18.6, missing the forecast of 21.6 points. Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment improved to 37.7, beating the estimate of 37.2 points. In the US, the Federal Reserve is expected to increase interest rates by a quarter-point.

European stock markets were slightly lower on yesterday, as a result of sharp losses on the Nasdaq, which dropped 1.8% on last week session. Major technology stocks were all down by more than 3 percent. Key German financial stocks responded with losses, notably Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank.

The best performers of the session on the DAX were Lufthansa which rose 3.00% or 0.550 points to trade at 18.875 at the close. 

The worst performers of the session were Beiersdorf which fell 0.69% or 0.660 points to trade at 94.780 at the close. Deutsche Telekom declined 0.44% or 0.075 points to end at 16.880 and Henkel & Co was down 0.36% or 0.45 points to 124.65. 

DAX volatility index, which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was down 6.39% to 12.60.

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Latest in Stocks

ASX 200 (5741, 1.1%) is up 63 points as it continues to push higher into late arvo trade. 

Its going from strength to strength today after defying the early pointer from futures trading that suggested the recent sell-off in tech stocks on Wall Street would send the local index lower.

 

Dow (21235.67, -0.17%) is slowly inching up towards 21600 and could possibly test 21400 on the upside this week. Support remains at 21000 and while the index is trading above 21000, the trend remains bullish.

 

Dax (12690.44, -0.98%) fell sharply yesterday instead of breaking above 12850. We could possibly see some trade within the 12650-12850 region in the near term before testing 13000.

Shanghai (3138.67, -0.04%) has enough scope on the upside towards 3160-3170 for the next couple of sessions.

 

Nikkei (19885.72, -0.11%) is holding above 19825 and could move up towards 20000 in the coming sessions. Near term looks bullish.

 

Nifty (9616.40, -0.54%) has been fluctuating within the 9700-96500 region and could possibly continue to do so for some more sessions. 

Immediate support is seen near 9600 which could extend to 9550 on the downside. Overall the index could be ranged sideways before rallying to higher levels.

 

 

 

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Japan PPI Came at 0% the Weakest Result in 9 Months

This morning, the Japan producer price index came in flat at 0% and it represents the weakest PPI result in nine months. Already last week, the growth rate had been revised down to 0.3% from 0.5%. 

April machine orders just collapsed at -0.31% m/m while markets had estimated an increase of 0.5 percent. This data is often used as a proxy for the capital expenditure. 

Yen fell 0.06% to 110.27 despite weaker machinery orders data than expected. Japan reported core machinery orders for April slipped 3.1% month-on-month, well below the 0.5% gain seen and up 2.7% on year, also less than the 7.3% jumped expected. 

The Japanese economy has shown some improvement in the first quarter, but Final GDP was a major disappointment. First quarter GDP was revised downwards to 0.3%, compared to 0.5% in the preliminary GDP report. At the same time, the economy has posted growth for five consecutive quarters the first time that has occurred in over 10 years. 

Japan has benefited from a stronger global economy, notably the manufacturing and export sectors. However, domestic consumption remains sluggish, and household spending contracted 1.4% on year in April. The Bank of Japan will hold a policy meeting on Thursday, and is expected to maintain its ultra-loose monetary stance in order to prop up inflation and domestic demand. 

 

Given that the economy has strengthened, policymakers may be looking to exit current policy and analysts will be looking for nuances which could point to a more hawkish monetary stance. If the central bank does hint at a tighter policy, the yen could gain ground.

The Federal Reserve will meet on Wednesday and the markets have priced in a rate hike, which would be the second increase in 2017. The likelihood continues to hover around the 90% level, so it would be a shock if the Fed did not make a move.

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Euro Inched Lower Ahead Of ECB Rate Decision

European session, EUR has inched lower and is trading at 1.1240. In economic news, German Industrial Production bounced back in April with a strong gain of 0.8%, which beat the forecast of 0.6%. There was more good news from Eurozone Revised GDP, which improved to 0.6%, edging above the estimate of 0.5%. 

Today’s highlight is the ECB rate meeting, with the markets expecting the benchmark rate to remain at a flat 0.00%. The US releases unemployment claims, which is expected to drop to 241 thousand.

Most investors are focus on ECB, which holds it monthly rate meeting later in the day. The central bank is not expected to announce any changes to current monetary policy. The benchmark rate has been pegged at 0.00% since March 2016. As well, policymakers are unlikely to make any changes to the quantitative easing program, which ends in December. 

However, the euro could still move if there are any surprises in the rate statement or from Mario Draghi, who will hold a follow-up press conference. On Wednesday, the euro briefly lost ground on reports that the ECB was planning to downgrade its inflation forecast to 1.5% annually for 2017, 2018 and 2019. 

 

Earlier in the year, inflation reached the ECB’s target of 2.0%, but this didn’t last long, and the May figure of 1.4% was well of this goal. Mario Draghi has preached caution and patience, and will reluctant to tighten policy without stronger inflation levels. 

Still, with the euro-area economy showing improved growth in 2017, the markets would like to see the ECB at least acknowledge that the economic picture has brightened, and will be looking for a more hawkish tone from the central bank, such as a removal of the bias towards easing. 

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Oil Prices Plunged Below $46 As Stockpile Surge

Crude Oil prices plunged below $46 per barrel and is poised to test target support near an upward sloping trend line that comes in near $44. Resistance is seen near the 10 day moving average at 48.56.  

Additional resistance is seen near the 200 day moving average at 49.59. Prices continue to form a topping pattern, which include a modified head and shoulder reversal pattern and a break of the neckline level at $44 could lead to a test of the August 2016 lows at 39.60.

Momentum has turned negative as the MACD index generated a crossover sell signal. This occurs as the spread crosses below the 9 day exponential moving average of the spread. 

The index moved from positive to negative territory confirming the sell signal. The MACD histogram is printing in the red with a downward sloping trajectory which foreshadows lower prices.

 

U.S. stockpiles puts up another obstacle for OPEC and other petroleum exporting countries, which have cut back their output in order to shrink global inventories by about 300 million barrels to the five-year average.

The imports of oil rose by 356,000 barrels a day, while exports dropped by 746,000 barrels a day.

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Global Stocks Update

Dow (21136.23, -0.23%) came off from resistance near 21230 and may test 21000 on the downside before bouncing back towards 21300 and higher in the medium term. Near term could see some consolidation or a corrective dip but overall long term looks bullish.

 

Dax (12690.12, -1.04%) is also in a short correction mode and could rise back soon towards 13000.Downside could be limited to 12600 just now.

 

Shanghai (3127.91, +0.83%) has risen sharply breaking the immediate resistance near 3120 instead of testing lower levels of 3050 as mentioned yesterday. 

While the index sustains levels above 3120, it could move higher towards 3170 else a re-test of 3070 is possible.

ASX (5644.7, -0.4%) on track for a fourth straight session in the red and a fall of more than 5 per cent since its recent high at the start of May.

 

Nikkei (19936.42, -0.22%) Resistance near 20200 has held well for which fell sharply in the last 2-sessions. 

It could test 19820 in the next 2-sessions before again bouncing back from there.

 

Nifty (9637.15, -0.39%) is in a corrective mode now and could extend losses to an extent of 9600-9550 levels. 

Thereafter a rise back towards 9700-9800 is possible in the near term.

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Gold Investing Sentiment Jumped to a New High

GOLD investing sentiment jumped to a new 2017 high in May but only with those existing precious metals investors. The balance of private investors buying gold over those who chose to sell rose at its fastest pace in more than two years. 

Despite gold's strong rally so far in June, equities and other risk assets remain the focus for most private investors. Buying gold as investment insurance is a long way from a crowded trade right now. The number of private individuals coming to the precious metals market for the first time stayed weak, slipping for the second month to its lowest level since gold investing prices bottomed at 6-year lows in December 2015.

This 'bear market' lack of new interest comes after the strongest run of gold investing demand in 5 years. It also contrasts with the underlying trend in gold prices. 

Retreating from April's geopolitical spike, last month's daily average gold price slipped 1.6% against the US Dollar and gold dropped 4.6% and 3.8% versus the Euro and Pound respectively. These discounts saw the number of investors starting or adding to their gold holdings rise over 28% from April, reaching its largest size since December 2016. 

The number of sellers meantime fell by one-third. It pushes gold investor a unique measure of sentiment based on actual trading, up to its highest level since December, reaching 55.3 from April's level of 52.1 and rising at its fastest pace since February 2015. 

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Osisko Shares Bounce after Acquiring Orion Mine’s Assets for $1.13 Billion

Osisko Gold shares bounce more than 10 percent after they decided to acquire a precious metals portfolio from Orion Mine Finance Group for $1.13 billion. The acquisition will result in Osisko holding a total of 131 royalties and streams, including 16 revenue-generating assets.

The company was trading up 9.7% to $15.80 in Toronto and almost 9.9% higher in New York to $11.72 on the news of the acquisition.

Osisko, created in June 2014 following the acquisition of Osisko Mining by Agnico Eagle Mines and Yamana Gold, said it will pay Orion $675-million in cash and the remaining $450-million in company shares for the assets.

The transaction gives the Canadian company a 9.6% diamond stream on the Renard diamond mine and a 4% gold and silver stream on the Brucejack gold and silver mine, in addition to a 100% silver stream on the Mantos Blancos copper mine in Chile.

Osisko’s flagship, Canada’s largest producing gold mine will continue to be the 5% net smelter return royalty on the Malartic mine.

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WTI Oil Extended Recovery Rally

WTI Oil extended recovery rally and hit session high at $48.40 in early Monday’s bullish acceleration. Oil price accelerated higher on fresh geopolitical instability. So far unable to sustain break above $48.00 barrier, as action was capped by falling hourly cloud.

However, rising uncertainty over geopolitical situation in the Gulf region would further boost oil price. Additional support comes from long-tailed daily candle left on Monday, which signaled strong downside rejection and failure to clearly break below lower pivot at $46.89

Extended recovery needs close above $48.74 to generate stronger reversal signal and open way for further retracement of $46.74 towards a cluster of strong MA barriers between $49.00 and $49.66.

Session low at $47.65 marks solid support which is expected to hold dips and keep near-term focus at the upside.

 

Break and extension below $47.40 would signal an end of recovery rally from $46.74 and shift near-term focus lower.

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Global Economy Lifted to 2.7% Growth This Year

According to World Bank, the economy will pick up speed this year and next, mostly lifted by commodity prices and a pickup in global trade. They estimate a 2.7% growth this year and 2.9% in 2018, a much better improvement from 2016’s 2.4% expansion.

But the environment worldwide is looking sunnier. Commodity prices are bouncing back from a freefall that began in 2014, taking down two years of growth. The bank sees oil prices rising 24 percent and non-energy commodity prices climbing 4 percent this year. 

World trade is expected to grow 4 percent in 2017, the fastest in three years. The bank sees the U.S. economy growing 2.1% this year, up from 1.6% in 2016, and the 19-country euro zone expanding 1.7% down a notch from 1.8 percent. 

Japan is expected to grow 1.5% fastest pace since 2013 and up from 1 percent last year. China’s deceleration will continue from 6.7 percent growth last year to 6.5 percent in 2017 to 6.3 percent in 2018 as the country moves away from unsustainable growth fueled by often wasteful investment and toward slower, steadier growth based on consumer spending.

 

The recovery of the global economy is still fragile and also faces long-term challenges such as productivity slump that vexes economists and constrains improvements in living standards.

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Production of Coal India Declines for the Second Month

Coal India Ltd.  production decline for the second month. Output fell 4.3 percent from a year earlier to 40.74 million metric tons, the lowest in three years for the month of May. 

Kolkata-based Coal India will focus on liquidating stockpiles for a few months. The company will be counting on higher demand from power plants, its biggest customers, to start growing.

Production will remain under pressure for some time because of subdued demand and high inventory. A recovery is possible if power plants start restocking after the monsoons.

Inventories at Coal India rose 19 percent during the year ended March 31 to 68.6 million metric tons. The company is targeting to bring it below 40 million tons.

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Bitcoin Price Climbed up to 8.5% after Withdrawal Restrictions End

Bitcoin continued its record breaking rally as China’s three biggest bitcoin exchanges are ending a self-imposed moratorium on withdrawals.

The currency rose as much as 8.5 percent to $2479.34 Thursday, the biggest intraday advance since May 25, when it reached a record high of $2,798.98. It has more than doubled since March amid optimism about wider acceptance among companies and consumers, regulatory approval in Japan and rising demand in Asia.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of BTC Bobby Lee, They are testing the functionality of withdrawals. OKCoin confirmed that it’s also testing the withdrawals. Both exchanges intend to place caps on withdrawal amounts.

Huobi has resumed coin withdrawals with a limit of 50 coins per transaction and 50 transactions per day. The exchange also placed limited on litecoin and ethereum withdrawals.

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Berkshire Hathaway Acquired 200 Million Stakes in Lanxess AG

Berkshire Hathaway acquired a $200 million stakes in Lanxess AG. Lanxess shares jumped 2.9 percent to 65.06 euros by 0936 GMT after the news, even though the stock was trading without the rights to a 0.70 euro/share dividend for the first time.

In a regulatory filing, Lanxess said that Berkshire Hathaway’s General Reinsurance subsidiary took a stake that reached just over 3 percent on May 19. The shares held by General Re  whose total financial investments excluding cash holdings stood at about $22 billion at the end of last year, were worth about 180 million euros ($200 million) at that time.

General Re’s stake in Lanxess crossed the 3 percent threshold after Lanxess on May 11 beat consensus estimates for first-quarter earnings on strong sales of engineering plastics and synthetic rubber, but the company warned at the time that demand would soften later this year. 

Shares in Lanxess, a former unit of Bayer whose products include pesticide ingredients, construction pigments and leather chemicals, earlier this month reached four-year highs. The company has said that after recent acquisitions worth a combined 2.6 billion euros more strategic steps could be in the offing in the second half of the year.

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Stocks in USA Dropped Further

U.S. stocks dropped after JP Morgan and Bank of America warned of revenue weakness, offsetting gains in defensive plays.

JPMorgan blamed lower volatility for a 15 percent decline in trading revenue in the current quarter compared with last year, while Bank of America said trading revenue in the second quarter was on track to be 10 to 12 percent lower than last year.

 

Financials .SPSY rallied more than 20 percent in the wake of the U.S. presidential election on hopes of fiscal stimulus and deregulation under President Donald Trump, but they have struggled in recent weeks. The sector is now down 0.3 percent on the year.

Measures of market volatility are at rock-bottom, hitting trading desks at big banks. The U.S. stock market's main gauge of investor anxiety .VIX closed at its lowest level in over two decades on May 8 and has not topped its long-term average of 20 since November. It did, however, hit a seven-day high of 11.30 on Wednesday.

JPMorgan shares lost 2.1 percent while Bank of America was down 1.9 percent as the two biggest weights on the S&P 500. Goldman Sachs fell 3.3 percent, the biggest drag on the Dow. 

Energy stocks down 0.4 percent, also lost ground. Oil prices touched a three-week low as rising output from Nigeria and Libya fueled concerns that OPEC-led output cuts are being undermined. U.S. crude settled down 2.7 percent at $48.32 a barrel and Brent settled 3 percent lower at $50.1.

 

Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 20.82 points, or 0.1 percent, to 21,008.65, the S&P 500 lost 1.1 points, or 0.05 percent, to 2,411.81 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 4.67 points, or 0.08 percent, to 6,198.52.

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CRUDE Stalling at $50 Below, GOLD Push Higher while SILVER Break 50% Fibonacci Retracement

Crude oil has collapsed after the bounce following the short-squeeze move towards $52. Support is given at a distance 43.76. The technical structure suggests further strengthening.

In the long-term, crude oil has recovered after its sharp decline last year. However, we consider that further weakness are very likely. Strong support lies at 24.82 while resistance can now be found at 55.24 

 

Gold is pushing higher within uptrend channel. Hourly support is located at 1246. Stronger support is given at 1195. Expected to show further upside pressures.

In the long-term, the technical structure suggests that there is a growing upside momentum. A break of 1392 is necessary ton confirm it, A major support can be found at 1045.

 

Silver increases. Strong support is given at 15.63. Closest support is given at 16.20. Key resistance is given at a distance at 19.00. Expected to push towards 61.8% Fibonacci retracement around 17.75.

In the long-term, the death cross indicates that further downsides are very likely. Resistance is located at 25.11. Strong support can be found at 11.75.

 

 

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I have always had the courage to follow my heart. I imagine if there is a saying to complement that then it would go something like this. “my heart comes first and my brain comes second.” I am a typical Doer. I actively do things instead of just thinking about them. Once I have an idea and I get it underway, I don’t look back. It has never failed me.

A family road trip idea was certainly nothing new to me. In fact it was my unintentional rite of passage that molded me into the family man I am today. I can still remember my father’s solemn words of advice that he tactically delivered to me that fateful day some twenty five years before. “You know while your still young enough. You should go and have a good look around.” So while many of my friends went overseas to glamorous destinations across Europe and Asia where they themselves undertook that rite of passage I stayed local, so to speak and set out interstate and across country. Looking back that experience taught me how to plan and be patient and the people I met encouraged me to foster and maintain relationships along the way.

So budgeting and logistics became the main focus of our discussions. Schooling for the boys was one main concern because we really did not want to stick to any firm itinerary. Naturally the internet led us to a solution on that matter and gradually we were able to find suitable alternatives for them. MONEY was another. My wife being a hair dresser was planning on making up fliers to distribute around caravan parks and to surrounding areas that we stayed while I had been investigating a option through a colleague at work trading Index Markets. Bill was an older gentleman nearing retirement whom lived in the same suburb and because of that we started carpooling two years ago. During the last few months we have been going directly to his place and I watched as these live alerts came through from the analysts department.

I watched how easily he placed these trades through on his mobile phone or through a trading portal on his Laptop. I watched Bill trade and make Good Money. The best he returned as I explained to my wife from one nights of trading was $1500 and usually aimed towards making up to $3000 per week. What appealed to us the most was that as long as you had an internet connection you could make money no matter where you were.

Bill introduced us to the consultant he worked with and my wife and I eventually bought the business package some weeks later from Markets and You. It took us three weeks to be trained and get set up with our online broker. Customer care assisted with that simple process and even gave us $10000 in practice money to trade with.

After our initial incubation period we started trading with real money. $100 dollars per trade and achieving returns of up to $500 dollars per week. So as you can tell this Road Trip with my family was always going to happen now.

Raymond Greenwood
Member of Markets And You

 

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Unemployment Rate in Japan declined 2.8 Percent

The unemployment rate in Japan held at a multi-decade low in April as the ratio of jobs to applicants rose more than expected. Japan’s jobless rate held steady at March’s level of 2.8 per cent, at the lowest level since June 1994 for a third straight month, according to the Statistics Bureau. 

The job-to-applicant ratio inched higher to 1.48 from the previous month’s level of 1.45, marking the equal-highest level since March of 1974 and besting expectations of a more marginal rise to 1.46. 

 The latest readings continue to point to strong levels of employment and build on improvements from the first three months of 2017, as a Labour Force Survey released by the stats bureau in early May showed Japan’s jobless population fell 10.7 per cent year on year in the first quarter to 1.9m. 

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Global Market Review

Asian equity futures open to a mixed start today. Hong Kong is on holiday and markets in China are shut for a second day after the U.K. and U.S. were closed Monday, depressing volumes and limiting price movements

South Africa’s rand declined for a second day after President Jacob Zuma survived a bid by some members of his party to oust him.  Italian assets fell as former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi raised the prospect of an early election.

The key challenge for investors remains gauging the ability of the world’s economy to withstand rising borrowing costs. Despite the record highs posted by global equities, the rally in bond markets suggests traders are cautious. 

Fed Bank of San Francisco President John Williams reaffirmed his view that a total of three interest-rate increases makes sense for the world’s biggest economy this year.

 

Main Market  Movers:

  • The euro fell 0.2 percent to $1.1138 as of 7:41 a.m. in Tokyo. The yen was flat at 111.25 per dollar.
  • Gold was down 0.1 percent at $1,267.36 an ounce.
  • Treasury 10-year futures were at 126 1/4, up 2/32, after the market was closed Monday. The yield on 10-year Treasuries was 2.25 percent at the end of last week.
  • The rand fell 0.2 percent to 12.9959 per dollar, adding to the previous session’s 0.6 percent decline.
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WA Proposed an Iron Ore Levy to be Paid Advance

WA proposed an Iron Ore Levy to be paid in advance under the potential plan that would see the two biggest miners in the country to pay out an iron ore levy early in a one-off lump sum.

Instead of increasing the miners’ rental payments levied on iron ore, currently fixed at 25 Australian cents a ton, the companies would be asked to pay them out in advance.

 

The opposition National Party last week said in parliament that such a plan could raise as much as A$4 billion for the state.

Western Australia’s Labor administration, which ousted a Liberal National coalition in March, faces a daunting task in turning around its economy. The government has previously said that erasing a debt mountain of more than A$30 billion will take decades.

 

The plan would involve a lengthy process of negotiations. It would require agreement from both the state and the companies, and the federal government would also have to agree to the payment being exempt from the goods and services tax distribution system.

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Asian Markets Update

Japanese Yen rose 0.1 percent to 111.71 per dollar as of 9:17 a.m. in Tokyo, after dropping 0.3 percent on Thursday. Japan’s core consumer prices rose for a fourth month in April, the longest run of gains since mid-2015.

Topix slipped 0.3 percent, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index fell 0.6 percent. South Korea’s Kospi rose 0.2 percent.

 

Futures on Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index and those on the FTSE China A50 Index rose 0.1 percent.

West Texas Intermediate crude was flat at $48.90, after sinking 4.8 percent in the previous session.

 

AUD was flat after losing 0.7 percent on Thursday, declining along with the Canadian dollar and the kiwi.

Currencies of countries heavily reliant on commodities as an export all suffered in the wake of the slide in raw materials.

 

 

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Markets And You explains Is Binary Trading Safe?

Is Binary Trading Safe?

With a Starting bank of $1000 and only using 3% of this for trading at any giving time I would say yes!!

Each trade is done using only a small portion of your trading account, normally 1-3%. As your trading account grows so does your trade amounts. Should an unpredictable market fluctuation occur or even a crash, your account will remain safe. Your peace of mind is important to us, with Markets and You.

Results below reflect a starting bank of $1000 using a trading strategy of 3% profit on trading balance throughout. Each trade is done using only a small portion of your trading account always with the attitude to protect the capital. The purpose of this illustration is to showcase how any trader can make huge gains in the binary options. This is not a miracle and so without any delays let’s have a look how possible it is to take $ 1000 up to $ 1 million dollars is doable.
The latent power of making the huge earnings from our $ 1000 in the binary trade is using financial leverage. It is possible to buy a single lot of say $ 5, and then on our behalf, the bank will put the $ 1000 in the trade. Think about it, where can one get such an incredible leverage in the world? Now, how we optimise the latent power of our beginning balance, and the leverage is by trading the maximum numbers of lots in every trade. How many lots we are going to trade will be determined by the risk factor applicable which is 3%, the bank balance and the loss applicable in the trade.
A closer look at this reveals that first, we will not have an amount of more than $ 30 ($ 1000 x 3% = $ 30) at risk in the binary trade. In our case, we are aware that what is at risk in the binary trade is $30. In this illustration, we are going to assume we are only ever to give 3% of our trading account therefore placing a trade that offers 80 – 95% profit from Binary.com is a decent opportunity whether you are trading with $30 or $3000 the returns cannot be mistaken. This will allow the trader great opportunities to make some really good returns while only risking the 3% they have out on the market with Binary.com.

Thus, the maximum number of lots that can be traded is determined by how much is in your trade account.
[Starting Bank Balance x Risk Factor] / Value Loss per Trade = Maximum Lots in Trade
Therefore, [$1000 x 3%] / $30 x 95% = $28.50. This means the trader has just made 95% return on their trade. If the trade was unsuccessful then the 3% would be lost ie: $30. The trader can trade with confidence knowing they can only lose what they have in the market. Securing there trade account that is left in the Binary.com account should always be a high priority, we call this “protecting your working capital.”

By always trading the maximum number of lots while remaining within the applicable risk factor, the binary trader can optimise their potential earnings and still achieve this through conservative and calculated risks.

In conclusion, the answer about the safety of binary options depends on its outlook. Traders in binary options should not assume that it is risk-free. Every business is susceptible to some risk and so are binary options. Nonetheless, the risks are measured and known to the traders. Thus, the answer to the safety of the binary options would still be determined by the trader’s understanding of binary trade among other factors as the type of broker.
To Open your own FREE $10,000 Virtual Trading Account with binary.com click here - http://info.binary.com/2bSKA0A and start TODAY!


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www.binary.com is NOT a scam


Binary.com has been the leader in fixed odds financial trading since 1999. More than 500,000 smart traders worldwide enjoy trading the markets quickly and easily with us.

Trading fixed-odds binary options on the financial markets with Binary.com offers some unique benefits compared to other forms of trading.

Binary options allow you to:
• Choose precisely the level of risk that you prefer
• Review your total risk and return before you commit to a trade
• Risk only your chosen stake; there are no hidden fees or additional risk
• Trade with a straight-forward prediction; no complicated terms


Binary.com offers these additional advantages for the discerning binary options trader:
• Pricing in line with inter-bank rates.
• Dynamically priced trades for exactly the option you want, including the selection of market, strike and time period.
• No hidden fees or gimmicks.


With the wide selection of available options, there are always opportunities available. With Binary.com' flexible platform, you can profit whether markets are headed up, down or sideways. With our wide range of global markets we deliver action 24 hours a day.

Our multi award-winning service is based on a patented trading system. Everyone from casual players to professional traders can enjoy the widest range of fixed odds bets in the industry. With stakes as low as a dollar and payouts of up to $100,000, everyone is covered whether it's for 30 seconds or 360 days.


The Benefits of Fixed Odds Trading with Binary.com Controlled Risk
With fixed-odds trading, your risk is limited to your initial stake. We clearly show you both the potential profit and potential liability before you commit to a trade. There is no risk of a 'margin call', no risk of getting 'stopped out' of a winning trade. No need to babysit your trades to protect against gapping markets that can wipe out an entire portfolio. You decide your stake, your payout and the market level you want upfront and only place the trade once you're comfortable with the risk/return on offer.


Binary.com delivers, what we like to call, 'set it and forget it' trading, but we also offer you the option to sell your bet back before expiry. You can sell to bank profits early, to get out of a trade that is going against you, or to free up funds to participate in a new opportunity. Once you've decided to sell, we'll pay the current value of the trade directly to your account.

Simple to Understand
Fixed odds trades are easy to place and understand. You select the terms yourself so you always know exactly what needs to happen for a win. If you know:
• Which market you want to trade
• The period over which you want to predict its movement
• The amount of movement you expect
Then you're ready to start trading. With just this information entered into our system, we can show you some complementary trades. With our dynamic pricing, you can adjust these parameters until you get the option and the price you want.
You are in control
The award-winning Binary.com platform delivers two key benefits that let you control your risk and trade in any market conditions: liquidity and flexibility. You define the parameters for when you get paid. You decide how much you want to earn when you are right.

Most brokers offer options as if they came off an assembly line. Someone selects the size, shape and color. Someone else decides how many are on offer. You can take it or leave it.

Our patented technology lets you define your own parameters. You tell us what you want to trade. We price the trade in real-time using live market data. We also act as market makers so you always have someone to take the other side of the trade. No matter which position you want to take in the markets, we'll price it.

You never have to limit yourself to the options or volumes set by a broker. You're in complete control. Buy as much or as little as you want, with the terms you want.

Binary.com offers the same razor-sharp pricing to all of our clients, big and small. You see the potential payouts before you commit to a trade.
Trade a Range Of Markets from One Account
Binary.com offers convenience with the ability to trade a range of markets from just one account. Whether you prefer currencies, commodities or stock indices, we have options. They are all traded from the same account using the same familiar interface, so you can pick whichever is right for you whenever it's right for you.




Multiple Trade Types to Take Advantage of Different Market Conditions
With Binary.com' flexible fixed-odds platform, you're not limited to simply 'Up' or ‘Down’. You choose the way you think the market will move. We offer options that allow you to profit whether the market is rising or falling, range-bound or volatile.
Tax Free Profits
Fixed odds trading is classified as betting. In many jurisdictions, this means that all returns are tax-free. The money you save goes directly into your pocket. The price you're quoted for a bet is exactly the price you pay and your winnings are yours alone.

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