Archive for November, 2013

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Market Review:
STI shares fell on the 4th continuous day, and closed well below the 50 & 200 day MA levels after minutes of the US Federal Reserve’s October meeting indicated possible stimulus withdrawal at one of its next few meetings
Singapore shares open with gap down @ 3175.70 and then just made day high @3176.76 and then it traded lower side and made day low @ 3158.40 and then it recovers and closed @3172.38 with loss of 11.85 points down by 0.37%
Some 1.44 billion shares, valued at S$948.3 million were traded. Gainers numbered 136 while losers numbered 271.
Singapore raised its full-year growth forecast for 2013 to between 3.5 and 4.0 % after third-quarter GDP grew 5.7 % from a year ago, helped by further signs of a recovery in manufacturing and continued strength in services.

Market forecast:
STI closed below its 50 & 200 day MA level and also closed with recovery.
STI formed a candlestick pattern called “Hammer” A hammer is a type of bullish reversal candlestick pattern, made up of just one candle, The candle looks like a hammer, as it has a long lower wick and a short body at the top of the candlestick with little or no upper wick. here the hammer form in a downtrend this is a sign of a potential reversal in the market as the long lower wick represents a period of trading where the sellers were initially in control but the buyers were able to reverse that control and drive prices back up to close near the high for the day, thus the short body at the top of the candle.
After seeing this chart pattern form in the market most traders will wait for the next period to open higher than the close of the previous period to confirm that the buyers are actually in control.
Two additional things that traders will look for to place more significance on the pattern are a long lower wick and an increase in volume for the time period that formed the hammer.

Support:
STI having immediate support @ 3155 level and below this level it can take support @3135-3115 will be the support zone for STI.

Resistance:
STI having immediate Resistance @3195 and above this level it may take resistance @ 3215-3235

Technical indicators:
Technical indicators MACD, RSI and CCI are turning from lower.

Technical view on STI

STRAITS TIME LEVELS

Support 1

3155

Support 2

3135

Support 3

3115

Resistance 1

3195

Resistance 2

3215

Resistance 3

3235

Today’s Technical view on STI

Posted: November 20, 2013 in Uncategorized
Technical view on STI

STRAITS TIME LEVELS
Support 1 3185
Support 2 3165
Support 3 3145
Resistance 1 3205
Resistance 2 3220
Resistance 3 3235
Market Review:
Singapore shares open high but closed below 3200 mark.
Singapore shares open at 3204.200 and then it made day high @ 3206.92 but faced resistance at that level and traded on lower side and made day low @ 3188.58 near to its 50& 200 day MA level and finally closed @ 3192.08 with loss of 10.95 points down by 0.34%.
Some 1.69 billion shares, valued at S$892.3 million were traded. Gainers numbered 176 while losers numbered 264.
Market forecast:
STI closed below 3200 level and took support near to its 50 & 200 day Ma level which is 3185.122 & 3185.779.

As we previously mention that STI traded in a triangle pattern and yesterday it touched its breakout level of 3218. Pattern starts from 19th Sept from the highest high of 3260.14 and then it took support on 3104 level on 8th Oct and again made high which is lower than previous high i.e.3235.25 and then it faced resistance at this level and fell down and took support @ 3163 which is higher than previous low, now its next move may be breakout from this pattern and if it will crossed 3220-3235 then it will definitely move upwards. But today index moved down side and took support at its major support level as 50 & 200 day MA levels are about to give cross over so after that maybe we can see clear trend.

Support:

STI having immediate support @ 3185 level and below this level it can take support @3165-3145 will be the support zone for STI.

Resistance:
STI having immediate Resistance @3205 and above this level it may take resistance @ 3220-3235
Technical indicators:
Technical indicators MACD, RSI and CCI are turning from lower.

Technical Levels

SUPPORT 1 SUPPORT 2 RESISTANCE 1 RESISTANCE 2
GOLD 1281 1274 1292 1297
SILVER 20.57 20.43 20.96 21.11
COPPER 3.1485 3.1260 3.1890 3.2070
CRUDE 93.43 93.02 94.40 94.96
Commodity Contract S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3

SILVER

Silver moved lower overnight to open at 20.63/20.68, which was also the low of the day. Thereafter, it followed gold to a high of 20.79/20.84 prior to concluding the session at 20.73/20.78.
Silver closed lower for the 3rd week in a row, at 20.78. The close breached a support level of 20.85, which was the 61.8% retracement of the July-August uptrend. Intraweek, silver also made a new low around 20.44. The move opens up a retracement to the last significant low of 19.16 from August. ADX has declined sharply from a high in the 72’s to the current 26 level, indicating that bear momentum has faded substantially in this consolidation since June 2013. Like gold, silver may be forming a bottom; however, near term risk is to the downside.
Silver settled down as pressure seen since last Thursday after strong U.S. GDP and jobs growth data
Yellen told that while the economy is on the mend, inflation and unemployment rates have room to move closer to Fed comfort zones.
Holdings at ishares silver trust dropped by 50.93 tonnes to 10392.89 tonnes from 10443.82 tonnes.
GOLD
Gold edged lower overnight to open at 1282.75/1283.75. After dropping slightly to a low of 1282.25/1283.25, it rose to a high of 1289.75/1290.75 while the dollar weakened following a drop in U.S. industrial output and weaker than expected NY Fed manufacturing data. Thereafter, the metal traded within range to close marginally lower at 1287.75/1288.75.
Gold closed unchanged this week at 1288, forming a doji in the weekly candlestick chart. Support is at the most recent significant low of 1251, while resistance is at the most recent significant high of 1361. The RSI on the weekly chart is at 40, still within bear market territory, and the most recent signal from MACD is a sell. The bearish trend in place since the major high at 1921 remains strong, with an ADX of 40, which indicates a strong trend. However, gold’s inability to make a new low below 1251 is encouraging from a longer term perspective, and it is possible that the metal is forming a bottom, particularly given that it nearly achieved our technical objective of 1155 (when it traded to a low of 1180).
Gold settled flat underpinned by expectations that the nominee to lead the Fed, Janet Yellen, would continue easy monetary policy in that role
Yellen told Senate Committee the Fed’s economic stimulus would continue, prompting gold speculators to buy back their bearish bets.
China has purchased 798 tonnes of the precious metal so far this year, compared to India’s 715 tonnes – WGC
COPPER
On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, copper futures for December delivery traded at USD3.174 a pound during European morning trade.
Comex copper prices declined 2.55% on the week.
Copper futures tumbled to the lowest level since August after a top-level Communist Party meeting disappointed investors who were expecting announcements of major economic reforms.
China is the world’s largest copper consumer, accounting for almost 40% of world consumption last year.
Copper ended with losses due to the outflow of money for risk aversion.
China’s production of refined copper may have been inflated by more than 15 percent this year.
Copper daily stocks at Shanghai exchange came down by 1801 tonnes
CRUDE
On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light sweet crude futures for delivery in December fell to USD94.38 a barrel, down 0.12%, trading in a range of USD94.36 – USD94.49. On Friday, the contract closed at USD93.84 a barrel.
The dollar index, which tracks the performance of the greenback against a basket of six other major currencies, traded at 80.95 on Monday, up 0.10%.
Traders remained concerned about rising U.S. inventories.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Thursday that crude oil inventories last week rose by 2.6 million barrels, far more than the 994,000 barrels predicted by analysts.
Total U.S. crude oil inventories stood at 388.1 million barrels as of last week, the highest since June.
New York crude oil futures eased in early Asian trade on Monday with the dollar index up slightly with the contract seen consolidating as large stockpiles in the United States weigh on the market.
Crude oil dropped on the reports that a senior U.S. official said a deal with Iran on its nuclear program was “quite possible”.
Sanctions against Iran because of its nuclear program have kept some 1 million barrels of oil off the global market.
The IEA said that while oil markets look well supplied in the short term, prices could rise in next few months due to a seasonal increase in demand.
Support 1 Support 2 Support 3 Resistance 1 Resistance 2 Resistance 3

3175

3150

3125

3215

3235

3265

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STRAIT TIMES WEEKLY WRAP

OPEN

3184.09

HIGH

3202.79

LOW

3163.01

CLOSE

3201.27

CHANGE (In Points)

24.02

% CHANGE

0.75%

 Weekly wrap of STI:

Singapore shares rose for a second session on last day of week, of course for their biggest weekly gain in one month, as investors were encouraged by the prospect of extended US monetary stimulus.

Week starts below 3200 mark @ 3184.09 and then it crossed 50 week MA level i.e 3179.28 and made week low @ 3163.01 and took support at this level, after taking support STI made high of 3202.79 and closed near to high @ 3201.27 with gain of 24.02 points up by 0.75% wow basis.

Macro-Economic:

Singapore’s non-oil domestic exports (NODX) probably fell year-on-year for a 9 straight month in October, albeit at a slower pace as Western economies recover. In September, domestic exports fell 1.2 % from a year earlier. The median of the poll is for exports to have fallen 0.8 % in October.

SINGAPORE’S retail sales slipped 5.9 % in September compared to a year ago as sales of motor vehicles and telecommunications apparatus & computers suffered double digit declines. Month-on-month (seasonally adjusted), retail sales edged up 0.5 % as sales of vehicles improved over August by 19.1 %. Excluding sales of vehicles, however, retail sales declined 2.5 %.

Market Forecast for week ahead:

  • STI closed above 3200 mark near to weekly high; however it just crossed 3200 mark and closed @ 3201.27.

  • STI closed with recovery after 3 weeks lower trend. Maintain to close above its 50 week MA level of 3179.27.

  • For coming week if STI could maintain itself above 3175 then it can cross 3250 mark and below 3175 STI can be bearish biased.

STI Resistance:

  • STI having Resistance @ 3215 and above this level it may take resistance from 3235-3265 levels.

STI Support:

  • STI having nearest support @ 3175 below this 3150-3125 will be the support area for market.

 Technical Indicators:

Technical indicators are in recovery mode, RSI closed @50.91 and CCI trading in positive mode.

Technical Levels
  SUPPORT 1 SUPPORT 2 RESISTANCE 1 RESISTANCE 2
GOLD 1272 1253 1295 1305
SILVER 20.63 20.43 20.92 21.24
COPPER 3.1510 3.1280 3.1830 3.2190
CRUDE 93.65 92.84 94.51 95.36
Commodity Contract S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
 SILVER
Silver followed gold higher overnight to open at 20.73/20.78. It touched a low of 20.62/20.67 and then quickly moved up to a high of 20.85/20.90 prior to concluding the session at 20.71/20.76.
Silver also showed some signs of stabilizing after declining in 8 of the past 11 sessions, from 23.09 high to 20.44 low. Today’s close was 20.76, and comes after yesterday’s test of the previous 20.49 low from October 15th. Yesterday’s low of 20.44 now becomes support, with resistance at 21.45, which is 38.2% retracement of this recent downtrend. The risk is still to the downside, to test the previous low at 19.16.
Silver prices rallied off the previous session’s three-month low on Thursday, as investors cheered stimulus-supportive remarks from Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Janet Yellen.
Futures were likely to find support at USD20.41 a troy ounce, the low from November 13 and resistance at USD21.33, the high from November 12.
Expectations that the Fed would keep its stimulus in place for longer mounted following dovish comments from Federal Reserve Chairman nominee Janet Yellen.
GOLD
Gold moved higher overnight to open at 1283.00/1284.00. It briefly touched a low of 1281.25/1282.25 before surging to a high of 1294.00/1295.00 following marginally higher than expected U.S. initial jobless claims and signals from Fed Chairman nominee Janet Yellen that monetary stimulus is likely to continue. The metal closed the session at 1286.50/1287.50.
Gold closed higher today at 1286, stabilizing the decline that has seen gold travel from 1361 to 1261 in 9 sessions. On the daily chart, there is still a weak uptrend in gold in place since the June 28th low, with uptrend support coming in at 1272. However, the bearish trend that has been in place since the August high at 1433 still has greater momentum. The last signal in MACD is still a sell, and positive directional movement (+DMI) is only at 13, versus negative directional movement (-DMI) at 26. This leaves the risk to the downside, for a retracement back to the 1251 low from October. A breach of 1251 would open up a retracement to the 1180 low from June. Current resistance is at 1300, which is both a psychological level as well as the 38.2% retracement of the October downtrend.
Gold prices eased slightly in Asia on Friday, with investors taking gains from an overnight jump on expectations of continued easy monetary policy in the United States.
Overnight, gold prices hit a session low of USD1,273.30 a troy ounce and high of USD1,293.60 a troy ounce after Federal Reserve Chair Nominee Janet Yellen said that monetary stimulus tools should stay in place as needed to ensure a more robust recovery.
COPPER
On the Comex division of the New YorkMercantile Exchange, copper futures for December delivery traded at USD3.159 a pound during European morning trade, little changed.
Comex copper prices traded in a range between USD3.154 a pound, the daily low and a session high of USD3.183 a pound.
The December contract tumbled to USD3.152 a pound on Wednesday, the lowest since August 7, before settling 2.3% lower at USD3.159 a pound.
Copper prices were likely to find support at USD3.129 a pound, the low from August 7 and resistance at USD3.222 a pound, the high from November 13.
Copper futures traded at a three-month low on Thursday, ahead of the confirmation hearing for Federal Reserve chair nominee Janet Yellen.
CRUDE
On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light sweet crude futures for delivery in December traded at USD94.04, up 0.29%, in a range of 93.83 – 94.09.
The commodity hit a session low of USD92.53 and a high of USD94.42.
The December contract settled up 0.90% at USD93.88 a barrel on Wednesday.
Elsewhere, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported earlier that crude oil inventories last week rose by 2.6 million barrels, far more than the 994,000 barrels predicted by analysts.
Crude oil prices held onto overnight gains in early Asia trade on Friday after Federal Reserve Chair Nominee Janet Yellen told lawmakers that monetary stimulus tools shouldn’t be removed too soon in order to ensure recovery doesn’t falter.
Global Economic Data
TIME DATA PRV EXP IMPACT
7.00 P.M Empire State Manufacturing Index 1.5 5.2 MEDIUM
7.00 P.M Import Prices m/m 0.2% -0.4% MEDIUM
7.45 P.M Capacity Utilization Rate 78.3% 78.3% MEDIUM
7.45 P.M Industrial Production m/m 0.6% 0.1% MEDIUM
Empire State Manufacturing Index
Source Federal Reserve Bank of New York (latest release)
Measures Level of a diffusion index based on surveyed manufacturers in New York state;
Usual Effect Actual > Forecast = Good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, around the middle of the current month;
Next Release Dec 16, 2013
FF Notes Above 0.0 indicates improving conditions, below indicates worsening conditions;
Why Traders
Care
It’s a leading indicator of economic health – businesses react quickly to market conditions, and changes in their sentiment can be an early signal of future economic activity such as spending, hiring, and investment;
Derived Via Survey of about 200 manufacturers in New York state which asks respondents to rate the relative level of general business conditions;
Also Called New York Manufacturing Index;
Import Prices m/m
FF Alert Release date delayed by 2 days due to the US government shutdown;
Source Bureau of Labor Statistics (latest release)
Measures Change in the price of imported goods and services purchased domestically;
Usual Effect Actual > Forecast = Good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, about 13 days after the month ends;
Next Release Dec 12, 2013
FF Notes This is the earliest government-released inflation data;
Why Traders
Care
It contributes to inflation for businesses and consumers, especially those who rely heavily on imported goods and services;
Capacity Utilization Rate
Source Federal Reserve (latest release)
Measures Percentage of available resources being utilized by manufacturers, mines, and utilities;
Usual Effect Actual > Forecast = Good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, about 16 days after the month ends;
Next Release Dec 16, 2013
Why Traders
Care
It’s a leading indicator of consumer inflation – when producers are nearing full capacity they respond by raising prices, and the higher costs are usually passed on to the consumer;
Source Federal Reserve (latest release)
Measures Percentage of available resources being utilized by manufacturers, mines, and utilities;
Industrial Production m/m
Source Federal Reserve (latest release)
Measures Change in the total inflation-adjusted value of output produced by manufacturers, mines, and utilities;
Usual Effect Actual > Forecast = Good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, about 16 days after the month ends;
Next Release Dec 16, 2013
Why Traders
Care
It’s a leading indicator of economic health – production reacts quickly to ups and downs in the business cycle and is correlated with consumer conditions such as employment levels and earnings;
Also Called Factory Output;
Source Federal Reserve (latest release)
Measures Change in the total inflation-adjusted value of output produced by manufacturers, mines, and utilities;
Technical Levels
SUPPORT 1 SUPPORT 2 RESISTANCE 1 RESISTANCE 2
GOLD 1261 1253 1279 1291
SILVER 20.28 20.12 20.01 21.17
COPPER 3.1338 3.1081 3.2038 3.2738
CRUDE 93.02 92.17 94.63 95.39
Commodity Contract S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
 SILVER
Silver edged higher overnight to open at the day’s high of 20.78/20.83. It traded within range for most of the session before declining to a four-week low of 20.40/20.45 later in the afternoon prior to concluding the day at 20.45/20.50.
Silver closed lower today at 20.50, the 5th lower close in a row. Intraday, we breached the 20.49 low from October 15. The move opens up a retracement to 19.16, the low from August 2013. We are bearish silver so long as it is trading below resistance in the low 21’s.
The gold-silver ratio has shot higher in the past two sessions, currently trading at 61.84. Gold typically outperforms silver in a bear market. Resistance is at the most recent major high at 62.37. There is support from the daily uptrend, which currently comes in at 59.18.
Silver rose as weakness in rupee supported amid growing speculation the U.S. was moving closer to taking military action against Syria’s government.
An early end to stimulus could hurt precious metals by drawing investors away from non-interest-bearing assets.
Holdings at ishares silver trust gained by 44.99 tonnes to 10600.69 tonnes from 10555.70 tonnes.
GOLD
Gold moved higher overnight to open at 1276.50/1277.50. It immediately rose to a high of 1280.00/1281.00 as the dollar dropped and 10-year U.S. yields fell following mixed signals on the timing of tapering of the monetary stimulus program. The metal traded within range for most of the day before edging lower to close at the session low of 1268.50/1269.50.
Gold closed higher today at 1269. The risk is still for a full retracement back to the October low in the 1252 area. A breach of support at 1252 would open up the June low of 1180. We are bearish gold so long as it is trading below 1307.
Gold climbed to the Life time High as Rupee dropped and political tension over Syria increased demand for the precious metal as a store of value.
Western powers told the Syrian opposition to expect a strike against Syria President Bashar al-Assad’s forces within days.
SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed ETF, said its holdings rose 0.10 percent, or 0.90 tonnes, to 921.03 tonne.
COPPER
On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, copper futures for December delivery traded at USD3.191 a pound during European morning trade, down 1.35%.
Comex copper prices fell to a session low of USD3.186 a pound earlier, the weakest level since August 8.
The December contract settled 0.78% lower on Tuesday to end at USD3.234 a pound.
Copper prices were likely to find support at USD3.174 a pound, the low from August 8 and resistance at USD3.258 a pound, the high from November 12.
Copper futures tumbled to the lowest level since August on Wednesday, after a top-level Communist Party meeting disappointed investors and amid growing speculation the Federal Reserve will begin tapering its asset purchase program at its December policy meeting.
Copper crossed 500 mark as support seen due to weakness in rupee while a potential western strike on Syria made investor bets more cautious.
The economy of China is showing clear signs of stabilisation, helped by policy support and some improvement in global demand.
In the US, recent data on durable goods, single family home sales and business spending on capital goods have been disappointing.
CRUDE
On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light sweet crude futures for delivery in December traded at USD93.71, down 0.19%, in a range of 93.45 – 93.78.
Some traders expect that more refiners than estimated have curbed their crude processing amid seasonal maintenance work and that could bring in the data more bearish than forecast. The American Petroleum Institute, an industry group, overnight said crude oil stocks rose 600,000 barrels in the week.
Crude oil prices weakened in Asia on Thursday as some doubt is cast ahead of a weekly stocks report later in the day from the U.S. Energy Information Administration that is expected to show a drop in stocks to 994 million barrels from 1.577 billion.
Crude oil gained as tensions mounted in Syria, heightening geopolitical and crude oil supply risk in the Middle East.
Crude oil prices were also boosted as protesters stopped production at oil fields in Western Libya.
U.S. crude stocks rose last week while gasoline inventories declined and distillate stocks increased, API data showed.
 Global Economic Data
TIME DATA PRV EXP IMPACT
7.00 P.M Trade Balance -38.8B -38.7B STRONG
7.00 P.M Unemployment Claims 336K 331K STRONG
8.30 P.M Fed Chairperson-Designate Yellen Testifies STRONG
8.30 P.M Crude Oil Inventories 1.6M 0.7M MEDIUM
Trade Balance
FF Alert Release date delayed by 9 days due to the US government shutdown;
Source Bureau of Economic Analysis (latest release)
Measures Difference in value between imported and exported goods and services during the reported month;
Usual Effect Actual > Forecast = Good for currency;
Frequency Released monthly, about 35 days after the month ends;
Next Release Dec 4, 2013
FF Notes A positive number indicates that more goods and services were exported than imported;
Why Traders
Care
Export demand and currency demand are directly linked because foreigners must buy the domestic currency to pay for the nation’s exports. Export demand also impacts production and prices at domestic manufacturers;
Also Called International Trade;
Unemployment Claims
Source Department of Labor (latest release)
Measures The number of individuals who filed for unemployment insurance for the first time during the past week;
Usual Effect Actual < Forecast = Good for currency;
Frequency Released weekly, 5 days after the week ends;
Next Release Nov 21, 2013
FF Notes This is the nation’s earliest economic data. The market impact fluctuates from week to week – there tends to be more focus on the release when traders need to diagnose recent developments, or when the reading is at extremes;
Why Traders
Care
Although it’s generally viewed as a lagging indicator, the number of unemployed people is an important signal of overall economic health because consumer spending is highly correlated with labor-market conditions. Unemployment is also a major consideration for those steering the country’s monetary policy;
Also Called Jobless Claims, Initial Claims;
Fed Chairperson-Designate Yellen Testifies
FF Alert Text of the testimony was unexpectedly released 17 hours earlier than the speaking time listed;
Description Due to testify on monetary policy before the Senate Banking Committee, in Washington DC;
Source Federal Reserve (latest release)
Speaker Federal Reserve Chairperson-Designate Janet Yellen;
Usual Effect More hawkish than expected = Good for currency;
FF Notes The testimony usually comes in 2 parts: first she reads a prepared statement (a text version is made available on the Fed’s website at the start), then the committee will hold a question and answer session. Since the questions are not known beforehand they can make for some unscripted moments that lead to heavy market volatility;
Why Traders
Care
As the Chairperson-Designate of the central bank, volatility will likely be experienced during her speeches as traders attempt to predict her affect on the bank’s monetary policy;
Acro Expand Federal Reserve (Fed);

Crude Oil Inventories

Source Energy Information Administration (latest release)
Measures Change in the number of barrels of crude oil held in inventory by commercial firms during the past week;
Usual Effect No consistent effect – there are both inflationary and growth implications;
Frequency Released weekly, 4 days after the week ends;
Next Release Nov 20, 2013
FF Notes While this is a US indicator, it most affects the loonie due to Canada’s sizable energy sector;
Why Traders
Care
It influences the price of petroleum products which affects inflation, but also impacts growth as many industries rely on oil to produce goods;
Also Called Crude Stocks, Crude Levels;
Acro Expand Energy Information Administration (EIA);
Technical Levels
  SUPPORT 1 SUPPORT 2 RESISTANCE 1 RESISTANCE 2
GOLD 1276 1271 1287 1293
SILVER 21.19 21.10 21.41 21.54
COPPER 3.2431 3.2270 3.2756 3.2920
CRUDE 94.37 93.60 95.64 96.14
Commodity Contract S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
Silver prices fell to a three-and-a-half week low on Tuesday, as ongoing expectations that the Federal Reserve will start to unwind its stimulus program by the end of the year weighed.
Gold futures traded near the lowest level in almost four-weeks on Tuesday, amid speculation the Federal Reserve will begin tapering its asset purchase program at its December policy meeting.
Crude oil futures edged lower on Tuesday, as a broadly stronger U.S. dollar and ongoing uncertainty over the duration of the Federal Reserve’s stimulus program weighed.
SILVER 
On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, silverfutures for December delivery traded at USD21.26 a troy ounce during European morning trade, down 0.3%.  Silver prices fell to a session low of USD21.23 a troy ounce earlier, the weakest level since October 17. The December contract ended 1.57% lower to settle at USD21.31 a troy ounce on Friday. 
Silver also breached a support level this week, closing at 21.30 and taking out 21.67 in its wake, which was the 50% retracement of the most recent uptrend. Support is at the last major low, 20.49, while 21.67 should now act as resistance. A breach of support at 20.49 opens up a retracement to the 2013 low of 18.23.
Silver ended with gains due to weak rupee despite renewed uncertainty over when Fed will scale back its stimulus measures.
The jobs growth was even more surprising as it came in a month when a budget standoff in Washington forced a 16-day government shutdown.
Holdings at ishares silver trust dropped by 53.93 tonnes to 10443.82 tonnes from 10497.75 tonnes.
GOLD 
On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold futures for December delivery traded at USD1,281.00 a troy ounce, down 0.01%, in Asia.
Gold prices hit a session low of USD1,278.50 a troy ounce and high of USD1,288.40 a troy ounce on Monday in New York.
Gold had a bearish week, closing lower at 1285 and breaking support at the Fibonacci convergence area between 1301 and 1307. These levels were the 50% retracement of the long-term (2008 to 2011) uptrend, and 50% retracement of the July to August 2013 uptrends, respectively. This area should now act as resistance, while support comes in at the last major low at 1251. A breach of 1251 would be very bearish, as it would signal that gold’s downtrend off its 1921 high in 2011, is not over. The breach of 1251 opens up the 2013 low of 1180, then 1155, the 61.8% retracement of the long-term uptrend. The 1155 level is the ultimate technical target of the correction of the long-term uptrend.
Gold gains as rupee weakness supported prices despite speculation Fed could soon start scaling back its monetary stimulus.
The U.S. central bank could start cutting back on its $85 billion monthly bond purchases as early as next month.
Gold’s recent drop to below $1,300 has failed to attract demand in Asia as buyers wait on the sidelines on expectations that prices will weaken further.
COPPER
On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, copper futures for December delivery traded at USD3.263 a pound during European morning trade, up 0.3%.
Copper prices traded in a range between USD3.257 a pound, the session low and a daily high of USD3.276 a pound.
The December contract settled 0.17% higher on Friday to end at USD3.254 a pound.
Copper prices were likely to find support at USD3.222 a pound, the low from November 6 and resistance at USD3.308 a pound, the high from November 4.
Copper futures edged higher on Monday, after upbeat Chinese factory output data boosted future demand expectations from the world’s largest copper consumer.
Copper edged higher after upbeat Chinese factory output data boosted future demand expectations from the world’s largest copper consumer.
China’s production of refined copper rose 2.9 percent month-on-month to a second straight monthly record in October.
Market players now looked ahead to the outcome of a four-day meeting of China’s top Communist Party officials on Tuesday.
CRUDE 
On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light sweet crude futures for delivery in December traded at USD94.95 a barrel, down 0.20%, in Asia. The commodity hit a session low of USD94.12 and a high of USD95.38. 
Trade sanctions slapped on Iran because of its alleged nuclear ambitions have taken out more than 1 million barrels per day of oil from the global market and were a centerpiece of weekend talks among the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, Germany, France and Iran.
Crude oil prices slipped in early Asian trade Tuesday, giving back some of the gains overnight after talks between Iran and Western failed to reach an agreement that could ease sanctions on crude exports.
Crude oil edged up after Iran and six world powers failed to reach a deal on Tehran’s nuclear programme.
Saudi Arabia produced 9.75 million barrels per day bpd of crude oil in October this year down from 10.1 million bpd in the previous month.
Kuwait’s oil minister said he expected OPEC to keep its crude oil output target unchanged at its next meeting.