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Global Commodity Technical Analysis Report

Mixed Sentiments Prevailed Across Commodities Segments– Natural Gas, Copper

Dec 14, 2022

Global Commodity Market Wrap-Up

Last week, commodities prices witnessed mixed momentum. Precious metals witnessed positive movement, led by Silver with 2.16% and gold with 0.12%. Base metals also traded on a positive tone last week where Zinc and Copper's prices witnessed a weekly gain of 5.61% and 0.93%, respectively, while Lead prices settled with a marginal loss of 0.11%.

On the Energy front, Crude Oil prices fell sharply and settled at a weekly loss of 11.20%. Moreover, natural gas prices settled with a small loss of 1.41%. Meanwhile, Agricultural commodities prices were traded in positive territory.

In the current week, most commodities are trading on a positive note. The precious metals prices are trading on a positive note. Base metals are showing some sharp upside movement from the lower levels. On the energy front, Crude Oil and Natural gas prices recovered sharply from the major support zone. The agricultural commodities basket is trading in a mixed tone in the existing week.

The upcoming macroeconomic events that may impact the market sentiments include an update on US Core Retail Sales, US Empire State Manufacturing Survey, and Unemployment Insurance Claims released weekly.

Having understood the global commodities performance over the past one week, taking cues from major global economic events, and based on technical analysis, noted below are the recommendations with the generic insights, entry price, target prices, and stop-loss for Natural Gas February Futures (NYMEX: NGG23) and Copper January Futures (LME: CMCUF23) for the next 1-2 weeks duration:

Natural Gas February Futures Contract (NYMEX: NGG23)

Price Action and Technical Indicator Analysis:

NYMEX Natural Gas February Futures' prices are taking support from the rising trendline and are sustaining above the trendline support from the past few trading sessions, indicating the possibility of an uptrend. Moreover, the leading indicator RSI (14-period) is moving above the midpoint and showing a reading of ~51.12 levels, which further supports the positive trend. The prices are trading above the 50-period SMA on a weekly chart, which may support the prices in the near term.

Now the next crucial resistance levels appear to be at USD 7.500 and USD 7.800, and prices may test these levels in the coming sessions (1-2 weeks). 

As per the above-mentioned price action and technical indicators analysis, Natural Gas February Futures (NYMEX: NGG23) is looking technically well-placed for a ‘Buy’ rating. Investment decision should be made depending on an individual’s appetite for upside potential, risks, and any previous holdings. This recommendation is purely based on technical analysis, and fundamental analysis has not been considered in this report. Technical summary of ‘Buy’ recommendation is as follows:

Copper January Futures Contract (LME: CMCUF23)

Price Action and Technical Indicator Analysis:

LME Copper January Futures’ prices started to move upside after forming a double bottom pattern (bullish pattern) and are sustaining above the neckline breakout level, indicating the possibility of an uptrend. Moreover, the leading indicator RSI (14-period) is moving above the midpoint and showing a reading of ~54.15 levels, which further supports the positive trend. The prices are trading above the 21-period SMA on a weekly chart.

Now the next crucial resistance levels appear to be at USD 8980.000 and USD 9250.000, and prices may test these levels in the coming sessions (1-2 weeks). 

As per the above-mentioned price action and technical indicators analysis, Copper January Futures (LME: CMCUF23) is looking technically well-placed for a ‘Buy’ rating. Investment decision should be made depending on an individual’s appetite for upside potential, risks, and any previous holdings. This recommendation is purely based on technical analysis, and fundamental analysis has not been considered in this report. Technical summary of ‘Buy’ recommendation is as follows:

Upcoming Major Global Economic Events

Market events occur on a day-to-day basis depending on the frequency of the data and generally include an update on employment, inflation, GDP, WASDE report, consumer sentiments, etc. Noted below are the upcoming week's major global economic events that could impact the commodities prices:

Futures Contract Specifications

Disclaimers 

Related Risks: Based on the technical analysis, the risks are defined as per risk-reward ratio (~0.80:1.00), however, returns are generated within 1-2 weeks’ time frame. This may be looked at by Individuals with sufficient risk appetite looking for returns within short investment duration. Investment recommendations provided in this report are solely based on technical parameters, and fundamental performance of the commodities has not been considered in the decision-making process. Other factors which could impact the commodity prices include market risks, regulatory risks, interest rates risk, currency risks, and social and political instability risks etc.

Note 1: Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

Note 2: Individuals can consider exiting from the commodity if the Target Price mentioned as per the Technical Analysis has been achieved and subject to the factors discussed above.

Note 3: How to Read the Charts?

The Green colour line reflects the 21-period moving average while the red line indicates the 50- period moving average. SMA helps to identify existing price trend. If the prices are trading above the 21-period and 50-period moving average, then it shows prices are currently trading in a bullish trend.

The Black colour line in the chart’s lower segment reflects the Relative Strength Index (14-Period) which indicates price momentum and signals momentum in trend. A reading of 70 or above suggests overbought status while a reading of 30 or below suggests an oversold status.

The Blue colour bars in the chart’s lower segment show the volume of the commodity. Commodity with high volumes is more liquid compared to the lesser ones. Liquidity in commodity helps in easier and faster execution of the order. 

The Orange colour lines are the trend lines drawn by connecting two or more price points and used for trend identification purposes. The trend line also acts as a line of support and resistance.

Technical Indicators Defined: -

Support: A level at which the stock prices tend to find support if they are falling, and a downtrend may take a pause backed by demand or buying interest. Support 1 refers to the nearby support level for the stock and if the price breaches the level, then Support 2 may act as the crucial support level for the stock. 

Resistance: A level at which the stock prices tend to find resistance when they are rising, and an uptrend may take a pause due to profit booking or selling interest. Resistance 1 refers to the nearby resistance level for the stock and if the price surpasses the level, then Resistance 2 may act as the crucial resistance level for the stock. 

Stop-loss: It is a level to protect further losses in case of unfavourable movement in the stock prices. 

Risk Reward Ratio: The risk reward ratio is the difference between an entry point to a stop loss and profit level. This report is based on ~80% Stop Loss of the Target 1 from the entry point.

The reference date for all price data, volumes, technical indicators, support, and resistance levels is December 14, 2022 (Chicago, IL, USA 01.40 AM (GMT -6). The reference data in this report has been partly sourced from REFINITIV. 

Note: Trading decisions require a thorough analysis by individuals. Technical reports in general chart out metrics that may be assessed by individuals before any commodity evaluation. The above are illustrative analytical factors used for evaluating the commodity; other parameters can be looked at along with additional risks per se.


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