In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Ashok Mittal, CEO of Emkay Commodities shared outlook on commodities market.
Below is a verbatim transcript of the interview:
Q: How are you mapping commodities on a day like this when we have some poor Chinese data and generally the trend has been weakish?
A: The overall trend on the commodities market – whether it is bullion or base metals or energy products – remains quite under pressure.
On base metals, Chinese data is not very supportive and hence the outlook on the entire base metal pack, especially copper, looks little negative. We think that the prices will remain under pressure on the international markets as well as on the Indian market.
The only difference, which is applicable to all commodities whether bullions or base metals etc is the depreciation of rupee. While the international markets remain under pressure and we expect the prices to remain lower for most of the commodities – the fall in India on Indian rupee terms might be comparatively lesser because of the depreciation of the rupee. Whether it is gold, silver or base metals, the advise for investors is that they should look to sell on uptick.
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Q: Give us a word on what is happening with crude as well that is beginning to blink?
A: In crude, for a long-term perspective we had been saying that we expect the range to be between USD 80 per barrel to USD 100 per barrel. Inventory levels, which came yesterday, are quite good for gasoline as well as crude oil. The expectation in terms of demand increasing is comparatively much lesser.
We expect that crude prices will remain under pressure. In short-term, we expect them to go closer to USD 91-92 per barrel and we expect it should not go above USD 97 per barrel.
On Indian market, we are suggesting to sell crude somewhere around Rs 5,300-5,320 keeping USD 1 per barrel stop loss. We expect USD 2-3 per barrel downside. That means we might see levels of around Rs 5,200 per barrel or lower.
Another very interesting analysis that we have seen on the difference between Brent crude oil and Nymex crude oil is that gas, which used to be around USD 18-20 per barrel has shrunk to around USD 8 per barrel or so. So, we expect that while there will be a lot of pressure on the overall crude oil prices, Nymex crude oil will remain more under pressure because of the factor that the supply is more on that side whereas the Brent will remain not that much under pressure. So the gap between these two will increase further to USD 12-13 per barrel. So this will be a good trade for traders to do. They can buy Brent crude oil and sell Nymex crude oil.
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