Open: London Session | Forex, Metals, Oil, Agriculture December 31, 2020



less The rupee (INR) settled last session with a gain of 12 paise, that is, it closed at 73.30 versus preceding day’s close of 73.42 against the dollar (USD). Though INR looks bullish, it has a critical resistance at 73 and the dollar index is hovering just above a support level.


The January futures contract of nickel on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) has been on an uptrend since early October.


Nonetheless, global crude oil markets have lost about a fifth of their value in 2020 as strict coronavirus lockdowns dampened fuel demand and paralysed much of the global economy. January CFR naphtha-Brent cracks were $0.84 higher at $2.34/bbl; 1Q ’21 traded $0.90 higher at $1.89/bbl while the 1H Cal ’21 advanced $0.94 at $1.33/bbl. January 92 RON-Brent cracks were $0.56 higher at $3.59/bbl; 1Q ’21 traded $0.63 higher at $3.81/bbl while the 1H Cal ’21 advanced $0.69 at $3.98/bbl.
March ICE Brent futures were $0.17 higher at $51.57/bbl, while the rest of the 48-month forward contracts traded between -$0.29 and $0.17. Crude inventories fell by 6.1 million barrels in the latest week to 493.5 million barrels, according to EIA data. Front month March WTI futures were up $0.03 at $48.34/bbl, with the other 49-month forward contracts traded between -$0.39 and $0.03. This is similar to Venezuela setting the price of gasoline at 10 cents a gallon. The January 92 RON Gasoline contracts rose $0.65 at $55.21/bbl; 1Q ’21 was up $0.63 at $55.39/bbl and the 1H Cal ’21 contract increased $0.58 at $55.39/bbl.
The 1Q 2021 Brent/Dubai rose $0.04 at $0.57/bbl as the Cal ’21 contract declined $0.03 at $0.80/bbl.

United States

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