• Gold price achieved 8.9% MoM growth to close March 2024 at $2,238.40/oz., the highest monthly price gain since July 2020. Despite hotter-than-expected NFP and sticky inflation rate that postponed Federal Reserve’s rate cut start date, the continuous building of managed money net positions alongside ongoing geopolitical risk events, these have supported gold price toward the upside.
  • Similar to its yellow counterpart, silver prices managed to settle at $24.915/oz., up 8.9% MoM on the back of increased investor net long positioning. The increase in silver price lagged behind the increase in gold price, as reflected in the rising Gold/Silver ratio since the middle of the month.
  • Copper prices traded above $4/lb. for the first time since August 2023 and ended the month at $4.0070/lb., up 4.2% MoM. This is due to Chinese copper smelters agreeing to lower their output amid plummeting ore processing fees and rising managed money long positions to 87,053 contracts, the highest since May 2021.
  • Micro Copper futures (MHG) average daily volume (ADV) of 5,795 contracts and average daily open interest (ADOI) of 3,290 contracts achieved second highest since product launch and the improved liquidity allows efficient trading among market participants.

Micro Gold (MGC), Micro Silver (SIL) and Micro Copper (MHG) Futures Update

MGC, SIL and MHG price movement and daily range (expressed in terms of one lot notional)

*Intraday price movement is expressed as the difference between the daily high price and the daily low price multiplied by the contract notional in troy ounce (MGC and SIL) and pounds (MHG).

Options Heatmap (Change in OI from March 1 to March 28, 2024)

Key Economic Events in April/May 2024:

Key Economic Event




U.S. ISM Manufacturing PMI

Apr 1,10.00 a.m.

Apr 1, 3.00 p.m.

Apr 1, 10.00 p.m

U.S. Non Farm Payrolls

Apr 5, 8.30 a.m.

Apr 5, 1.30 p.m.

Apr 5, 8.30 p.m.

U.S. Inflation Numbers

Apr 10, 8.30 a.m.

Apr 10, 1.30 p.m.

Apr 10, 8.30 p.m.

FOMC Minutes

Apr 10, 2.00 p.m.

Apr 10, 7.00 p.m.

Apr 11, 2.00 a.m.

China Inflation Rate YoY

Apr 10, 9.30 p.m.

Apr 11, 2.30 a.m.

Apr 11, 9.30 a.m.

China Balance of Trade

Apr 12, 11.00 p.m.

Apr 13, 4.00 a.m.

Apr 13, 11.00 a.m.

China Industrial Production YoY

Apr 15, 10.00 p.m.

Apr 16, 3.00 a.m.

Apr 16, 10.00 a.m.

U.S. Core PCE Price Index

Apr 26, 8.30 a.m.

Apr 26, 1.30 p.m.

Apr 26, 8.30 p.m.

China NBS Manufacturing PMI

Apr 29, 9.30 p.m.

Apr 30, 2.30 a.m.

Apr 30, 9.30 a.m.

China Caixin Manufacturing PMI

Apr 29, 9.45 p.m.

Apr 30, 2.45 a.m.

Apr 30, 9.45 a.m.

U.S. ISM Manufacturing PMI

May 1, 10.00 a.m.

May 1, 3.00 p.m.

May 1, 10.00 p.m.

U.S. Fed Interest Rate Decision and Fed Press Conference

May 2, 2.00 p.m.

May 2, 7.00 p.m.

May 3, 2.00 a.m.

U.S. Non Farm Payrolls

May 3, 8.30 a.m.

May 3, 1.30 p.m.

May 3, 8.30 p.m.

China Balance of Trade

May 8, 11.00 p.m.

May 9, 4.00 a.m.

May 9, 11.00 a.m.

China Inflation Rate YoY

May 10, 9.30 p.m.

May 11, 2.30 a.m.

May 11, 9.30 a.m.

U.S. Inflation Numbers

May 15, 8.30 a.m.

May 15, 1.30 p.m.

May 15, 8.30 p.m.

China Industrial Production YoY

May 16, 10.00 p.m.

May 17, 3.00 a.m.

May 17, 10.00 a.m.

FOMC Minutes

May 22, 2.00 p.m.

May 22, 7.00 p.m.

May 23, 2.00 a.m.

China NBS Manufacturing PMI

May 30, 9.30 p.m.

May 31, 2.30 a.m.

May 31, 9.30 a.m.

U.S. Core PCE Price Index

May 31, 8.30 a.m.

May 31, 1.30 p.m.

May 31, 8.30 p.m.

Source: CME Group, Quikstrike

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