SHANGHAI, April 19 (SMM) -- Equities and base metal markets plunged on Friday following news that Goldman Sachs is charged with deception. LME lead prices tumbled 3.8% to USD 2,250/mt, destroying its upward track technically. Trading volume dropped, but total positions saw no big changes. SMM believes LME lead prices will test USD 2,280/mt and find support at USD 2,220/mt earlier this week.
In neighboring markets, the US dollar and Yen surged on Friday due to increased demand for risk avoidance. In this context, the US dollar index closed at 80.83. On the COMEX, investor risk aversion sentiment increased as well, and gold futures for June delivery fell USD 23.4 to USD 1,136.9 per ounce. Silver futures for May delivery finished off 75.8 cents to USD 17.675 per ounce.
Domestic lead market is expected to trade around RMB 15,600/mt on Monday.
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