Oil Price Analysis and News
- Record Crude Oil Losing Streak
- OPEC U-Turn
- Trump Jawboning
- Brent Crude Futures Moves Deeper into Contango
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Record Crude Oil Losing Streak
Yesterday saw oil prices drop for the 11th consecutive session, marking a record run of losses for crude oil, which looks set to continue with Brent slipping some 2% this morning. Consequently, Brent crude has fallen over $18/bbl (-21%) since the October peak, while WTI crude is eying its lowest close of the year.
Ahead of US sanctions on Iran, investor angst over potential supply shocks had risen, which in turn saw oil prices reach 4yr highs. Much to the displeasure of President Trump, the President had increased his calls for the likes of OPEC to boost production to stem further price rises. In response to this, Saudi Arabia had complied to this, with the OPEC kingpin, alongside Russia both agreeing to boost production ahead of the imposition of Iranian sanctions, while US oil production also surged to record levels.
However, at the beginning of November, the US had announced that they would provide waivers to 8 nations, allowing them to continue buying Iranian oil at a reduced rate. As such, this had reduced the potential impact that Iranian sanctions would have on oil market supply, prompting a sell- off in prices as investors priced out risks of higher oil prices.
Consequently, this has led to a U-TURN from OPEC, who at the most recent JMMC meeting and OPEC monthly report expect supply growth to outstrip demand growth, implying that the bearish sentiment is set to continue in their short-term outlook. This in turn, has seen Saudi Arabia now pledge to reduce exports by 500kbpd and call on OPEC to reduce production by 1mbpd.
Initial optimism from potential oil cuts from 2019, quickly receded after further jawboning from President Trump, stating that he “hopes, Saudi Arabia and OPEC will not be cutting production. Oil prices should be much lower based on supply”. While it is unlikely that OPEC will listen to Trump’s jawboning given that the cartel is warning of a supply glut, it is likely that Trump will continue to enforce the view that oil need to be lower.
Brent Crude Futures Moves Deeper into Contango
Structurally oil prices are looking increasingly bearish as the Brent curve moves deeper into contango (Spot price lower than forward price) with the front month spread now -$0.28. In turn, this raises risks of lower oil prices for longer as contango markets typically signal a negative roll yield, prompting speculators to exit bullish bets.
Source: Refinitiv, Managed Money Positioning of ICE Brent crude futures.
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Brent crude oil prices remains on the backfoot to test lower levels. However, with the RSI moving back into oversold territory, this may provide a slight reprieve, which will allow for bears to reload shorts and test April lows situated at $66.60
— Written by Justin McQueen, Market Analyst
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Is Gold Posed to Lose its Luster?
GOLD PRICE FUNDAMENTAL FORECAST: NEUTRAL
- Gold’s recent bullish breakout may come under pressure despite strong safe-haven demand
- A strong US Dollar notching year-to-date highs to limit further advances in gold
- Prospect of a Federal Reserve rate hike pause could shoot the precious metal higher
GOLD PRICE FUNDAMENTAL FORECAST: NEUTRAL
Over the last 5 days of trading, XAUUSD declined 0.72% as investors anxious over slowing global growth sent the US Dollar higher. Although risk-off sentiment should send the precious metal higher, gains in the Greenback overpowered bullish bids for gold. A higher US Dollar makes purchasing gold denominated in America’s currency relatively more expensive thus limiting upside.
Looking to next week, focus will shift to the Federal Reserve as markets await the highly anticipated decision by the central bank’s Federal Open Markets Committee on monetary policy. Markets are currently pricing a 77 percent chance that the Fed will raise its benchmark policy interest rate for the fourth time this year according to the futures market implied probability.
In general, Gold has an inverse relationship with interest rates due to the precious metal not yielding any cash flows like debt instruments. Higher rates result in weakened demand for the commodity as alternative assets such as US Treasuries provide a higher rate of return. If the Fed surprises markets and pauses next week or makes any material downward change to the Fed’s dot-plot, gold could ascend quickly on back of lower future interest rate expectations.
Eyes will also closely watch for the release of several key economic indicators out of America next week. If actual results miss expectations, risk-off sentiment should continue and further boost demand for gold. However, fears over a slowing global economy will incite further rotation of capital from stocks to bonds with investors flocking to the safety of US Treasuries.
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As international buying of Uncle Sam’s bonds increases, foreigners must convert their currency into US Dollars. This drives up demand for the Greenback which becomes a headwind for gains in gold due to the inverse relationship between the two assets.
A third key driver to take note of that will determine gold’s next move higher or lower will be the performance of the Chinese Yuan. As the damaged Asian economy continues to experience downward pressure amid worsening economic data due to the ongoing trade war with the United States, the Dollar may appreciate further against its Chinese counterpart.
The importance of USDCNY to gold is seen in their strong negative correlation. Trade talks between the world’s largest economic powerhouses will largely drive returns for the currencies with the CNY benefiting from any progress President Xi can make with President Trump towards de-escalation tension or reaching a deal.
Due to the mixed event risks and waning bullish technical indicators, the forecast for XAU will be neutral over the week of December 17. Take a look at client sentiment for insight on client positioning and trader bearish or bullish biases.
–Written by Rich Dvorak, Junior Analyst for DailyFX
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Euro Shorts in Charge on Tri-break
EUR/USD Technical Highlights:
- Triangle finally broke, has Euro rolling downhill
- November low, Nov ’17 t-line initially targeted
- Must be cautious once at support, may put in floor
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Triangle finally breaks, has Euro rolling downhill
Friday’s breakdown finally put the Euro outside of the triangle it had been forming over the course of the past month. It’s been an anticipated event, but confirmation was needed first before running with a more aggressive short bias.
Looking lower there is support not too far away. First up is the November low at 11215, followed by the lower trend-line extending over from November of last year; resides around roughly 11180. The way EUR/USD has been trading we’ll want to pay close attention to how it reacts once support is met.
The moves over the past few months haven’t been sustained for very long and this could be another unsustainable drive lower. With that in mind, from a tactical standpoint if the Euro starts to turn up from one of the aforementioned levels then it may be best to call it a wrap as a quick counter-trend bounce could develop.
If, however, selling pressure increases and a break below support unfolds, then perhaps a little momentum may kick in towards near 11100 or worse. It seems unlikely we will see too much power given not only the Euro’s behavior in past months but also because there is only about a week left in the year of full market participation before we go into ‘holiday’ mode. However, even as such, watch and follow the price action first.
Traders are generally long EUR/USD, see the IG Client Sentiment page to see how this acts as a contrarian indicator and is supportive of lower prices.
EUR/USD Daily Chart (Levels, lines to watch)
EUR/USD 4-hr Chart (Triangle broke Friday morning)
—Written by Paul Robinson, Market Analyst
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Price Rally Pulls Back ahead of FOMC
Gold Weekly Technical Outlook: Price Rally Pulls Back ahead of FOMC
In this series we scale-back and look at the broader technical picture to gain a bit more perspective on where we are in trend.Gold prices snapped a three-week winning streak with the precious metal off by nearly 1% ahead of the New York close on Friday. Here are the key targets & invalidation levels that matter on the Gold (XAU/USD) weekly chart heading into the close of the year.Review this week’s Strategy Webinar for an in-depth breakdown of this setup and more.
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Notes:In my most recent Gold Technical Outlook we noted that price was, “responding to up-slope resistance and while we could see some near-term weakness, the focus remains higher while above within this formation” (channel formation in red). Gold is testing near-term support into the close of the week at 1234/36 where the 2017 December low converges on the 200-week moving average with more significant support seen at 1216/21– a region defined by the December open, the 38.2% retracement of the August advance and basic channel support. A break here would risk a larger setback with such a scenario targeting broader bullish invalidation at the yearly low-week close at 1184.
Initial resistance stands at the 50% retracement of the yearly range at 1263 with a breach above the highlighted slope confluence at 1270 needed to validate a larger reversal in price targeting 1287 and the 2018 open at 1302.
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The immediate threat remains for a deeper pullback IF price slips below 1234 but the medium-term focus remains higher while above 1216. From a trading standpoint, look for weakness to offer more favorable entries lower down near slope support.
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Gold Trader Sentiment
- A summary of IG Client Sentiment shows traders are net-long Gold – the ratio stands at +3.55 (78.0% of traders are long) – bearish reading
- Long positions are 1.4% higher than yesterday and 5.8% higher from last week
- Short positions are 2.0% lower than yesterday and 4.9% higher from last week
- We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests Gold prices may continue to fall. Traders are further net-long than yesterday & last week, and the combination of current positioning and recent changes gives us a stronger Gold-bearish contrarian trading bias from a sentiment standpoint.
— Written by Michael Boutros, Technical Currency Strategist with DailyFX
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