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Crude Oil At A Crossroads, Gold Could Remain Elevated As USD Drops

Crude Oil At A Crossroads, Gold Could Remain Elevated As USD Drops

2014-07-23 08:16:00
David de Ferranti, Currency Analyst
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Talking Points

  • Crude Oil Hangs Hopes On Bullish Inventories Report As Supply Disruption Fears Ease
  • Gold and Silver Could Remain Elevated If USD Weakness Counteracts Fading Geopolitical Concerns
  • Copper Could Resume Its Climb If Upcoming Chinese Economic Data Prints Above Expectations

Crude oil may be set for a turbulent session with the possibility that fading supply disruption fears could be offset by a bullish US inventories report. Similarly, gold faces conflicting cues as ebbing safe-haven demand for the precious metal may be counteracted by a weaker US Dollar. Finally, copper traders will be given some guidance by upcoming Chinese PMI data which could bolster demand for the base metal on an upside surprise.

US Supply Story At A Potential Turning Point

US Inventories data set to cross the wires in the coming hours could help add some color to a shifting supply and demand story for crude oil in the US. Near-record levels for total crude stockpiles are slowly being absorbed by a pickup in refinery utilization according to recent reports from the DOE. This puts crude oil at a turning point as a robust US economic recovery stands to bolster demand for the growth-sensitive commodity.

The upcoming Weekly Petroleum Status Report is tipped to reveal the fourth straight weekly decline for total inventories, suggesting demand is set to outstrip new supply once again. Another bullish set of inventories figures could help offset some of the pressure facing crude on the back of easing Russian supply concerns.

Crude Oil At A Crossroads, Gold Could Remain Elevated As USD Drops

Times In GMT, Source: Economic Calendar

Meanwhile an above-average build in natural gas storage data over the past several weeks has contributed to sustained declines for the energy commodity. Another higher-than-anticipated print from the EIA’s Weekly Report on Thursday could put further pressure on prices, which have plunged by over 20 percent since their June highs.

Gold Faces Conflicting Cues As Dollar Drops

The latest flare-up in geopolitical tensions have failed to leave a lasting impact on market sentiment, leaving the precious metals vulnerable to ebbing safe-haven demand. However, gold and silver could remain elevated if their pricing currency, the US Dollar continues its struggle. The June US inflation reading released this week does little to alter Fed policy expectations, which may leave the US Dollar bulls lacking drive. Further, a light US docket over the session offers few potential catalysts to spark renewed faith in the reserve currency.

China Data To Offer Copper Cues

A better-than-anticipated reading from the upcoming China June HSBC Flash PMI figures could help alleviate concerns over a slowdown in economic growth in the Asian giant, which in turn could prop up copper prices. A turnaround in recent data from the world’s largest consumer of the base metal has helped the commodity recover some ground over the past several months.

Crude Oil At A Crossroads, Gold Could Remain Elevated As USD Drops

CRUDE OIL TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

The risk remains to the downside for crude following a failure to push back above the 23.6% Fib Level at 103.76. The short-term downtrend as signaled by the 20 SMA is intact, which puts the immediate focus on the 101.36 mark. A break below the 38.2% Fib would pave the way for a retest of the 98.90 mark.

Crude Oil: Awaiting Break Below Fib Level

Crude Oil At A Crossroads, Gold Could Remain Elevated As USD Drops

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

GOLD TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

The push back above the 38.2% Fib Level at 1,305 for gold has left some conflicting signals for the precious metal. The upside break and Harami pattern suggests the potential for further strength. However, with resistance nearby at 1,330 and signs of a downtrend emerging (20 SMA), waiting for a clearer technical picture is preferred before adopting new positions.

The DailyFX SpeculativeSentimentIndex suggests a bullish bias for gold based on trader positioning.

Gold: Testing Key Support Near 1,305

Crude Oil At A Crossroads, Gold Could Remain Elevated As USD Drops

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

SILVER TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

The technical picture has not changed significantly for silver over the most recent session. The failure to hold above the critical 21.10 mark suggests the bears are unprepared to relinquish their grip on prices at this stage. A break back below 20.83 (23.6% Fib) would be required to shift the immediate risk to the downside.

Silver: Searching For Direction Above 20.83

Crude Oil At A Crossroads, Gold Could Remain Elevated As USD Drops

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

COPPER TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Copper has failed to breach the 3.23 level of resistance in recent trading, which casts doubt over the potential for a sustained recovery. Given the emergence of a short-term downtrend a re-test of the nearby ceiling, or break below 3.19 would be seen as a new opportunity for short positions.

Copper: Looking For Short Entries As Downtrend Emerges

Crude Oil At A Crossroads, Gold Could Remain Elevated As USD Drops

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

PALLADIUM TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Playing palladium’s uptrend remains preferred with the prospect of a run on the psychologically-significant 900 handle over the near-term still looking likely. A retest of 861 or push back above former support-turned resistance at 875 would offer a fresh buying opportunity.

Palladium: Looking For Longs With Uptrend Intact

Crude Oil At A Crossroads, Gold Could Remain Elevated As USD Drops

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

PLATINUM TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

While platinum has maintained a slight upward trajectory over recent months, more recent price action has been relatively rough, which leaves a mixed technical bias for the commodity.

Platinum: Awaiting Guidance As Recent Volatility Yields Mixed Signals

Crude Oil At A Crossroads, Gold Could Remain Elevated As USD Drops

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

Written by David de Ferranti, Currency Analyst, DailyFX

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