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Crude Oil Recovers On China PMI Beat, Gold Firmer Ahead Of US Data

Crude Oil Recovers On China PMI Beat, Gold Firmer Ahead Of US Data

2014-09-23 04:00:00
David de Ferranti, Currency Analyst
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Talking Points

  • Gold and Silver Reclaim Lost Ground As The US Dollar Falters
  • Copper And Crude Oil Bolstered By Chinese Manufacturing Beat
  • Platinum Eyeing The 1,314 Floor Following A Slide Under 1,360

The precious metals have managed to recover some lost ground in Asian trading today as their pricing currency the US Dollar falters. Manufacturing PMI figures from the world’s largest economy due over the session ahead may offer the greenback some guidance. The leading indicator is tipped to climb to the highest on record. This in turn may firm Fed policy normalization bets and reinvigorate the USD bulls, which in turn could renew pressure on gold and silver.

Meanwhile, crude oil and copper have been bolstered by a better-than-anticipated September HSBC China Flash Manufacturing PMI reading released today. The lift in the gauge of manufacturing sector activity may have alleviated concerns over a waning appetite for commodities from the Asian Giant. A strong US PMI figure later in the session would offer a positive signal for global demand for growth-sensitive commodities. Yet a recovery for crude may prove difficult given the lingering worries over a supply glut.

ECONOMIC DATA

Crude Oil Recovers On China PMI Beat, Gold Firmer Ahead Of US Data

Source:DailyFX Economic Calendar, Times In GMT

MARKET MOVEMENTS (MONDAY 22, CLOSE: 5PM EST)

Energy

Open

High

Low

Close

$ Chg.

% Chg

US Oil

91.7

91.89

90.39

90.70

(1.00)

-1.09%

UK Oil

98.36

98.36

96.38

96.86

(1.50)

-1.53%

Metals

Open

High

Low

Close

$ Chg.

% Chg

Gold

1,214.80

1,220.32

1,207.88

1,214.75

(0.05)

0.00%

Silver

17.81

17.86

17.32

17.73

(0.08)

-0.43%

Palladium

809.8

814.5

798.3

798.4

(11.40)

-1.41%

Platinum

1,334.20

1,336.70

1,323.50

1,324.30

(9.90)

-0.74%

Copper

3.087

3.087

3.03

3.04

(0.05)

-1.52%

CRUDE OIL TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Crude is once again at a critical juncture as it teases at a push below the 90.20 barrier. Against a broader bearish backdrop a daily close below the noteworthy level would be seen as a fresh selling opportunity. This would pave the way for the next leg lower to the 2013 lows near 85.45. At this stage reversal signals appear lacking, which casts some doubt on the potential for a recovery.

Crude Oil: Revisits 2014 Lows

Crude Oil Recovers On China PMI Beat, Gold Firmer Ahead Of US Data

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

GOLD TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Downside risks remain for gold while sub the 1,222 barrier. A Doji indicates some hesitation from traders to lead the precious metal lower. Yet the absence of classic reversal candlesticks lowers the likelihood of a corrective bounce at this stage. This keeps the spotlight on the 2013 lows near 1,180.

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

Gold: Break Below 1,222 Barrier Offers Fresh Short Entries

Crude Oil Recovers On China PMI Beat, Gold Firmer Ahead Of US Data

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

SILVER TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Silver has formed a Hammer formation after tapping the 17.30 target offered in yesterday’s report. However, the key reversal candlestick awaits confirmation from a successive up-day before suggesting the potential for a recovery. Against the backdrop of a sustained downtrend on the daily, a corrective bounce would be seen as an opportunity for fresh short positions.

Silver: Recovery May Prove Difficult Amid Broader Bearish Backdrop

Crude Oil Recovers On China PMI Beat, Gold Firmer Ahead Of US Data

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

COPPER TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Copper has slid under the 3.08 floor, opening a knock on the next barrier at 3.01. A downtrend appears to be emerging for the base metal given the signals offered by the 20 SMA and Rate of Change indicator. However, recent price action has been relatively choppy, warning that a smooth ride lower may be difficult.

Copper: Breakout Below Triangle Bottom Casts Risks Lower

Crude Oil Recovers On China PMI Beat, Gold Firmer Ahead Of US Data

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

PALLADIUM TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

The presence of a short-term downtrend for Palladium warns of further weakness for the precious metal. The daily close below the 50% Fib (805) opens the door to a run on the May lows near 792.

Palladium: Downtrend Warns Of Further Weakness

Crude Oil Recovers On China PMI Beat, Gold Firmer Ahead Of US Data

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

PLATINUM TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Platinum’s woes have worsened in recent trade as the precious metal continues its slide towards the 2013 low target of 1,314. Within the context of a sustained downtrend on the daily and absence of key reversal candlesticks a recovery is questionable.

Platinum: Targeting 2013 Lows Near 1,314

Crude Oil Recovers On China PMI Beat, Gold Firmer Ahead Of US Data

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

Written by David de Ferranti, Currency Analyst, DailyFX

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