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Gold Climbs As USD Dips, Crude Oil Resumes Descent On Supply Swell

Gold Climbs As USD Dips, Crude Oil Resumes Descent On Supply Swell

David de Ferranti, Currency Analyst

Talking Points

The precious metals were lifted by broad-based US Dollar weakness during trading on Monday. Newswires pointed to dovish comments from Fed officials as a possible catalyst behind the USD’s dip. Looking ahead; a light US economic docket may offer the greenback bulls few sources of inspiration to stage a return. In turn this could offer gold and silver some further breathing room.

Meanwhile, crude oil benchmarks resumed their descent at the outset of the week with Brent leading the pack (-1.89 percent). Supply glut concerns continue to keep pressure on the energy commodities. This follows reports that Iraq will join fellow OPEC producers Iran and Saudi Arabia in instituting price cuts on their crude exports. The latest developments compound concerns created by a jump in total OPEC production to its highest level in close to a year.

Gold Climbs As USD Dips, Crude Oil Resumes Descent On Supply Swell

The thin US calendar over the session ahead leaves a lack of potential bullish demand side cues for crude. This could in turn make a recovery for WTI challenging. Yet given the magnitude of recent declines a consolidation should not be neglected.

Finally, copper saw modest gains on Monday following a jump in Chinese ore imports of the base metal to their highest on record. The latest trade figures help alleviate concerns of a waning appetite for commodities from the Asian giant. However, alongside a mixed bag of recent economic data from the Asian giant fears over a broader deceleration of economic growth may continue to linger. These may suppress the potential for a greater advance for the growth-sensitive commodity.

ECONOMIC EVENTS

Gold Climbs As USD Dips, Crude Oil Resumes Descent On Supply Swell

Source:DailyFX Economic Calendar, Times In GMT

Market Movements (Mon 13 Oct, 2014, Close 5PM EST)

Energy

Open

High

Low

Close

$ Chg.

% Chg

US Oil

85.51

85.84

84.06

84.88

(0.63)

-0.74%

UK Oil

89.76

89.76

87.9

88.06

(1.70)

-1.89%

Natural Gas

3.858

3.923

3.816

3.91

0.05

1.43%

Metals

Open

High

Low

Close

$ Chg.

% Chg

Gold

1,222.51

1,237.62

1,222.51

1,235.51

13.00

1.06%

Silver

17.36

17.58

17.27

17.46

0.10

0.58%

Palladium

783.1

791.7

779.6

783.3

0.20

0.03%

Platinum

1,259.70

1,273.50

1,252.90

1,261.70

2.00

0.16%

Copper

3.034

3.053

3.02

3.042

0.01

0.26%

CRUDE OIL TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Small buying interest has been renewed at the 84.00 handle for WTI. Yet in the context of a core downtrend a recovery may prove difficult. This leaves a close below the nearby barrier desired to open a descent on the ’12 low at 77.00

Crude Oil: Awaiting Close Below 84.00 To Open Next Leg Lower

Gold Climbs As USD Dips, Crude Oil Resumes Descent On Supply Swell

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

GOLD TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Gold has vaulted over its descending trendline on the daily only to find selling pressure renewed at the 38.2% Fib. The Rate of Change indicator’sprobe into positive territory signals some upside momentum. Alongside a climb above the 20 SMA this suggests a short-term uptrend may be emerging. Clearance of the 1,236/1,241 region could pave the way for a revisit of former support-turned-resistance at 1,257.

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

Gold: At A Critical Juncture Near Key Technical Barrier

Gold Climbs As USD Dips, Crude Oil Resumes Descent On Supply Swell

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

SILVER TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Silver’s recent rebound remains seen as corrective within the context of a broader downtrend on the daily (20 SMA and descending trendline). Yet with downside momentum fading (reflected by the ROC) a consolidation may be a more likely path than a sharp decline.

Silver: Consolidation May Ensue As Negative Sentiment Fades

Gold Climbs As USD Dips, Crude Oil Resumes Descent On Supply Swell

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

COPPER TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Copper remains at a crossroads as it skims across the 3.00/1 floor after failing to post a more convincing daily close below the barrier. Amid the presence of a short-term downtrend a breakout could set the scene for a descent on the 2.96 barrier. Yet the Rate of Change indicator and a sea of Dojis suggests the bears have lost momentum for the time-being.

Copper: Awaiting “Breakout” Within Broader Bearish Context

Gold Climbs As USD Dips, Crude Oil Resumes Descent On Supply Swell

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

PALLADIUM TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Palladium has failed to breach the 38.2% Fib. near 801 and respected the 20 SMA on the daily. This suggests we may see the precious metal return to its downward trajectory. A close below 775 would open a revisit of the recent lows near 735. However, some caution in playing the downside is warranted by fading sentiment suggested by the Rate of Change indicator.

Palladium: Respect Of Key Fib. Puts 735 Back On The Cards

Gold Climbs As USD Dips, Crude Oil Resumes Descent On Supply Swell

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

PLATINUM TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Platinum’s recovery has stumbled ahead of the 38.2% Fib. and 20 SMA. Alongside a Shooting Star formation the bears seem unprepared to relinquish their grip on prices. The daily close below the 1,263 floor would see the precious metal turn its sights on the recent lows near 1,186.

Platinum: Sights Turn Back To 1,186 With Downtrend Intact

Gold Climbs As USD Dips, Crude Oil Resumes Descent On Supply Swell

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

Written by David de Ferranti, Currency Analyst, DailyFX

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