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Crude Oil Sell-Off Intensifies, Gold Faces Mixed Cues Ahead of US Data

Crude Oil Sell-Off Intensifies, Gold Faces Mixed Cues Ahead of US Data

David de Ferranti, Currency Analyst

Talking Points

Crude oil collapsed during trading on Tuesday as supply glut and global growth concerns continue to keep pressure on the commodity. Over the session ahead US Advance Retail Sales and the Fed’s Beige Book headline the US calendar. Yet the threshold for US data to bolster expectations for more robust demand for WTI may be high. Additionally, the weekly release of the DOE’s Petroleum Status Report has been pushed back to Thursday due to the Columbus Day holiday on Monday. This could leave the commodity lacking bullish fundamental catalysts, which may keep prices suppressed.

Turning to the precious metals; gold and silver saw modest declines over the most recent session as broad-based US Dollar strength weighed on the pair. The USD faces an interesting set of potential scenarios over the remainder of the week. On the one hand, disappointing US data may dampen Fed rate hike bets and weigh on the greenback. On the other, poor figures from the world’s largest economy may feed risk-aversion which could benefit the safe-haven currency. This in turn leaves gold lacking a clear directional bias

Finally, copper found renewed buying interest on Tuesday after Chinese monetary authorities cut short-term refinancing rates. Yet policy officials recently signaled more powerful measures are not needed to stimulate the Asian giant at this stage. This suggests a high hurdle for upcoming inflation data to stoke a policy response from the PBOC. This may in turn leave copper awaiting fresh positive cues from elsewhere.

ECONOMIC EVENTS

Crude Oil Sell-Off Intensifies, Gold Faces Mixed Cues Ahead of US Data

Source:DailyFX Economic Calendar, Times In GMT

Market Movements (Tue 14 Oct, 2014, Close 5PM EST)

Energy

Open

High

Low

Close

$ Chg.

% Chg

US Oil

84.88

85.58

81.3

82.28

(2.60)

-3.06%

UK Oil

88.06

88.72

84.46

85.48

(2.58)

-2.93%

Natural Gas

3.913

3.95

3.802

3.82

(0.09)

-2.30%

Metals

Open

High

Low

Close

$ Chg.

% Chg

Gold

1,235.51

1,238.12

1,230.86

1,232.31

(3.20)

-0.26%

Silver

17.46

17.55

17.31

17.37

(0.09)

-0.51%

Palladium

783.3

795

782

791.3

8.00

1.02%

Platinum

1,261.70

1,275.50

1,260.20

1,263.90

2.20

0.17%

Copper

3.042

3.103

3.031

3.079

0.04

1.22%

CRUDE OIL TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Crude oil has cracked the 84.00 barrier and entered no man’s land on the journey towards the ’12 low at 77.00. With a core downtrend intact and absence of reversal signals the commodity may be primed for further weakness.

Crude Oil: Close Below 84.00 Opens Next Leg Lower

Crude Oil Sell-Off Intensifies, Gold Faces Mixed Cues Ahead of US Data

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 mixed bias for gold based on trader positioning.

Gold: Selling Pressure Renewed At Fib. Level

Crude Oil Sell-Off Intensifies, Gold Faces Mixed Cues Ahead of US Data

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

Crude Oil Sell-Off Intensifies, Gold Faces Mixed Cues Ahead of US Data

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

COPPER TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Copper’s launch from the 3.00/1 floor has found selling interest renewed at the 38.2% Fib. near 3.10. A climb over the 20 SMA and push into positive territory for the Rate of Change indicator may suggest the emergence of an uptrend. However, some skepticism over further gains may be warranted given trendline resistance remains hanging overhead.

Copper: Bulls Take Control Near 3.00 Floor

Crude Oil Sell-Off Intensifies, Gold Faces Mixed Cues Ahead of US Data

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 given the fading negative sentiment suggested by the Rate of Change indicator.

Palladium: Respect Of Key Fib. Puts 775 Back On The Cards

Crude Oil Sell-Off Intensifies, Gold Faces Mixed Cues Ahead of US Data

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. However, a pair of Dojis does little to inspire confidence in the potential for a resumption of the downtrend. A more convincing close below the 1,263 mark would be required to open a revisit of the recent lows near 1,186.

Platinum: Dojis Highlight Hesitation Near Fib. Barrier

Crude Oil Sell-Off Intensifies, Gold Faces Mixed Cues Ahead of US Data

Daily Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

Written by David de Ferranti, Currency Analyst, DailyFX

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