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Crude Oil Prices Weaken on Barry Downgrade, Eye EIA Drilling Data

Crude Oil Prices Weaken on Barry Downgrade, Eye EIA Drilling Data

2019-07-15 03:30:00
Ilya Spivak, Sr. Currency Strategist


  • Crude oil prices lower as tropical storm Barry weakens, IEA warns of glut
  • Incoming EIA drilling productivity data might add to oversupply concerns
  • Gold prices look to Citigroup Q2 earnings report for risk sentiment cues

Crude oil prices drifted lower as tropical storm Barry weakened to a “depression”, triggering reports that long-lasting disruptions in US energy infrastructure will be avoided. Pressure was probably compounded by an IEA report warning that surplus in the oil market has unexpectedly returned despite OPEC-driven production cuts. Supply was said to outstrip demand by 900k barrels per day in the first half of 2019.

Gold prices edged up, erasing most of the prior session’s downswing but holding firmly within the choppy price band prevailing since the beginning of the month (see chart below). The move tracked inversely of similarly-looking pullbacks in bond yields and the US Dollar. Taken together, this price action probably reflects the markets’ digestion of last Wednesday’s Fed policy guidance update.


Oil traders now turn to the monthly EIA Drilling Productivity report for further evidence of oversupply (recently large outflows from inventories notwithstanding), which might nudge prices lower. Official weekly data puts output at 12.3 million barrels per day, within a hair of the record high. Implied global demand readings have idled in a steady range for over a year (though they’ve risen within it recently).

Gold prices are edging lower in Asia Pacific trade as upbeat Chinese economic data stokes risk appetite and drives yields higher. S&P 500 futures are trading close to flat however, warning that the risk-on push may not have scope for follow-through. Traders may be treading cautiously ahead of the second-quarter earnings report from Citigroup, which may opine ominously on the impact of the ongoing global slowdown.

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Gold prices are coiling up in a narrowing congestion range below resistance clustered around the August 2013 high at 1433.85. A break upward sets the stage for a test above the $1500/oz figure. Alternatively, any foray downward faces a formidable support block running down from 1375.15 through 1346.75.

Gold price chart - daily


Crude oil prices are struggling to make good on a break of trend resistance set from late April, idling at resistance in the 60.04-84 area. A break higher from here initially targets the 63.59-64.43 congestion zone. A series of back-to-back support levels extending down through 54.84 caps the downside for now.

Crude oil price chart - daily


--- Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist for DailyFX.com

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