Crude Oil Eyes New Highs Despite Risk Aversion Elsewhere on Fitch Decision
Crude Oil, WTI, Brent, Fitch, AA+, US Dollar, Treasuries, HSI, Nikkei 225, Gold - Talking Points
- The crude oil price pressed toward elevated levels as markets recalibrated
- The Fitch downgrade dominated price action, but the impact has been disparate
- If the risk-off attitude continues, will WTI face headwinds?
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The WTI futures contract is a touch above US$ 82 bbl while the Brent contract has overcome US$ 85.50 bbl.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) inventory report probably helped to underpin black gold after the latest data showed a drop of 15.4 million barrels in the week ended July 28th.
The market awaits today’s US Energy Information Agency (EIA) weekly petroleum status report for further evidence of a squeeze on supply or otherwise..
One of the dominant credit rating agencies, Fitch, downgraded its US sovereign debt credit rating to AA+ from AAA after the North American close. This is the first time that the agency has done so in almost 30 years.
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen referred to the decision as ‘arbitrary’ and ‘outdated’
Somewhat strangely, Treasuries rallied in the aftermarket with yields briefly dipping before recovering. The market seems to be heading toward perceived safe havens, even though this asset is at the centre of the storm.
Going against the grain, gold has struggled today, with the spot price sliding under US$ 1,950.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HSI) and Japan’s Nikkei 225 equity indices have led the way lower, sinking over 2%.
Currency markets have reflected the risk-off tone with the growth-linked Aussie and Kiwi Dollars seeing the largest losses today.
Looking ahead, the US will see MBA mortgage applications and ADP employment change data.
The full economic calendar can be viewed here.
WTI CRUDE OIL TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
The WTI futures contract has made a 3-month high today, continuing on from a stellar run-up through July.
Just above the price, the 82.50 83.50 might be a resistance zone with several previous peak peaks and breakpoints.
On the downside, support could be at the 260-day SMA of 79.62, the breakpoint of 77.33, or the prior low of 83.82 which also coincides with the 100-day SMA.
--- Written by Daniel McCarthy, Strategist for DailyFX.com
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