Crude Oil Climbs as Gold is Perched Precariously

Crude makes a comeback but there is no such luck for gold as U.S. yields and the big dollar march higher.

After a choppy session on Friday where oil spent most of it on the back foot, as the washout of stale long positioning continued in earnest, both Brent and WTI shock of their standing eight counts to rally aggressively and finish the day over one percent higher from their opens. The impressive comeback was sparked by Saudi Arabia compliance comments and the Baker Hughes Rig Count which showed another fall in U.S rig numbers to 736. The decline continues a multi-month trend of falling rig numbers with talk of “peak shale” gathering pace. Prematurely in our opinion.

This morning in Asia Brent and WTI has managed a slightly positive start, trading at 57.95 and 51.80 respectively, a small rise from Friday’s bright close. Geopolitical tensions in the Middle East will continue to support both contracts through the Asian session following Friday’s comeback.

Brent spot will face initial resistance each side of 58.50 ahead of the more formidable 59.10 level. To make serious progress past those lofty heights will likely require fresh news to drive momentum. Support lies distantly at 57.25 and 56.60 demonstrating just how powerful its relief rally was on Friday.

Brent Daily

WTI spot faces resistance at 52.00 and then 52.50 ahead of its long-term resistance region between 53.50 and 54.50. Like Brent, support is distant at 51.10 which is followed by 50.50.

WTI Daily

Gold

Gold closed ominously on Friday at 1280.25, giving up all its previous day’s gains as a  stronger U.S. dollar and rising  U.S. bond yields continue to haunt it. The news wasn’t much better in early Asia this morning with gold falling another five dollars to 1276.25 as the dollar gained more strength again after Shino Abe’s resounding election victory in Japan over the weekend.

With the U.S. 10 year marching towards 2.40%, we can expect golds appeal as an investment asset to continue to dimish in the short term implying more downside pain is possible for the yellow metal.

Gold has now formed a double top at 1291.50 which will be a difficult level to recapture in the short-term.  Gold is trading at 1277.40 and support is now just below at 1275.80, the 100-day moving average and also a double bottom. A daily close below here implies a move towards the 1260.00 October low and also the 200-day moving average. A break of this level could see more stop-loss action and some structural shifts to short positioning.

Gold Daily

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Jeffrey Halley

Jeffrey Halley

Senior Currency Analyst
Based in Singapore, Jeffrey has over 25 years experience in the financial markets, having traded currencies, options, precious metals and futures. Jeffrey started his career at Barclays Bank in New Zealand. However he has spent most of it in London and Asia.Jeffrey focuses on the Asia time zone across asset classes. A regular commentator on business news TV and Radio, he is originally from New Zealand and holds an MBA from Cass Business School, London.