Commodities Fall as Mnuchin Trumps the Dollar

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s strong dollar comments saw the greenback rally across most asset classes.


Gold fell from its high above 1295 to 1280 overnight, but gold has made a sprightly start in Asian trading, up five dollars to the 1285 level in the early part of the session, before drifting back to 1283.

This reinforces the view that gold is trading as a function of safe haven demand, with ongoing geopolitical tensions meaning that dips will be eagerly sought by investors and traders alike. This weekend’s French Presidential first round elections are looking increasingly murky, and this will most likely fan those haven fires.

Gold has initial support at 1280 with major support at the 1255/60 region, the break-out and the 200-day moving average. Above, gold has resistance at 1296, 1300 and 1308. In all likelihood though, it will be news headlines and opinion polls that drive gold’s short-term direction.

Silver suffered much the same fate as gold overnight and for exactly the same reasons. Silver fell from 18.6600 to close at 18.4100 for the New York session. More concerningly, silver has traced an outside reversal day on the daily charts which are a bearish formation in this case. However one could qualify this, as the move has occurred in a low liquidity holiday market. One suspects that silver will trade on the news as well and not technicals.

Silver has support at 18.3500 initially with possibly some weak long liquidation if it breaks. Behind this, we have support at 18.2500 and then the 200-day moving average at 18.0500.

Resistance lies intra-day at 18.4500 and then yesterday’s high at 18.6550.


Both Brent Crude and WTI fell by approximately one percent overnight to leave both hovering just above short-term support in early Asian trading. In a holiday-thinned market, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s comments were the start of the rot. As the USD rallied across the board, this prompted short-term profit taking in crude as well.

Traders will be eyeing the $55.00 and $52.50 levels for Brent and WTI spot nervously this morning, with a break of either possibly prompting another wave of selling to flush out weak longs. As liquidity is still below average following the Easter break, short term moves could be exacerbated.

The above levels aside, Brent spot has support at $54.00, it’s 100-day moving average, with resistance at $56.00 and then $56.50.

WTI spot has support at $51.40, its 100-day moving average, with resistance at the $53.60 region.


Despite the comments by Mnuchin causing dollar strength, its effect may be temporary given the event risk around the world at the moment. After pausing for breath, precious metals may find support along with oil as the street trades of news headlines this week.

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Jeffrey Halley

Jeffrey Halley

Senior Market Analyst, Asia Pacific
With more than 30 years of FX experience – from spot/margin trading and NDFs through to currency options and futures – Jeffrey Halley is OANDA’s senior market analyst for Asia Pacific, responsible for providing timely and relevant macro analysis covering a wide range of asset classes. He has previously worked with leading institutions such as Saxo Capital Markets, DynexCorp Currency Portfolio Management, IG, IFX, Fimat Internationale Banque, HSBC and Barclays. A highly sought-after analyst, Jeffrey has appeared on a wide range of global news channels including Bloomberg, BBC, Reuters, CNBC, MSN, Sky TV, Channel News Asia as well as in leading print publications including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He was born in New Zealand and holds an MBA from the Cass Business School.
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