Commodities In Need Of A Vix Fix

Global lethargy or naivety, you chose. The VIX’s fall puts the skids under oil and gold.

Oil continued its rebound overnight but could not hold onto the gains with both Brent and WTI spot finishing roughly unchanged from the previous day. Soothing words from Saudi Arabia about extending the production cut deal, possibly into 2018 supported prices for most of the day until a resurgent U.S. Dollar took the heat out of the rally.

Oil will continue to be headline driven as we head into tomorrow’s crude inventory figures. However, one suspects that OPEC’s comments to talk up crude are already generating diminishing returns with both contracts still trading at the bottom end of their long term ranges


Brent spot trades at 49.10 this morning in Asia with resistance at 50.00 and support near the overnight low around 48.15.


WTI spot trades 46.35 with resistance at 47.00 and support initially at 45.50. A break of the latter may see newly minted longs at these levels heading for the exit door.


Gold’s nascent rally petered out overnight, and gold fell to open in Asian trading around 1227.50. Yesterday’s post Macron victory commodity and risk rally ran into a brick wall in European trading as traders booked profits across most asset classes. A resurgent dollar saw the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) fall to 9.77%, its lowest since 1993, suggesting the market thinks the world is a safer place than at any time in the last 25 years.

Whether you consider this a  gross mispricing of risk or not, the fall of the VIX further hollows out the safe haven bid that has underpinned gold for most of 2017. Should volatility remain becalmed, gold may find itself on the losing end of a deeper correction to the downside.

Gold this morning has initial resistance at yesterday’s high of 1236.50, followed by 1241.60. It is hovering rather nervously above the 100-day moving average at 1223.00 and then 1221.50, yesterday’s low. A close below these levels signalling the next possible down leg could be near.

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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.