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Hurricane Harvey Hits Oil as Gold Relaxes in Jackson Hole

Hurricane Harvey’s landfall tonight in Texas promises severe disruption in the oil sector while gold continues to chill ahead of the Jackon Hole Symposium.

Oil prices moved lower overnight with WTI by far the worst performer, falling 1.60% in New York trading despite Hurricane Harvey bearing down on the Texas coast, promising extensive disruption to both refining and extraction operations. The answer may well lie with gasoline futures, which moved the opposite way and rose 2 percent on the day. We suspect that a stronger U.S. dollar overnight and position squaring ahead of Janet Yellen’s keynote speech at Jackson Hole were the underlying drivers as Brent also fell, but only by 0.70%.

If Hurricane Harvey’s potential to cause disruption and damage in Texas is what the experts are predicting, we expect that the sell-off in WTI may only be transitory. Damage and flooding to refineries and shale fields disrupted production in the Gulf of Mexico and infrastructure damage is unlikely to be bearish for WTI.

WTI spot trades at 47.60 this morning, at its 100-day moving average. Overnight it broke its trend line support of the last week with this line now resistance just above at 47.80. Overnight support lies at 46.90 followed by 46.45. The picture is not positive from a technical perspective, however, given the event risks mentioned we will take it with a grain of salt for now.

Brent spot continues to trade at a healthy premium to WTI, moving slightly higher from its close to 52.40 this morning. It tested but closed above its 200-day average at 51.85 and support remains untested at 51.20. Resistance at 52.70 continues to be the center of attention. Otherwise, the contract seems content to range trade at the upper end of its monthly range into the weekend.


The summer doldrums continued overnight as gold produced a sideways day ahead of the start of the Jackson Hole Symposium. The trend line support, today at 1282.50, remained untested overnight with gold trading in a 1284.50/1291.50 range.

Ms. Yellen’s speech will decide the near term fate of the U.S. dollar, so patience will be required until her keynote address this evening.

Gold’s price action continues to be constructive as it consolidates the gains of the last ten days. Resistance remains at 1296.00 followed by the Friday high at 1301.00 with support at 1279.00 and 1267.00.

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Jeffrey Halley

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Senior Market Analyst, Asia Pacific, from 2016 to August 2022
With more than 30 years of FX experience – from spot/margin trading and NDFs through to currency options and futures – Jeffrey Halley was 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 and Channel News Asia as well as in leading print publications such as 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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