Commodities Mixed With Energy Rising

Crude prices rose on Thursday based on Iranian supply disruption expectations and a higher than expected drawdown of US weekly inventories. West Texas Intermediate is trading at $70.86. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) published its weekly inventories yesterday, crude stocks fell more than expected by 2.6 million barrels versus the forecasted 1 million barrels drop.

West Texas Intermediate graph

Oil prices have been under pressure from global growth concerns resulting form trade disputes. The trade agreement between the US and Mexico earlier this week has eased those fears somewhat and the looming sanctions against Iran are beginning to impact oil supply lifting crude prices.

The yellow metal fell on Thursday as the trade war between the US and China is close to hitting a new level. Gold used to be a safe haven for investors, but in a trade war scenario with a solid expectation of US growth the US dollar has a higher appeal.

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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