European open – Impeachment, BoE, gold, oil

Markets in Full Holiday Mode

It’s shaping up to be another relatively flat session, with investors already in full holiday mode ahead of the festive break.

Source – Thomson Reuters Eikon

The Trump impeachment saga may write some great headlines and put the President in an unenviable group of three that have gone through a similar process but as far as markets are concerned, it’s nothing more than a sideshow.

It’s all well and good being impeached in the Democrat controlled House where only a simple majority is required, it a whole other thing asking the Republican controlled Senate to impeach their own President with a two thirds majority.

BoE and Queens speech to look forward to in the UK

MPs in the UK are not quite in holiday mode just yet. Today they’ll gather for the Queen’s speech before voting on the EU Withdrawal bill on Friday, which will apparently contain an amendment ruling out an extension to the transitional period. Traders haven’t been particularly impressed with this news but with an 80 MP majority, it’s unlikely Boris won’t have his way.

The BoE interest rate decision today will be another non-event today, with markets pricing in a near-zero percent change of a rate cut. Those odds do increase throughout the course of the next year, although a lot can change in that time. I feel the BoE, like many others, may be rather hands off in 2020.

Gold drags sideways in light festive trade

Gold is flat again in early trade but continues to hold around the upper end of its recent range. It’s still struggling to break and hold above $1,480, despite breaching the level on a couple of occasions. When markets are as quiet as they are though, it’s difficult to read too much into these moves as there isn’t anything of real substance driving them. If a trade deal and an impeachment can’t spur the yellow metal to life, what will?

Gold Daily Chart

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Oil extends run to five sessions

Oil has clearly missed the holiday mode memo, rising for each of the last five sessions to a three month high. There’s no lack of momentum in the move and while we may be seeing marginal losses today, there may still be room for the rally to run. Brent could have its eyes on $70 again which it hasn’t hit since April, while WTI may be eyeing a move back into mid-60’s territory. The news has certainly been positive for oil prices recently.

Brent Daily Chart

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.