Risks remain to the downside for oil and gold

Oil back under pressure

Oil couldn’t hang on to earlier gains, slipping back into negative territory as the session wore on.

WTI is closing in on $35 again and further losses are looking likely. The next key level is $33, a particular area of interest back in May when crude was trading around these levels.This also coincides with $35 in Brent, a break of which could be the tipping point as far as OPEC+ are concerned.

There’s a couple of weeks until the next JMMC meeting and the next full meeting of OPEC and its allies isn’t until the end of November/start of December. Can they afford to wait that long? A move back towards $30 may force them to act sooner, in some form or another. A postponement of January’s two million barrel increase may be enough for now.

Gold bounce nothing to get excited about

Gold prices are bouncing back a little at the end of the week but I’m not particularly encouraged.

The yellow metal has come under pressure this week as risk appetite has deteriorated and the dollar has come back into favour. This may just be a bit of a technical bounce after gold fell back to the Augst and September lows around $1,850.

Gold continues to look vulnerable and a break below $1,850 is now looking increasingly possible, especially if this week’s risk aversion carries into next. The first couple of days in particular will be interesting as Covid news over the weekend isn’t going to be positive, barring a shock vaccine announcement. A break of $1,850 will potentially open up a move back towards $1,800.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Market Analyst - UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and BNN. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
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