Crude crumbles, Gold softer, Bitcoin drops

Oil slides on mutant Covid in UK

Crude prices plummeted as a fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus emerging from the UK would cripple all travel across Europe and the US.  The short-term crude demand outlook just got dealt a massive blow that will provide added uncertainty over the next couple of months.

Russian deputy PM Novak, formerly the energy minister, noted that the oil recovery will be slower than what was initially anticipated and that OPEC+ output cooperation can’t be endless.  Travel restrictions over the next several weeks will complicate OPEC+ plans to gradually raise output.  The monthly meetings will be very tense and keep oil prices volatile until the virus spread is under control across both Europe and the US.

 

Gold slips as dollar jumps

Gold went on a rollercoaster ride after initially seeing strong safe-haven demand send prices above USD900 before freefalling after the dollar surged.  Today’s price action for gold reminded traders of the panic selling that occurred in March.  The prospects of more stimulus have been driving gold higher, but today’s short-term dollar surge is disrupting that thesis.  Congress is poised to deliver a second stimulus package today, but that has mostly been priced in for gold.

Gold’s bullish trend is still intact but could still be vulnerable if the dollar comeback lasts a couple of days.  If risk aversion reasserts itself, the USD1850 level should attract buyers for bullion.

 

Bitcoin under pressure, more volatility likely 

The best performing asset of the year, Bitcoin is under pressure as a new COVID-19 strain that spreads more quickly is triggering some panic selling across all risky assets.  Bitcoin had a steady flow of negative news after the Friday close when the Treasury proposed new disclosure rules for cryptos and Elon Musk tweeted what appeared to be an endorsement for Doge, a competing cryptocurrency.  Bitcoin volatility will remain extreme over these next couple of weeks of thin trading.

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Ed Moya

Ed Moya

Senior Market Analyst, The Americas at OANDA
With more than 20 years’ trading experience, Ed Moya is a senior market analyst with OANDA, producing up-to-the-minute intermarket analysis, coverage of geopolitical events, central bank policies and market reaction to corporate news. His particular expertise lies across a wide range of asset classes including FX, commodities, fixed income, stocks and cryptocurrencies. Over the course of his career, Ed has worked with some of the leading forex brokerages, research teams and news departments on Wall Street including Global Forex Trading, FX Solutions and Trading Advantage. Most recently he worked with TradeTheNews.com, where he provided market analysis on economic data and corporate news. Based in New York, Ed is a regular guest on several major financial television networks including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Yahoo! Finance Live, Fox Business and Sky TV. His views are trusted by the world’s most renowned global newswires including Reuters, Bloomberg and the Associated Press, and he is regularly quoted in leading publications such as MSN, MarketWatch, Forbes, Breitbart, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Ed holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.
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