Oil eyeing USD 60
The oil price rally just keeps on going. It appeared to have stalled this time last week but there’s much more optimism in the markets this week and that’s being reflected here. Larger inventory drawdowns and the determination of OPEC+ to rebalance the market rapidly, as per their comments this week following the monthly meeting, has further supported the recent moves.
With Brent now fast approaching USD60 a barrel, an incredible feat given events over the last 12 months, we’ll soon see whether it has the momentum to jump into a new price bracket. A move above USD60 is psychologically significant. And while OPEC+ may welcome prices continuing on this trajectory in the near-term, they will become increasingly wary about the re-emergence of US shale given the challenges it has posed in the past. With momentum not easing up at the moment, we may be talking about USD60 WTI soon, not just Brent.
Gold getting whacked by resurgent dollar and yields
It’s been a rotten week for gold. Higher yields and a stronger dollar after a big technical breakout has crushed the yellow metal, driving it back below USD1,800 for the first time since the start of December. The dollar broke above the neckline of an inverse head and shoulders and could see some reprieve in the near-term, supported by higher yields.
That could mean gold testing late November lows before too long, with USD1,750 and USD1,700 then being big tests below. The trend isn’t looking overly favourable for gold in the near-term but the dollar is expected to remain under pressure in the medium to long-term so it doesn’t necessarily spell the end for the precious metal.
Musk having fun with cryptos
Elon Musk is clearly having a lovely time, the self-proclaimed “destroyer of shorts” is using his Twitter influence to pump up crypto’s with Dogecoin his toy of choice at the moment. Whether that’s good for the space longer term is another thing but will anyone who held it before this week really care?
Bitcoin reaped similar benefits following its flirtation with the Tesla CEO and co-founder last week, although its surge was more modest by comparison and didn’t last very long. Perhaps the prospects of more of these antics from Musk is the latest bull signal for cryptocurrencies. Although his foray into Dogecoin may encourage speculators to turn their attention to other altcoins in the hope of even greater returns. Sounds healthy. Musk doesn’t appear to be getting bored though.
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