Oil enters profit taking territory
We’ve entered into profit taking territory in oil markets, with WTI easing back below $60 before recouping some of those losses. Some may say it’s been a long time coming. A 77% rally in WTI since early November is the kind of returns you’d typically only associate with cryptos, or Tesla.
While the moves are probably justified given what’s happened in that period, a mild correction has been coming. Vaccines and the impressive rollouts we’ve seen have delivered strong gains, as have the efforts of OPEC+ – Saudi Arabia, in particular – and the big freeze in Texas, which gave oil prices one final kick this week.
With so many bullish factors now priced in, it seems we’re seeing some of these positions being unwound, which pushed WTI below $60 at one stage. It may dip below there once more, given how long this market has been.
Gold at its lowest since July
Gold is having a torrid time. Even the pullback we’ve seen in gold the last couple of days couldn’t save it, with higher real yields in the US instead piling the misery on the yellow metal. It fell below $1,760 today, the lowest it’s been since early July, in another sign that its near-term outlook is looking far from bright.
The greenback has been struggling to gather strong upward momentum which may have provided gold some relief but unless the dollar index falls below 90, the outlook for it remains bullish which is bad news for gold. Especially in a rising US yield environment.
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