Oil and gold head higher

Oil grinds higher

Oil prices ground higher overnight as black gold continued to benefit from recovery sentiment in the US/Europe/China axis. Brent crude rose 1.05% to USD69.45 a barrel, advancing to USD69.60 a barrel in Asia. WTI rose 1.25% to USD66.30 a barrel, adding another 15 cents toUSD66.45 a barrel in Asia.

Brent crude is now within shouting distance of significant resistance at USD70.00 a barrel. A rise through USD70.00 should trigger more systematic buying and see it advance to USD71.50 a barrel quite quickly. Support lies at USD68.25 and USD67.75 a barrel.

WTI remains comfortably within its bullish channel and has resistance just above at USD66.60 a barrel. That will set up a larger rally, potentially reaching near the channel’s top at USD68.00 a barrel. Support is at USD65.00 and then the bottom of the channel at USD64.00 a barrel.

Gold’s outperformance continues

Gold had another impressive session overnight, rising 1.30% to USD1867.00 an ounce. In Asia, it has advanced slightly, rising to USD1868.00 an ounce. The trigger for the renewed gold buying appears to be its rise through its 200-DMA at USD1848.00 yesterday. That seems to have triggered systemic and fast-money buying.

However, the pace of the gold rally appears to be outpacing fundamentals right now, and the Relative Strength Index (RSI) has entered overbought territory. That is a warning sign that gold is vulnerable to a short-term pullback, even if its overall fundamentals have not changed.

Gold has resistance just above at USD1875.00 an ounce, followed by USD1920.00 an ounce, although I do not doubt that more fast money will enter the fray if USD1900.00 capitulates. Gold’s nearest support is yesterday’s breakout region at USD1845.00 an ounce, where the 200-DMA also loiters this morning. That is followed by USD1820.00 an ounce.

Although gold looks set for higher honours, a safer strategy might be to buy on dips rather than chasing it higher at these overbought levels in the short term.

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Jeffrey Halley

Jeffrey Halley

Senior Market Analyst, Asia Pacific
With more than 30 years of FX experience – from spot/margin trading and NDFs through to currency options and futures – Jeffrey Halley is OANDA’s senior market analyst for Asia Pacific, responsible for providing timely and relevant macro analysis covering a wide range of asset classes. He has previously worked with leading institutions such as Saxo Capital Markets, DynexCorp Currency Portfolio Management, IG, IFX, Fimat Internationale Banque, HSBC and Barclays. A highly sought-after analyst, Jeffrey has appeared on a wide range of global news channels including Bloomberg, BBC, Reuters, CNBC, MSN, Sky TV, Channel News Asia as well as in leading print publications including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He was born in New Zealand and holds an MBA from the Cass Business School.
Jeffrey Halley