Oil sinks, gold rises

Oil slides on inventories, OPEC+

Crude prices tumbled after gasoline and distillate inventories grew and the standoff between Saudi Arabia and the UAE was poised to end, which would allow OPEC+ to increase output in August.  The Delta variant has put a dent in short-term crude demand outlook and oil prices seem like they can continue to drift lower.

Now that all appears to be well in OPEC+, fears that this coordinated effort will end will get pushed back a little while longer.  Now that Abu Dhabi and Riyadh have made enough progress to resolve the standoff that stemmed from the failed July 1st meeting on output, energy markets will have to wait till next month’s meeting to see how other countries posture for market share.

The deal will take some time to get finalized, but it seems the UAE will be allowed to produce more output next year.  It seems OPEC+ will shortly have a plan to raise output and that is welcomed news, as surging demand had oil market getting too tight.

Energy traders had to wait for the weekly petroleum status report as the EIA had issues uploading the data.  Another large draw did little to boost oil prices as traders focused on the first rise in total petroleum stocks since early June.  The report showed jet fuel demand continues to improve, increasing 186,000 bpd to 1.56 million bpd.  US crude demand is almost completely back to normal levels and that should continue to improve throughout the rest of summer.


Gold prices were boosted after Fed Chair Powell’s prepared congressional testimony signaled the Fed is still a ways off from altering monetary policy.  The Fed does not seem to be in a rush to tap the brakes on stimulus as the labour market recovery still has a long way to go.  The Fed seems stubbornly dovish and willing to tolerate a few more months of surging pricing pressures before considering a change of tune over the transitory/persistent inflation debate.

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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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