Crude prices rallied in early trade after the Climate Prediction Center and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society predicted the US could have a cold, wet winter. If La Niña delivers another cold winter, the natural gas crunch will continue to lead to added demand for crude.
The commodity boom is still in place, but crude prices had to pare gains after US stockpiles posted a surprisingly huge build. The EIA crude oil inventory report posted a headline 6.1-million-barrel increase, much more than the anticipated 521,000 expected build. There is a lot in this report, but the three big takeaways are that inventories posted a big build as refinery runs plunged, but some of that could be attributed to seasonal maintenance. Secondly, US production ticked higher and it will probably continue to do so, but will not come anywhere near the levels seen during the Trump administration. Lastly, demand was mixed; jet fuel demand weakness remains, distillate demand impresses as supply chain issues are keeping truck drivers busy, while gasoline increased but still nowhere near pre-pandemic levels.
Any dips in oil prices are quickly being bought by energy traders. WTI has decent support at the $80 level and if that holds, short-term resistance from the $83 level might not put up much of a fight.
Gold prices can’t break past $1800 after solid earnings and positive data for the economy delivered a broad-based rally on Wall Street. Investors are mostly convinced that large parts of inflation will prove to be persistent, which is why commodities should see strong support for the rest of the year.
With real yields likely remaining in negative territory even as the Fed debates interest rate hikes next year, the outlook for gold should turn bullish for many traders. The dollar still might have some support in the short-term, but eventually that will unwind. Gold’s bullish rebound is facing a plethora of resistance around the $1800 level, but eventually it should make a run towards the $1840 region.
Bitcoin prices are rallying as global cryptocurrency adoption skyrockets. The latest Chainalysis Global Crypto Adoption Index shows massive growth across emerging markets and that trend will continue as investors abroad scramble for inflation hedges.
Crypto traders also shrugged off BOE’s deputy governor Cunliffe’s warning that Bitcoin could trigger a 2008-level meltdown. Russia President Putin also made some comments on cryptos, noting that they have value, but shouldn’t be used for trading oil. Bitcoin is not centralized anymore now that China is out of the picture and further support from a wide range of countries is always bullish for cryptos.
It is hard to imagine investors will pump up Bitcoin to the $60,000 level before next week’s potential SEC Bitcoin ETF decision.
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