Commodities and Cryptos: Oil pares gains post OPEC meeting/EIA report, Gold rebounds, Bitcoin higher post Gensler

Oil

Crude prices pared gains after the EIA reported a small headline draw with crude inventories, but more importantly showed a massive build with gasoline and diesel stockpiles, a 100,000 bpd increase with US production, and a minimal rebound with exports. Nothing to really get excited from the EIA report, so WTI crude should consolidate here until tomorrow’s OPEC+ decision on output.

WTI crude returned to session lows after CDC identified its first Omicron case in the US. It was inevitable that Omicron would make it to the US, but when you combine how quickly it appears to be spreading across South Africa, energy traders are getting more concerned about the short-term crude demand outlook. With just under 30% of the US population being unvaccinated, nervousness about large parts of the country entering lockdown mode could grow if Omicron is proven to be much more transmissible than delta. 

Crude prices may get a boost from OPEC+ delay in delivering an increase in output, but the Omicron variant will likely wreak havoc over the short-term demand outlook.

Gold

Gold is struggling here as Wall Street can’t agree on a clear path for the dollar following Fed Chair Powell’s hawkish pivot and mounting fears Omicron might disrupt growth over the short-term. Fed rate hike expectations are constantly moving as traders grapple with the question, can the Fed really signal rate hikes are imminent as the economy potentially faces another COVID wave?

Gold prices are facing plenty of technical resistance from the three key (200-, 100- and 50-day) SMAs and the psychological $1800 level.  Real yields are rising today and that is another reason why gold can’t really benefit from the risk-off Omicron environment. Gold will likely consolidate here until the dollar takes a clear path.  

Cryptos

Bitcoin is bouncing back alongside risky assets as crypto traders grow optimistic regulators will soon form crypto-banking guidelines that could help deliver the next wave of investment. Bitcoin extended gains after SEC reiterated calls for cryptocurrency exchanges to register with the SEC. 

The cryptoverse is stuck in wait-and-see mode over what inflation will force the Fed to do and with how the regulatory environment will look. Cryptos are the top performing asset class again heading into year end, so any fears that the Fed may have to accelerate their rate hiking plans could prove to be short-term negative for Bitcoin and Ethereum.  

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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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