Oil higher on Pfizer report, gold hovers

Oil rises on Omicron optimism

Crude prices got an early boost after another round of Pfizer vaccine data that allayed fears of lockdowns. Despite all the optimism over vaccine efficacy against Omicron, travel has taken a big hit across Europe and that might not improve until cases decline and governments no longer need to consider new restrictions. Switzerland saw a record high in cases, the UK reported 51,342 new infections and France registered a surge in COVID hospitalizations.

WTI crude did not know how to react to a mixed EIA report. A small draw was accompanied with slightly higher production, limited Omicron impact with gasoline consumption, but softer jet fuel demand and a decline with exports.

Gold

Gold remains anchored until the US inflation report on Friday. Gold gave up earlier gains after the highly anticipated Pfizer announcement showed its booster dose gives a high level of protection against the Omicron variant in a new study. The yield curve is steepening as haven bids ease. The short-end of the curve saw the 2-year tentatively reach 0.70% before settling back towards 0.681%.

Gold will shortly be breaking out of its USD1770 to USD 1795 trading range once the latest inflation report tells investors if they should ramp up their hawkish Fed bets.

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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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