Oil remains supported, gold edges higher

Talk of triple-digit oil not going away soon

Oil prices are a little flat on Wednesday after OPEC+ backed plans to boost output by 400,000 barrels again in March, following some rumours that the group could increase its commitment in the face of strong demand and high prices.

While that may have been welcomed by leaders in consuming countries that are facing a cost of living crisis, it may have made little actual difference as the group is failing to hit its current targets. We could have seen oil prices ease a little had the group agreed but as it is, there’s seemingly little appetite for it which could continue to support the rally. Talk of triple-digit oil isn’t going away any time soon.

Gold’s appeal waning?

Gold prices are higher again today after recovering a little this week. The yellow metal was hit hard last week on the back of another hawkish Fed shift and it remains out of favour, despite paring some losses over the last couple of days.

We’d seen some love for gold over the last couple of months as investors continued to price in the need for higher rates to head off rising inflation. The traditional hedge could remain supported out of fear of inflation remaining higher than forecasts, as has been the case for some time now, but the more central banks act accordingly, the more its appeal will wane.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
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