Oil edges up, gold under pressure

Oil prices spike higher once again

Oil prices rose slightly in New York on Friday, with volatility modest by recent standards. Brent crude finished 0.85% higher at USD 107.80 a barrel, and WTI rose 1.70% to USD 105.35 a barrel.

 

In Asia, however, prices have spiked higher once again, continuing a trend we saw all last week, where Asia bought oil no matter what the price action was in New York. A Houthi attack on a Saudi energy terminal, warnings of a structural shortfall in production from OPEC, and a potential European Union oil embargo on Russia have seen oil prices jump in Asia. Brent crude is 2.85% higher at USD 110.85 a barrel, while WTI has rallied by 2.25% to USD 107.75 a barrel.

 

The prices fall of last week appear to have run their course now, being an aggressive and panicked correction to the equally panicked and aggressive reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As such I believe we have seen the lows in oil now. Brent crude and WTI should settle into a roughly USD 100.00 to USD 120 range. Even if the Ukraine war ends tomorrow, the world will face a structural energy deficit thanks to Russian sanctions.

 

We are now awaiting geopolitical developments. Although I don’t rule out a test below USD 100.00 on a Ukraine agreement, I believe that any dip to the low USD 90.00’s by oil will be very well supported.

 

Gold continues to struggle

Gold prices slipped on Friday in another negative day for the metal, as the washout of long positions placed above USD 2000.00 an ounce continued. That was despite lower US yields, with no sign of support from weekend risk-hedging. Gold finished 1.12% lower at USD 1920.50 an ounce.

 

Gold has eked out a modest gain of 0.33% to USD 1927.00 an ounce in Asia, but momentum is non-existent, and the downside is clearly the weaker side still. Gold has resistance at USD 1950.00 and USD 1960.00 an ounce, its previous capitulation point. Support lies at USD 1918.00, USD 1900.00, and then USD 1880.00 an ounce. A sustained failure of the latter signals gold’s torment continues and that USD 1800.00 an ounce beckons.

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Jeffrey Halley

Jeffrey Halley

Senior Market Analyst, Asia Pacific
With more than 30 years of FX experience – from spot/margin trading and NDFs through to currency options and futures – Jeffrey Halley is OANDA’s senior market analyst for Asia Pacific, responsible for providing timely and relevant macro analysis covering a wide range of asset classes. He has previously worked with leading institutions such as Saxo Capital Markets, DynexCorp Currency Portfolio Management, IG, IFX, Fimat Internationale Banque, HSBC and Barclays. A highly sought-after analyst, Jeffrey has appeared on a wide range of global news channels including Bloomberg, BBC, Reuters, CNBC, MSN, Sky TV, Channel News Asia as well as in leading print publications including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He was born in New Zealand and holds an MBA from the Cass Business School.
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