Oil slides, gold eyes USD 2000

Oil slips back but upside risks remain

Another volatile day of trade in oil markets has seen Brent and WTI falling around 5%. Lower growth forecasts and slower Chinese growth at the end of the first quarter amid lockdowns appear to have driven the bulk of the move, although it comes following a strong four-day rally after the world’s second-largest economy started easing restrictions.

There remain plenty of upside risks to the oil price, even at these levels, which makes today’s large declines all the more interesting. Protests in Libya have knocked out around half a million barrels per day of output which contributed to Monday’s rally. While this is only a temporary hit, it comes at a bad time as far as global supply is concerned.
As was evidenced by reports of OPEC+ compliance hitting 157% in March, up from 132% in February. In other words, OPEC+ produced 1.45 million barrels per day less than it promised as part of the deal to gradually return output to pre-pandemic levels.

Profit-taking seen at USD 2,000

Gold prices neared USD 2,000 on Monday but have since pulled back and are down a little over 1% today. This comes as yields continue to rise, along with the dollar, which may be limiting the upside in the yellow metal, even as inflation remains a major problem and investors cling on to safe-havens. Still, while we may be seeing a corrective move, the recent trend has been strong and we may see further runs at USD 2,000 despite initial profit-taking.

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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.
Craig Erlam