Oil extends losses, gold under pressure

Oil slips closer to USD 100

Oil prices are slightly lower again today and not far from double-digit territory as traders grapple with the prospect of recessions and a tightening of Chinese restrictions. The unwillingness and, more accurately, inability of OPEC+ to turn the taps on more is keeping oil prices very elevated but at a little over USD 100, it’s more comfortable than was looking probable at times over the last couple of months.

The EU struggling to find a coordinated response on Russian oil is possibly helping to alleviate some near-term pressures, although progress with Hungary is reportedly being made. This also comes as some OPEC members warn of dwindling energy capacity as a result of underinvestment, perhaps a sign that we should get used to these higher prices.

Gold struggling as central banks raise their game

Uncertainty and risk aversion in the markets is doing little to support gold at the moment, with the dollar instead being favoured and the yellow metal under heavy pressure. Since coming within a whisker of USD 2,000 a few weeks ago, gold has fallen more than 7% and looks vulnerable to further losses.

Inflation is still extremely high and economic uncertainty is weighing heavily on risk assets. But central banks are being very aggressive to try and contain price pressures which appears to be getting in the way of gold retaining the gains it made earlier in the year when they were still in denial.

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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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