Oil’s busy day, No need for safe-havens keep gold grounded

Oil

Oil prices went on a rollercoaster ride after inflation eased slightly, the resumption of oil flows through the Druzhba pipeline, and as US production rose to the highest levels since April 2020, while oil inventories posted a large build. The EIA crude oil inventory had a lot to take in. ​ The headline build of 5.4 million barrels was greater than consensus estimate of a one million barrel increase. Gasoline demand bounced back and that trend could continue as we are still in the peak summer driving season. ​ Crude demand isn’t roaring here and as production nears the return to pre-pandemic levels, the oil market isn’t look so tight anymore. ​

It is odd to see risk appetite run wild and yet oil prices are struggling here. ​ Energy traders need to see proof that crude demand is improving, before oil prices can rally again. ​ The geopolitical risks from the war in Ukraine and China’s COVID situation are big wildcards for oil that could easily be the catalyst to send crude prices back above the $100 level. ​ ​

Gold

Cooler-than-expected CPI data boosted gold as traders began positioning their portfolios for a Fed pivot in September. ​ Gold initially surged after inflation decelerated sharply but the rally lost steam as some doom and gloom traders began piling back into risky assets. Today is ending up being not a good day for safe-haven flows for bullion as US stocks and cryptos surge.

It is not a foregone conclusion that the Fed will be much less aggressive with hiking interest rates, but stock traders may remain a bit aggressive here. ​ Gold’s path higher is still there, but it might take a little while longer if equities remain bid for a while.

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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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