​Oil edges upwards, gold pushes higher

Continuing higher

Oil prices are a little higher again on Wednesday trading around the peak we saw earlier this month. The optimism that’s driving equity markets higher is filtering through to commodity markets as well, with the prospect of stronger growth in the world’s two largest economies boosting demand expectations.

A move back towards $90 in Brent would take us to levels not seen since early November and suggest traders are feeling much better about the global economic outlook. Of course, that’s probably going to be subject to frequent change unless we get a steady stream of good data, while earnings season could put a dampener on sentiment.

Another run at resistance

Gold is pushing higher once more after stalling just above $1,920. The zone between $1,880 and $1,920 has been a major zone of support and resistance in recent years and it appears to have slowed its ascent on this occasion too. That said, momentum has remained strong with the rally so the pause may only be brief. Should it fail to hold that momentum during this latest move higher, it could trigger further profit-taking and potentially a correction. ​ ​

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Former 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.