Oil remains rangebound, gold finds support

Still rangebound

Oil prices are bouncing back again today, continuing their better start to the week. The apparent success of China’s transition from zero-Covid to living with it owes a lot to the rebound we’re seeing as a strong recovery will naturally drive much higher demand and competition.

That said, markets have been basically range-bound since early December – albeit in a wide range – and the latest recovery simply takes the price back into the middle of that range. The temporary suspension at the Ceyhan terminal following the earthquake in the region may have also lifted prices a little on Monday but with that likely to be lifted soon after no damage was discovered, it’s unlikely to have been a significant factor in the price moves.

Correction may have further to run

The gold sell-off appears to have stalled around $1,860, where it has seen some support over the last couple of sessions. This was a notable level on the way up as well last month but I suspect it may not represent the end of the correction, given how considerable the rally was from the start of November until last week. We could see gold pare some losses, at which point $1,900 would obviously be interesting, being such a significant area of support in recent weeks. A move lower could draw interest to $1,820-$1,830 which stands out as a big initial test.

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Former Craig

Former Craig

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.