Oil volatile, gold edges higher

Oil rallies on invasion fears

Crude prices rallied reports that the Biden administration expects Russia to invade Ukraine within 48 hours.  Oil extended the rally after Ukraine was hit with another cyberattack.  The Ukraine situation seems to be heading towards a pivotal moment a lot sooner than everyone was hoping for and that means oil prices could surge here.  An immediate run towards USD 100 oil is still in the cards, but the rising prospects that an Iran nuclear deal could be reached in the coming days may tentatively delay a breaking of the century mark.

WTI crude should remain around the low USD 90s until a major update with Iran nuclear deal talks or if the new Cold War leads to military conflict. Even if an Iran nuclear deal is reached, it will take months to ramp up output so even if oil drops 5%, energy traders will likely buy into that weakness.


A rocky session on Wall Street saw gold prices settle higher as Ukraine gets ready for war.  Earlier optimism that the Russia/Ukraine conflict could find a path towards diplomacy quickly evaporated, prompting investors to run back towards safe-havens.  The gold trade is an easy one right now as geopolitical tensions will continue to drive inflationary pressures to the next level, which will feed into aggressive Fed tightening calls that will threaten financial conditions and ultimately economic growth.

Gold is still respecting the USD 1920 level for now, but a break could see an easy path towards the USD 1950 region.

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Ed Moya

Ed Moya

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