Gold and Bitcoin surges on banking concerns, while oil stumbles

  • Low trading volumes and a deteriorating outlook send oil prices sharply lower
  • Gold surges above $2000 level as banking concerns return
  • Bitcoin still capped by $30,000 level


It got ugly a lot faster than any oil trader expected. ​ Energy traders were turning constructive, even last week, the recent oil bear, Citi’s Ed Morse said ‘were close to a bottom in oil prices.’ Oil is in the danger zone as the banking crisis is crippling the short-term outlook for the economy and driving fears that we could be recession bound a lot faster.

Oil basically has weakening prospects from the world’s two largest economies, China and the US, and if the macro backdrop deteriorates, momentum selling could easily send prices below the $70 level.


Gold prices were in the danger zone, but the return to banking crisis fears has triggered a flight-to-safety. ​ We didn’t get a chance to enjoy a short period of calm following the JPMorgan deal for First Republic’s assets. ​ Bond market chaos is seeing yields plunge, which is taking away all the risks of the Fed tightening beyond this week.

Gold will remain a volatile trade, especially if it refuses to take the bait and keep all options on the table for the June meeting. ​ Recession fears are growing and financial stability concerns should give the Fed permission to signal they are ready to pause after delivering one last rate hike. ​ The debate to not even hike might lead some dissents tomorrow, which is something we have not seen.


Bitcoin is back as banking jitters quickly return. Bitcoin is up 3% on the day, but still seems capped by the $30,000 level. ​ Today’s banking turmoil was somewhat expected to happen over the coming months, not the following day from a massive bank rescue. ​ Bitcoin is becoming appealing again given how bad financials are getting hit. ​ ​ ​



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Ed Moya

Ed Moya

Contributing Author at OANDA
With more than 20 years’ trading experience, Ed Moya was a Senior Market Analyst with OANDA for the Americas from November 2018 to November 2023. 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. Prior to OANDA he worked with, 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, cheddar news, and CoinDesk TV. His views are trusted by the world’s most respected global newswires including Reuters, Bloomberg and the Associated Press, and he is regularly quoted in leading publications such as MSN, MarketWatch, Forbes, Seeking Alpha, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Ed holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.