Oil and gold show slight gains

Oil prices edge higher on Ida

With the amount of actual damage to the US Gulf of Mexico production and refining infrastructure still unclear, oil prices edged higher overnight on supply concerns. Brent crude rose 1.10% to USD 73.35, with WTI climbing 0.70% to USD 69.10 a barrel.


Prices have eased in Asia after soft China PMI data and news that the critical US Colonial oil pipeline will partially reopen post-Ida. Brent crude has slipped 0.40% to USD 73.05, and WTI has retreated by 0.35% to USD 68.65 a barrel.


Attention will now turn to the OPEC+ meeting tomorrow, which will almost certainly keep its output policy unchanged and add another 400,000 barrels per day to production. Brent crude between USD 70.00 and USD 75.00 a barrel seems to be the grouping’s sweet spot, and with the futures curve in backwardation, demand remains robust despite the short-term noise. Last week’s V-shaped recovery in prices will also give OPEC+ confidence that markets can absorb the extra supply.


While we await more visibility from OPEC+ and IDA, I expect Brent crude to remain in a USD 72.00 to 74.00 a barrel range. Similarly, USD 68.00 to 70.00 a barrel should contain WTI.


Gold consolidates on technical support

With currency and bond markets having a quiet overnight session, gold saw some profit-taking on long positions. Gold edged 0.40% lower to USD 1810.50 an ounce in a nondescript session. Today, a weaker US dollar in Asia has seen the yellow metal add 0.25% as it climbs to USD 1815.00 an ounce.


Gold’s rally seems to have run out of momentum for now, but that said, it is not showing any meaningful signs of fatigue here either. Gold has nearby support in the shape of the 100 and 200-day moving averages (DMAs) at USD 1809.70 and USD 1813.20 an ounce. As long as gold holds above this zone on a closing basis, it will continue consolidating gains.


Only a fall through USD 1780.00 an ounce will call the rally’s longevity into question while it faces formidable resistance between USD 1830.00 to USD 1835.00 an ounce. Like currency markets, gold looks to be waiting for Friday’s US employment data to determine its next directional move.

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Jeffrey Halley

Jeffrey Halley

Senior Market Analyst, Asia Pacific, from 2016 to August 2022
With more than 30 years of FX experience – from spot/margin trading and NDFs through to currency options and futures – Jeffrey Halley was OANDA’s Senior Market Analyst for Asia Pacific, responsible for providing timely and relevant macro analysis covering a wide range of asset classes. He has previously worked with leading institutions such as Saxo Capital Markets, DynexCorp Currency Portfolio Management, IG, IFX, Fimat Internationale Banque, HSBC and Barclays. A highly sought-after analyst, Jeffrey has appeared on a wide range of global news channels including Bloomberg, BBC, Reuters, CNBC, MSN, Sky TV and Channel News Asia as well as in leading print publications such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He was born in New Zealand and holds an MBA from the Cass Business School.
Jeffrey Halley
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