- China increased Gold holdings for a ninth straight month in July
- Crude oil unfazed as Ukraine sea attack Russian oil tanker didn’t lead to a major disruption
- US Dollar supported amidst bond supply concerns; 10-year Treasury yield rises 3.8bps to 4.074%
prices are lower following a surge in the and as Saudi Arabia anticipates a bumpy road for crude demand. The Saudis are raising prices across most of Asia and Europe, with the Arab light crude only being boosted by 30 cents, less than the 50-cent rise expected by traders. The initial rally from the news that a Russian oil tanker was damaged only provided a brief rally on Sunday night. Unless we see a meaningful disruption to crude supplies, prices will remain
Also dragging oil prices down is the rising expectation that the US will see a recession by the end of 2024. A Bloomberg investor poll showed two-thirds of 410 respondents expect a recession by the end of next year and 20% see one by the end of this year.
prices are struggling here on a strong dollar and as global bond yields rise and after an early round of Fed speak are still supporting the case for one more hike by the Fed. Wall Street is paying close attention to fixed income at the start of the trading week, which saw the bond market selloff cool at the end of last week after a mixed nonfarm payrolls report. If rally above last week’s high, that could trigger some technical buying and be very negative for gold prices.
For many traders, this week is all about inflation data and any hot surprises could prove to be short-term bearish for gold. As earnings season wraps up, stocks have mostly posted better-than-expected results (excluding Apple (NASDAQ:)), which has hurt gold’s safe-haven appeal. At some point over the next few weeks, if the stock market rally can’t recapture the summer highs, a decent pullback could help trigger a big move back into gold.
AUD/USD and NZD/USD
The chart above shows that the correlation between the and the remains intact, but that the Australian currency might be having a tentative breakout. If AUD/USD can rally above 0.6600, upside momentum could target the 0.6725 region. The Australian dollar is slightly lower given the surge in the US dollar and on expectations, China could see trade data confirm the economy is struggling.
With the RBNZ likely done with any rate decisions for the next year, the New Zealand dollar seems like it will follow the path of global risk appetite. Choppy range trading might remain in place for NZD/USD, which could see the 0.6000 to 0.6250 trading zone hold until the end of summer.