China has issued new oil product export quotas to allow oil companies to send surplus barrels overseas, particularly Sinopec, which has the highest volume among quota holders. While the exact quota volume remains undisclosed, oil companies are forecasted to export approximately 3.5 million metric tons of clean oil products in September, a 10% increase from August.
EUR/USD ahead of Fed speech
2020-10-06 • Updated
The US dollar waned amid the current risk-on sentiment, driven by many reasons. First of all, Donald Trump returned to the White House after spending three days in the hospital. On Friday, he was positively tested on Covid-19, but on Monday evening doctors let him go as he felt better. Secondly, US officials are planning to impose a fiscal stimulus package, which investors have been waiting for. Elsewhere, US and European PMI reports came out better than analysts expected, boosting risk-on sentiment as well.
Today ECB’s President Lagarde delivered a speech and pointed to the uncertain and shaky recovery ahead. Moreover, she emphasized that the ECB is “very attentive” to the exchange rate as officials aren’t satisfied with the current strong euro, which dampens the EU export and weighs on inflation.
Later on, the Fed will speak as well, which will add fresh volatility to EUR/USD. A more hawkish statement will underpin the USD, while a more dovish tone will weigh on the dollar.
EUR/USD has bounced off the 200-period moving average of 1.1800 and headed to the downside. The move below the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level at 1.17640 will increase chances for the pair to dip lower and retest the 23.6% Fibo level of 1.17050. However, the 1.17640 level has been acting as strong support, and EUR/USD has failed to break it many times. That’s why, we can assume that the same case may happen again this time, and the pair might reverse and jump higher. Resistance levels are at the 200-period moving average of 1.1800 and the 50.0% Fibo level of 1.1810.
Thanks to the incredible advancements in horizontal drilling and fracking technology, the United States has experienced a mind-blowing shale revolution. They've become the heavyweight champion of crude oil production, leaving Saudi Arabia and Russia in the dust. They even turned the tables and became net exporters of refined petroleum products in 2011.
Oil prices rebounded slightly on Friday but are still expected to show losses for the week due to concerns about slowing growth in the US and China. US crude futures rose 2.7% to $70.41 per barrel, while the Brent contract increased by 2.5% to $74.33 per barrel.
The past several weeks have been a real triumph for the bulls in the oil market. The Brent spot price grew by 8.5% during the last month.
Gold prices are rising for three consecutive days ahead of the Federal Reserve (Fed) interest rate decision, which is expected to remain unchanged due to declining inflation and a positive economic outlook. Investors are keen on the Fed's interest rate guidance, fearing a hawkish stance that could trigger market risk aversion.
Amid concerns of a Chinese economic slowdown, reports of declining investment often overlook China's efficient investment strategy in emerging sectors for long-term growth. China has taken measures to stabilize foreign and private sector investments, like reducing the reserve requirement ratio to boost investor confidence.