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.
GBP/USD: daily outlook
2019-11-11 • Updated
The British pound is hovering around key resistance line at 1.2495 being almost intact after the UK labor market report. The data was a mixed bag with jobless claims rising to the record 25.5K unseen from 2011, steady unemployment rate and upbeat wages.
Yesterday, GBP/USD rose to its monthly high on the better-than-expected inflation figures that came out of the UK. Many analysts believe that consumer prices will continue rising thanks to weak pound and surging oil prices. However, the heightened inflation rate will unlikely push the Bank of England to tighten its monetary policy. BoE’s officials said at their last meeting that they won’t be in rush to raise interest rates in the near-term future. It seems that they are prepared to tolerate inflation above the 2% target. So, we don’t expect them undertaking any measures until inflation hits at least 3%.
There are plenty of news on the Brexit front. EU members mainly backed the wording contained in draft negotiating guidelines written by European Union President Donald Tusk after Theresa May formally notified the European officials about the UK’s intentions to leave the union. The formal approval of the guidelines will be delivered at the summit in Brussels on April 29. But even after the release of the EU negotiating stance, the talks on the EU-UK future trade relationships will probably start after elections in France and then Germany. This would offer the British pound a short respite to regain its value in the near-term future.
The technical outlook for GBP/USD after the pair broke the range of strong resistances at 1.2463 (the diagonal trendline and 100-H4 MA), 1.2495 (the upper border of Ichimoku cloud on H4 timeframe) is bullish. There is a room for a further upsurge to 1.2555 (April 3 high). On the downside, the immediate supports can be found at 1.2433, 1.2375 (200-H4 MA).
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.