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.
Morning brief for May 26
2019-11-11 • Updated
Brent futures dropped to $51.00 from $54.65 overnight after OPEC and some non-OPEC producers agreed to extend output cuts until the end of the first quarter of 2018. Market participants expected longer and deeper cuts to curb a global oil glut. So, oil prices tumbled following the announcement. Prior they rose higher being driven by the talk around the extension of the supply cuts. This was the case of buying the rumor and selling the fact.
GBP slumped below 1.2880 from 1.3015 after a YouGov poll showed that the gap between the two major UK parties is narrowing as we approach the official date of elections – June 8 (the poll indicated that Labour Party is within 5 points of Theresa May’s Conservatives). Further on, we expect a move towards 1.2830 on the GBP/USD technical chart. A break of the following level may send prices lower towards 1.2775.
Aussie was trading lower at 0.7428 because of the strengthening USD and falling iron ore prices. AUD/USD will likely consolidate within the range of 0.7380- 0.7480 in the short-term.
The yen managed to find some strength today despite the strong USD. Japan’s headline inflation release in Tokyo morning was in line with expectations. Core figures hit its best level since April 2015. But Japanese core-core inflation is still subdued (it is at zero % level now). The BOJ pledged to keep its current accommodative policy until inflation figures hit 2%. USD/JPY is trading at 111.45 The yen has a scope of extension of its gains toward 110.20. On the upside, we see a strong resistance at 112.50 (near 100-day MA).
EUR/USD is trading lower in the Asian session at 1.2000 from yesterday’s high at 1.2505. The recent comments from ECB President Mario Draghi about bank’s commitment to full implementation of its QE program put pressure on the single currency. Investors were disappointed with ECB refusing to wind down its bond purchase program at previous meetings. Today’s focus will be on the US economic data –durable goods orders (expected to rise in April), Revised UoM Consumer sentiment and most importantly preliminary GDP for the first quarter of 2017.
USD/CAD spiked to 1.3495 overnight as OPEC members failed to commit to longer and deeper cuts. Brent oil futures is trading at 51.20 from yesterday’s high at $54.67 downgrading outlook for Loonie.
China's economy is rocketing. On the other hand OPEC+ countries take the decision to cut the production. What will be the impact on the oil price?
The EU plans to intervene in markets directly to curb rising energy costs, threatening to push the Euro area's economy into a deep recession.
Let's dive into the latest developments shaping the global economic landscape. Good news first: the threat of an unprecedented US debt crisis has receded, as US lawmakers passed a bill to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a catastrophic default. Phew! But don't pop the champagne just yet, because storm clouds are still looming. High inflation, rising interest rates, and sluggish growth are challenges that have yet to disappear.
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.
Let's dive into the world of gold. Currently, the price of gold, represented by XAUUSD, is stuck in indecision, hovering around the $1,975 mark. The market is anxiously awaiting two important factors: the release of the Federal Reserve's meeting minutes and the extension of the US debt ceiling.