This week started with the talk of the United States banning Russian oil exports, so XBR/USD saw $130 a barrel. Then the ban became reality. What does it really mean for the market?
Gold heads south to year’s minimum
On Thursday, gold sank, keeping to a year’s low.
August delivery gold futures headed south 0.3% being worth $1,227.70 an ounce. September delivery silver futures dived by 0.1% trading at $15.565 an ounce.
A traditional gauge of the American currency versus a pack of other crucial currencies, the USD index rallied approximately 0.1% demonstrating 94.29.
A stronger greenback is capable of making commodities priced in this asset less affordable in contrast with those utilizing other monetary units. In 2018, silver has lost about 9.5%. This year gold has declined nearly 6.4%. Having dived nearly 9.8% last year, the USD index started 2018 on the back foot.
Some market experts doubt in gold’s capability to withstand this pressure. They actually expect the greenback’s strength that has put pressure on gold’s performance for the last time to recede during the second half of this year.
Market experts added that a buyback-driven soar in the stock market drops a hint at its fragility.
While fragilities and imbalances keep mounting in traditional asset markets, the number one precious metal’s portfolio insurance value is priced cheaply. It appears to be a signal that market dynamics will change in the nearer future.
In general, on Wednesday, metals prices were mostly unchanged even as risky assets, versus which metals are used to trading inversely, managed to tack on when American leader Donald Trump as well as European Union chief Jean-Claude Juncker achieved preliminary progress on a number of trade issues.
As for other commodities traded on the Comex exchange, September delivery palladium futures managed to edge up by 0.5% being worth $932.90 an ounce. October delivery platinum futures ascended by approximately 0.4% hitting $842.80 an ounce. As for September delivery copper futures, they added up to 0.1% showing $2.8225 a pound.
For a long time, traders considered American Non-farm Payrolls (NFP) the most important release in the market. However, the situation has changed. Now US CPI moves financial markets.
United States Bureau of Labor Statistics will release monthly average hourly earnings, non-farm employment change (NFP), and unemployment rate on November 5, 14:30 GMT+2.
The US Bureau of Economic Analysis will publish Core Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) on May 27 at 15:30 GMT+3.
The United States will publish the Preliminary GDP on Thursday, May 26, at 15:30 GMT+3.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand will publish a monetary policy report and make an update on the interest rate on May 25, at 05:00 GMT+3.