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 sinks in Asia as stronger greenback weighs
On Monday, gold sank in Asia because the evergreen buck gained and the common currency dipped market participants digested the implications of the shocking referendum on Catalonia independence in Spain on the euro zone as well as a sentiment poll out of Japan in a thin trading day with China's financial markets unavailable for the week.
The number one precious commodity is traditionally priced in US dollars, thus making it less affordable in other currencies when the US currency gains.
Meanwhile, the Bank of Japan issued its Tankan survey for the third quarter with market participants closely watching the large manufacturers index as it added to 22 versus an expected outcome of 18.
This week, Fed Chair Janet Yellen’ comments are going to bring further clues on the timing of the next rate lift along with Friday’s American jobs report.
On Wednesday, traders are going to look ahead to remarks by ECB Governor Mario Draghi.
US Energy Information Administration will reveal Crude oil inventories on February 9, 17:30 GMT+2.
On Wednesday, February 2, during the day, members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) will discuss a range of issues regarding energy markets and, most importantly, agree on how much oil they will produce.
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.