The oil price looks optimistic. What are the reasons?
Middle East tensions underpin gold
On Monday, gold rallied in Asia, with tensions in the Middle East backing risk demand because Baghdad moved troops into the crude-rich Kirkuk region.
The previous week Trump was eager to question whether the US should continue with a landmark deal with Iran or not. It drove economic conflict worries too.
December delivery gold futures edged up 0.03% being worth $1,304.93 a troy ounce in New York.
This week, market participants are going to closely watch American housing data for the purpose of assessing the economic impact of the hurricanes that affected the southern US coast the previous month.
Chinese surge will be monitored for insight into the health of the world’s number two economy.
On Tuesday, British inflation data is going to be in focus amid rumors over a probable rate lift by the BoE already next month.
The previous week, gold rallied on Friday because weaker-than-expected American inflation spurred doubts over the Fed’s plans to lift interest rates once more in 2017.
The European Central Bank will publish the monetary policy statement with the interest rate decision on January 21, at 14:45 MT time.
Joe Biden is going to unveil a Covid-19 relief package of about $2 trillion. After this announcement, the 10-year Treasury yield rose, adding support for the USD.
The US dollar’s weakness offered a boost to emerging-market currencies and oil.