Technical Analysis – Brent futures covers gap down; still bearish in short term

Posted on March 11, 2020 at 1:43 pm GMT

Brent futures sank towards a fresh low of 31.23 on Monday, creating a gap down, however, they covered some of the losses in the previous four-hour sessions. Looking at the technical indicators, the RSI turned lower but is still the near 50 level, while the stochastic oscillator is losing momentum after the bearish cross within its %K and %D lines in the positive area. On the other side, the MACD oscillator is remaining above its trigger line, but the upside movement is [..]


Daily Market Comment – Stocks bounce back but virus risks cap dollar gains

Posted on March 5, 2020 at 9:36 am GMT

US data, virus bill, Biden boost lift stocks but sentiment shaky as virus continues to spread Dollar rebound short-lived as more rate cuts expected BoC follows Fed and RBA in cutting rates; are ECB and BoE next? Oil steady as OPEC begins meeting to discuss output cuts Virus stimulus and US politics boost equities Stocks in the US surged overnight as government and central bank action in response to the coronavirus outbreak, as well as a change in fortunes in [..]


Daily Market Comment – Stocks rebound as new virus cases slow; dollar stands tall

Posted on February 19, 2020 at 9:23 am GMT

Equity markets bounce back from Tuesday’s slide amid slowdown in new coronavirus cases Stimulus hopes also help sentiment but gold still tops $1600 on heightened risks Unstoppable dollar scales fresh highs even as US yield curve inverts Stocks turn green again as investors focus on positives Risk appetite recovered somewhat on Wednesday following the knock from Apple’s profit warning yesterday, which elevated concerns about the impact from the coronavirus outbreak. The number of new confirmed cases of coronavirus in China [..]


Daily Market Comment – Apple profit warning rattles markets; gold edges up

Posted on February 18, 2020 at 9:34 am GMT

Apple Inc says it will miss revenue guidance due to China plant shutdown Stocks slide as Apple warning dashes hopes of quick rebound from virus fallout Gold hits 2-week high, oil declines on growing virus impact Pound under pressure as Britain talks tough on future trade deal with EU Markets get dealt reality check by Apple profit warning US tech giant, Apple Inc, issued a rare profit warning on Monday, saying it will miss its first quarter revenue guidance as [..]


Daily Market Comment – Risk aversion creeps in as virus death toll jumps

Posted on February 7, 2020 at 9:27 am GMT

Equities rally fades as spread of coronavirus shows no sign of slowing Yen edges up but dollar also holds firm ahead of US jobs report Pound set for large weekly losses amid Brexit brinkmanship Virus fears intensify; risk rally loses steam The relief rally sparked by China’s efforts to contain the coronavirus and support its economy appeared to run out of steam by the end of the week as most major stock indices in Asia turned red on Friday. Futures [..]


Technical Analysis – Brent futures rebound on supportive uptrend line; bullish view remains

Posted on January 17, 2020 at 11:17 am GMT

Brent futures bounced off the short-term ascending trend line on Wednesday, failing to extend the downward move. Currently, the commodity is trying to overcome the 40-day simple moving average (SMA) and the 64.85 resistance level. The RSI turned higher but is still the near 50 level, while the stochastic oscillator is gaining momentum after the bullish cross within its %K and %D lines in the daily timeframe. The bulls would probably challenge the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level of the upleg from 56.10 to 71.30 near 65.48. [..]


Technical Analysis – Brent futures reverse quickly lower after touching 8-month peak

Posted on January 9, 2020 at 1:37 pm GMT

Brent futures extended their Wednesday losses and are currently trading far below the eight-month high of 71.30, slipping beneath the 20-day simple moving averages (SMAs) and the blue Kijun-sen line.  However, in the medium-term the price has a bullish view confirmed by higher highs and higher lows. The RSI turned lower after entering the bearish area. At the moment, it continues to head lower in support of a negative short-term picture. The bias in the very-short-term also looks bearish as [..]


Daily Market Comment – Oil jumps, Mideast tensions rise after US air strikes kill Iranian commanders

Posted on January 3, 2020 at 9:15 am GMT

Tensions flare up in the Middle East after US air strikes kill Iran’s top military leader Oil prices shoot higher, stocks turn negative after the attacks Gold hits 4-month high, yen and Swiss franc soar US air strikes kill risk-on mood Heightened geopolitical tensions threatened to destroy the risk-on sentiment that’s been driving the markets since December after the United States launched air strikes in Iraq, killing top Iranian military officials. The US Defense Department said President Trump had ordered [..]


OPEC+ meeting: Are deeper production cuts on the cards? – Special Report

Posted on December 3, 2019 at 4:40 pm GMT

OPEC, Russia and other major oil producers will meet in Vienna on December 5-6 to decide what production quotas to set as the current arrangement to cap output is set to expire in March 2020. The club’s largest producer, Saudi Arabia, is pushing for deeper cuts. However, its key strategic partner – Russia – is unlikely to agree to anything more than an extension of existing limits. But as oil prices aim to finish the year more than 20% higher, [..]


Oil price retreat a relief for global economy; are more shocks on the way? – Commodity News

Posted on September 19, 2019 at 3:07 pm GMT

The world experienced its biggest oil price shock since the 1991 Gulf War this week after Saudi Arabian oil facilities came under fire from suspected Iranian drone and missile strikes on Saturday. The attack shut down about 50% of Saudi Arabia’s daily oil production, amounting to 5% of global supply, sending prices soaring by more than 20% in the immediate aftermath. But as the United States appears to be reluctant to engage in a military conflict with Iran and calm [..]

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