Crude Oil Prices Torn Between Supply Trends, US Dollar Influence

Crude Oil Prices Torn Between Supply Trends, US Dollar Influence

February 17
15:22 2017

Talking Points:

  • Crude oil prices torn as US Dollar falls, swing supply expands further
  • Gold prices find support as geopolitics overshadows Fed rate hike bets
  • Day two of G20 foreign ministers’ meeting, rig count data eyed ahead

Crude oil prices continued to oscillate in a choppy range as traders weighed the conflicting influence of a weaker US Dollar – a source of support because the WTI benchmark is priced in terms of the greenback – and growing swing supply. US crude inventories and exports jumped to record highs last week, with the latter swelling by the most in almost three years.

Gold prices rose as the US Dollar and Treasury bond yields sank in tandem, boosting the appeal of non-interest-bearing and anti-fiat assets. The move seems to mark the triumph of geopolitical jitters over Fed rate hike speculation. The stock of news-flow shaping FOMC policy bets was sapped as Chair Yellen finished a second day of Congressional testimony, letting a G20 foreign ministers’ meeting capture the spotlight.

Looking ahead, a quiet economic data docket seems likely to keep politics at the forefront as the G20 meeting in Bonn continues. That may keep gold prices supported, though the absence of bombshell headlines by midday on Wall Street may see corrective flows take over and erase some of the moves seen since early Thursday. The Baker Hughes rigs count report is on tap on the oil side of the equation.

Are gold and crude oil prices matching DailyFX analysts’ first-quarter bets? Find out here!

GOLD TECHNICAL ANALYSISGold prices edged up to take aim at February’s swing high but a still-valid Bearish Engulfing candlestick pattern hints a top may yet be in the works. A daily close above the 23.6% Fibonacci expansion at 1245.29 exposes the 38.2% level at 1263.05. Alternatively, move back below the 14.6% Fib at 1234.34 targets the 23.6% Fib retracement at 1215.75.

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CRUDE OIL TECHNICAL ANALYSISCrude oil price standstill continues. A daily close above range resistance at 53.86 paves the way for a test of the 55.21-65 area (January 3 high, 38.2% Fibonacci expansion). Alternatively, a turn below rising trend line support, now at 51.92, sees the next downside barrier at 50.25, the 38.2% Fib retracement.

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