I don’t attach much significance to the Gold-Oil ratio on its own but it’s back in overbought territory, above 25.
The chart below — plotting inflation-adjusted prices (over CPI) — far better depicts the relationship between gold and crude oil. Each major spike in crude prices over the last 50 years has been followed by a rising gold price.
Falling crude prices are likely to weaken demand for gold over the next few years, both through lower inflation and declining foreign reserves of major oil producing nations.
The Dollar Index continues to test support at 96.50. The primary trend is down and breach of support is likely, signaling a decline to test the 2016 low at 92/93.
Spot Gold found support at $1250. A weaker Dollar and rising political uncertainty both favor an up-trend but rising interest rates are expected to weaken demand. Respect of support at $1250 would confirm the up-trend, while breach of $1200 would warn of another decline.
The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries extended oil production cuts through March 2018, Khalid A. al-Falih, the Saudi energy minister, said in Vienna overnight. The move follows a decision this month by Saudi Arabia and Russia to do so.
The earlier announcement helped lift prices from a low of $US46. But on Thursday, prices shed more than 4 per cent with more than a billion barrels traded….
“Opec is being caught in a pincer movement of technology and policy that will, over time, erode oil use,” said Bill Farren-Price, chief executive of Petroleum Policy Intelligence, an advisory firm for hedge funds and other investors. “This meeting is more about forestalling an oil price collapse than driving prices higher.”
Nymex Light Crude broke support at $47/barrel, signaling a down-trend. Follow-through below $45 would confirm.
Lars Christensen shows that projected oil demand is closely linked to monetary conditions, with a down-turn in oil prices whenever the Fed announces further rate hikes. At present both the PBOC and the Fed are adopting a restrictive stance which should be bearish for crude oil.
Lars Christensen is one of the founding members of the Market Monetarism school of economic thought, having coined the term himself. Market Monetarists advocate that central banks target nominal GDP, instead of inflation, in order to achieve more responsive monetary policy and more stable economic growth.
December Light Crude retreated below support at $50/barrel, suggesting another test of primary support at $42/barrel.
Respect of primary support would suggest further ranging between $42 and $52/barrel. Breach of support, which seemed so unlikely only two weeks ago, is now a possibility and would warn of another test of the January trough at $35/barrel.
December Light Crude is retracing to test new support at $50/barrel after the recent breakout.
If we look at the longer term weekly chart we can see how important this level is. Respect of $50 would confirm the primary up-trend. There is still doubt that support will hold — and that OPEC will be able to craft an agreement that will satisfy members while restricting supply. Failure would suggest that crude will revert to ranging between $40 and $50.
OPEC announced an agreement to cut production — to between 32.5 million and 33 million barrels per day from current levels of 33.2 million barrels — without agreement as to which members will bear the brunt of the production cuts. FGE Chairman Fereidun Fesharaki calls this “a fake deal” and explains that OPEC could not afford to come away from Algiers empty-handed.
Nymex Light Crude rallied to $48/barrel and looks set to test resistance at $50. Breakout above $50 would signal a primary up-trend but respect is more likely, once the market gets past the headlines, and would suggest further consolidation between $40 and $50.
Light Crude (September contract) is testing medium-term support at $40/barrel. Breach of support would signal a test of primary support at $33 to $34. Respect of support, on the other hand, would indicate another test of resistance at $50. And breakout above $50 would signal a primary up-trend.
Long-term interest rates continue their decline, with 10-year Treasury yields testing support at 1.65 to 1.70 percent. Breach would signal a test of the all-time (July 2012) low of 1.40 percent.
Gold rallied in response, breaking initial resistance at $1250/ounce to signal a test of $1300.
The Chinese appear to have resumed selling foreign reserves to support the Yuan, with USDCNY running into resistance at 6.60. PBOC sale of reserves would weaken the Dollar, boosting demand for Gold. Failure to support the Yuan is unlikely, but would increase safe haven demand for Gold from Chinese investors.
The Dollar Index, representing predominantly the Euro and Yen crosses, fell sharply. Breach of support at 93 would confirm the primary down-trend earlier signaled by 13-week Momentum below zero.
The Australian All Ordinaries Gold Index broke through 4500 to signal another advance, with the weakening Australian Dollar adding further impetus. Gaps between trough lows (orange line) and preceding highs (brown line) indicate strong buying pressure.
Disclosure: Our Australian managed portfolios are invested in gold stocks.
Both WTI crude and Brent crude were around $US48 per barrel on Monday, well above their lows below $US30 per barrel earlier this year. But all of that may come crashing down if one “black swan event” transpires, argued a Bank of America Merrill Lynch global commodities research team.
From their recent note to clients (emphasis ours): “Global GDP in US dollar terms at market exchange rates is stagnant. Continued US dollar strength could force Saudi Arabia either to cut oil production modestly and push Brent back to $50 or de-peg the Saudi riyal, our black swan event, which could lead Brent to collapse to $25/bbl.”
While this certainly sounds ominous for the oil market, it’s worth noting that analysts and financiers are split on whether the Saudis will actually de-peg their currency and undo the current fixed exchange rate with the US dollar….