- Gold prices touch seven-month low but intraday momentum fizzles
- Crude oil extends advance on inventory data, swell in risk appetite
- US durables figures, Fed commentary may weigh on commodities
Gold prices continued to make progress downward after breaking three-month support , modestly bolstering the likelihood for bearish follow-through. The yellow metal pared intraday losses after dropping to a seven-week low however as disappointing US Markit PMI figures crossed the wires and poured cold water on Fed rate hike bets. Indeed, prices rebounded as front-end bond yields traded lower.
Meanwhile, crude oil pushed upward for a second consecutive day after the weekly EIA inventories report showed stockpiles fell by -4.23 million barrels, topping consensus forecasts calling for a -1.66 million barrel draw-down and making good on foreshadowing in the analogous API data set . Swelling risk appetite may have also helped the sentiment-linked WTI contract.
Looking ahead, US economic data and Fed-speak are once again in focus. The Durable Goods Orders report is expected to show an increase of 0.5 percent in April compared with a 1.3 percent gain in the prior month. US economic news-flow has increasingly improved relative to consensus forecasts over the past two weeks, opening the door for an upside surprise.
Comments from Fed Governor Jerome Powell take top billing on the speaking schedule. Members of the Governing Board outside of Chair Yellen and Vice Chair Fischer have seemed visibly more dovish than Presidents of regional Fed branches in recent months. If Mr. Powell's remarks mirror the recent hawkish shift the central bank's communication, traders may read this as a sign of firming agreement on near-term rate hike resumption.
Taken together, upbeat data and saber-rattling from the Fed are likely to make for another inward shift on the markets' expected timeline for stimulus withdrawal. That such an outcome would be negative for gold prices seems relatively straight-forward. The implications for crude oil seem more clouded considering sentiment's inconsistent relationship with policy bets, though a US Dollar rally on the back of an improved rates outlook may deliver de-facto selling pressure.
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GOLD TECHNICAL ANALYSIS - Gold prices continue to face selling pressure, falling for a sixth consecutive session. Breaking below the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement at 1205.30 on a daily closing basis targets the 50% level at 1174.93. Alternatively, a move back above channel floor support-turned-resistance at 1229.91 sees the next upside barrier at 1242.88, the 23.6% retracement.
CRUDE OIL TECHNICAL ANALYSIS - Crude oil prices continue to push upward, hitting the highest level since mid-October 2015. A daily close above the 61.8% Fibonacci expansion at 50.13 exposes the 76.4% level at 51.82. Alternatively, a move back below the 50% Fib at 48.77 targets the 38.2% expansion at 47.41.
--- Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist for DailyFX.com
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