*USD is muted with narrow ranges over the past few sessions
*US equities reached record highs on the bipartisan infrastructure deal
*Oil climbs to the highest level since October 2018
USD has been quiet overnight trading just below 92 on the DXY. Buyers have been active around the 200-day SMA with two bullish hammer candles printing recently, though the greenback closed lower on the week. Commodity sensitive currencies also gained with this week’s focus on Thursday’s OPEC+ meeting and US data in the form of the ISM and NFP reports.
US equities moved further into record territory on Friday enjoying their strongest weekly performance since February. President Biden’s infrastructure deal outweighed concern over the highest US inflation reading in 29 years. Asian shares have got off to a cautious start with Australia recovering early losses after Sydney got put into another lockdown after Delta infections surged. Futures are marginally higher.
Market Thoughts – Mix of risk events this week
There are a number of different risk events ahead this week, with eurozone inflation catching the eye on Wednesday. Analysts forecast a reading of 1.8% from the 2.0% May print with positive base effects from energy costs behind the recent rise in prices. Recent PMI surveys point to stronger inflationary pressures going forward, though the ECB, like their US peers, say this will be “transient”. If we do see the start of higher wage prices, then this may change central banks views and force them to get more hawkish.
The OPEC+ meeting on Thursday sees growing expectations for the group to increase supply after the near 50% surge higher in crude prices this year. OPEC+ still has nearly 6 billion barrels per day to bring back to the market with at least 500 million barrels per day needed to increase supply in August. Anything less could well see bulls push the market higher in the near term.
Chart of the Day – Strong Oil on demand optimism
OPEC+ are set to agree production levels for August and beyond after we’ve seen strong investor rotation this past month into oil and other energy commodities and away from metals and agriculture.
We can see on the monthly chart a near 10% rise in prices in June. We pushed decisively higher through the 100-month SMA last month and we’ve just broken above the 200-month SMA. Targets to the upside include the May 2018 high at $80.47 where we saw some resistance through the summer of that year. Support lies at this March’s high at $71.36 and the January 2020 high at $71.28.
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