Breaking News
Investing Pro 0
NEW! Get Actionable Insights with InvestingPro+ Try 7 Days Free

Commodities Week Ahead: Oil, Gold Struggle To Make New Mark Amid Inflation Watch

ca.investing.com/analysis/commodities-week-ahead-oil-gold-struggle-to-make-new-mark-amid-inflation-watch-200520487
Commodities Week Ahead: Oil, Gold Struggle To Make New Mark Amid Inflation Watch
By Barani Krishnan/Investing.com   |  Aug 08, 2022 05:27
Saved. See Saved Items.
This article has already been saved in your Saved Items
 
 
XAU/USD
+0.54%
Add to/Remove from a Portfolio
Add to Watchlist
Add Position

Position added successfully to:

Please name your holdings portfolio
 
Gold
+0.28%
Add to/Remove from a Portfolio
Add to Watchlist
Add Position

Position added successfully to:

Please name your holdings portfolio
 
LCO
+0.63%
Add to/Remove from a Portfolio
Add to Watchlist
Add Position

Position added successfully to:

Please name your holdings portfolio
 
CL
+0.63%
Add to/Remove from a Portfolio
Add to Watchlist
Add Position

Position added successfully to:

Please name your holdings portfolio
 
  • July CPI reading on Wednesday eagerly awaited across markets
  • Headline inflation expected to cool, though it could surprise to the upside
  • Oil, gold prices remain in a tight range ahead of the CPI numbers

What’s arguably the single most watched U.S. data is due for release this week and key commodities are trapped in tight trading ranges, with oil likely to be lower-bound while gold attempts to advance for a fourth straight week, in anticipation of what the Consumer Price Index (CPI) could show.

Gold Daily
Gold Daily

Economists tracked by Investing.com are projecting a growth of 8.7% in the CPI for the year to July, versus the rise of 9.1% during the 12 months to June. If true, it will be a sign that the Federal Reserve’s efforts in fighting inflation are starting to work.

Yet, a reduction of less than half a percent in year-on-year (yoy) inflation barely makes a difference to what the Fed is fighting. The central bank, as we all know, wants to bring inflation back to its long-cherished target 2% a year; or 4.5 times less than what the CPI was for July.

Pump prices of U.S. gasoline—one of the biggest components of CPI—has fallen from June record highs of $5 a gallon to under $4 now. That could certainly take some heat off the headline CPI number when the July update is released on Wednesday. Despite that, core CPI, stripped off volatile gasoline and food prices, is expected to increase by 0.5% month-over-month and 6.1% yoy.

What could be worse is that the headline CPI number turns out to be higher than June’s 9.1%. There is little likelihood it could be. But if it does, then where does that leave the Fed’s policy-making Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)?

That’s the question that’s bugging traders of oil, gold and other dollar-denominated commodities.

Says Stephen Innes, managing director of the commodity-focused SPI Asset Management:

“Lately, the data the FOMC uses as critical inputs for its decision-making process has shown signs of an overheated labor market and intense wage pressures. Hence this week's inflation report seems very unlikely to offer 'compelling evidence' of a slowdown needed for the Fed to pull away from its aggressive inflation-fighting mode.”

Signs that inflation is still not peaking could dent expectations that the central bank will be able to stop hiking rates early next year, sending not just commodities but also stocks lower.

Adds Michael Antonelli, managing director and market strategist at Baird, in comments carried by Reuters:

"We’re at the point where consumer price data has reached a Super Bowl level of importance. It gives us some indication of what we and the Fed are facing."

The Fed has already hiked interest rates four times since March, bringing key lending rates from nearly zero to as high as 2.5%. It has another three revisions left before the year is over, with the first of that due on Sept. 21.

But Friday’s release of the July non-farm payrolls report changed all that as it confirmed an addition of 528,000 jobs versus economists’ expectations for an increase of just 250,000.

Until the release of the jobs data, the consensus among money market traders was for a 50 basis point hike next month. As of Friday though, there was a 62% chance that the September rate hike will be 75 basis points—the same as in June and July, which incidentally was the highest in 28 years when it was introduced two months back.

The real problem with the strong job numbers is the attendant pressure it brings on wages. U.S. hourly wages has risen month after month since April 2021, expanding by a cumulative 6.7% over the past 16 months, or an average of 0.4% a month.

Aside from the CPI, the producer price index (PPI) figures for July will be released on Thursday, along with the weekly report on initial jobless claims, while the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index will be published on Friday.

In Monday’s Asian trading of oil, Brent, the London-traded global benchmark for crude, was up 79 cents, or 0.8%, at $95.71 per barrel by 3:00 PM in Singapore (3:00 AM in New York). It lost about 14% in the last week of July for its worst weekly loss since the COVID-19 outbreak of April 2020 that virtually destroyed energy demand.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil, which serves as the benchmark for U.S. crude, was up 74 cents, or 0.8%, to $89.75. WTI struck a six-month low of $87.01 per barrel on Friday. It lost about 10% in the last week of July.

Oil Daily
Oil Daily

Sunil Kumar Dixit, chief technical strategist at SKCharting.com, said a trade above $96.60 could change WTI’s short term momentum and set it up for a rally towards $99 and $101.

Otherwise, WTI could continue traveling south, toward the support cluster of $88-$85-$82, he said.

In the case of gold on New York’s COMEX, the benchmark December futures contract was up $3.55, or 0.2%, to $1,794.75 per ounce in Monday’s Asian trading. December gold tumbled to $1,780.20 an ounce on Friday but finished in the positive for a third week in a row.

SKCharting’s Dixit said for gold to continue its positive trajectory for a fourth running week, prices need to hold above $1,762 and the swing low of $1,754.

Disclaimer: Barani Krishnan uses a range of views outside his own to bring diversity to his analysis of anxy market. For neutrality, he sometimes presents contrarian views and market variables. He does not hold positions in the commodities and securities he writes about.

Commodities Week Ahead: Oil, Gold Struggle To Make New Mark Amid Inflation Watch
 

Related Articles

Commodities Week Ahead: Oil, Gold Struggle To Make New Mark Amid Inflation Watch

Add a Comment

Comment Guidelines

We encourage you to use comments to engage with users, share your perspective and ask questions of authors and each other. However, in order to maintain the high level of discourse we’ve all come to value and expect, please keep the following criteria in mind: 

  • Enrich the conversation
  • Stay focused and on track. Only post material that’s relevant to the topic being discussed.
  • Be respectful. Even negative opinions can be framed positively and diplomatically.
  •  Use standard writing style. Include punctuation and upper and lower cases.
  • NOTE: Spam and/or promotional messages and links within a comment will be removed
  • Avoid profanity, slander or personal attacks directed at an author or another user.
  • Don’t Monopolize the Conversation. We appreciate passion and conviction, but we also believe strongly in giving everyone a chance to air their thoughts. Therefore, in addition to civil interaction, we expect commenters to offer their opinions succinctly and thoughtfully, but not so repeatedly that others are annoyed or offended. If we receive complaints about individuals who take over a thread or forum, we reserve the right to ban them from the site, without recourse.
  • Only English comments will be allowed.

Perpetrators of spam or abuse will be deleted from the site and prohibited from future registration at Investing.com’s discretion.

Write your thoughts here
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
Post also to:
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Thanks for your comment. Please note that all comments are pending until approved by our moderators. It may therefore take some time before it appears on our website.
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Add Chart to Comment
Confirm Block

Are you sure you want to block %USER_NAME%?

By doing so, you and %USER_NAME% will not be able to see any of each other's Investing.com's posts.

%USER_NAME% was successfully added to your Block List

Since you’ve just unblocked this person, you must wait 48 hours before renewing the block.

Report this comment

I feel that this comment is:

Comment flagged

Thank You!

Your report has been sent to our moderators for review
Continue with Google
or
Sign up with Email