Earlier this year, such mini-corrections were followed by a renewal of historic highs – a possibility this time as investors and traders have seen enough demand for stocks during the downturn. Markets avoided the worst-case scenario of a spiralling selloff.
Oil added 5% on Wednesday, now trading near $71.40 for Brent. The pullback has stopped near the 76.9% Fibonacci retracement, which is a very bullish case. Oil is helped by a further decline in commercial stockpiles, indicating an operational deficit in oil despite fears of a fall in demand due to a new wave of covid contagion.
The Brent price is testing the 50-day moving average on the daily charts. Only a bold rise above $72 will be a signal for a new bullish assault.
In the meantime, gold remains one of the laggards, having moved back below $1800. Last week, it failed to break above the 50 and 200-day average cluster area, putting selling back on the agenda. Locally, the price of gold went down along with rising long-term government bond yields. The inverse correlation of these assets is also strong on long periods, causing pressure on the gold price during rising rates times.
The issue of rates will be considered by the ECB today. It will be the first meeting since the European Central Bank formally raised its inflation target and noted a tolerance for exceeding it to revive the economy.
Some economists do not rule out that the said strategy revision would entail additional policy easing. It is unlikely that we will see such steps from the ECB right now. Still, in the longer term, we could see an extension of QE, which could pressure medium-term interest rates, potentially supporting gold and interest in equities while hurting the euro.