The gold bulls were strong out of the gate to start 2020 but have quickly faded. Last week’s spike high of $1,613.30 is strong overhead resistance for the bulls to overcome in the near term. Look for sideways and choppy action in the near term, until bulls can store up enough energy to push prices above last week’s high. Bulls do still have the overall near-term technical advantage amid a price uptrend that remains in place on the daily bar chart. Stay tuned!–Jim
Daily Morning Report
Monday, January 13–Jim Wyckoff’s Morning Markets Report
Asian and European stock markets were mixed to firmer overnight. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward modestly higher openings when the New York day session begins. Trader and investor risk appetite is more robust to start the trading week, as the U.S. stock indexes hover close to last week’s record highs.
The U.S.-Iran conflicted has, at least for the time being, died down and the U.S. and China are this week set to sign a partial trade deal, which is likely to stimulate global economic growth in 2020.
The marketplace is keeping an eye on major protesting in Iran following the admission from the Iranian government that its military mistakenly shot down a passenger airliner last week.
The key outside markets today see crude oil prices near steady and trading around $59.00 a barrel. The U.S. dollar index is modestly up early today.
U.S. economic data due for release Monday is light and includes the employment trends index and the monthly Treasury budget statement.
Friday, January 10–Jim Wyckoff’s Morning Markets Report
Asian stock markets were mixed to firmer overnight and European shares were mostly up. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward firmer openings and at more record highs when the New York day session begins. After hitting a nasty speed bump a few days ago, the stock market bulls are right back in business and trader/investor risk appetite is robust.
The U.S. and Iran have backed away from further military confrontation—at least for now. And the world’s two largest economies are set to sign a partial trade agreement next week, with Chinese trade officials traveling to Washington, D.C. to do the signing. Most reckon the deal will pave the way for better global economic growth in 2020.
Traders and investors are back to examining economic data and other market fundamentals, including awaiting Friday morning’s December U.S. employment situation report from the Labor Department. Wednesday’s stronger-than-expected ADP national employment report has some leaning toward a stronger non-farm jobs number in Friday’s report, which has been forecast to come in at up 160,000.
The key outside markets today see crude oil prices slightly lower and trading around $59.50 a barrel. The U.S. dollar index is modestly up early today.
Other U.S. economic data due for release includes the monthly wholesale trade report.
February Nymex crude oil prices spiked to a nine-month high of $65.65 on Wednesday and then came crashing back down to score a big and bearish “outside day” down on the daily chart that suggests a near-term market top is in place. Now, the bulls need to defend the uptrend line on the daily chart Stay tuned!–Jim
Thursday, January 9–Jim Wyckoff’s Morning Markets Report
Risk appetite has quickly returned to the global marketplace Thursday, on ideas the U.S. and Iran have stepped back from the brink of an escalating military conflict that had been brewing for months. Statements coming from the U.S. and Iran strongly suggested such the past 24 hours, including President Trump saying Iran is “standing down.” Most don’t at all expect the U.S. and Iran to become friendly, but more likely is Iran’s clandestine operations against the U.S. that have been carried on by Iran and its proxies for years. Meantime, the U.S. will continue to put the screws to Iran by harsh economic sanctions and working to prevent the nation from developing a nuclear weapon.
Global stock markets have rallied Thursday. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward firmer openings and at record highs when the New York day session begins. Gold prices have backed down from the spike seven-year highs seen early Wednesday, while Nymex crude oil prices have also come down from a spike high and are trading around $59.75 a barrel.
Traders and investors are getting back to examining economic data and other market fundamentals, including awaiting Friday morning’s December U.S. employment situation report from the Labor Department. Wednesday’s stronger-than-expected ADP national employment report has some leaning toward a stronger non-farm jobs number in Friday’s report, which has been forecast to come in at up 160,000.
Global stock markets were also buoyed Thursday on reports China has confirmed it will sign a “Phase 1” trade deal with the U.S. next week. China’s senior trade official will travel to Washington, D.C. for the signing. A partial trade deal between the world’s two largest economies should work to boost global economic growth in 2020.
In overnight news, the Euro zone jobless rate was reported at 7.5% in November, unchanged from October and in line with market expectations.
Inflation in China picked up and hit an eight-year high, at up 2.9% in 2019. The main culprit was rising pork prices due to major disease decimating China’s hog herd.
The World Gold Council has reported world central banks bought a net 41.8 metric tons of gold in October. That was 16% lower than in September and 29% below August. However, analysts believe the gold purchase pace from the central banks will pick up in 2020.
U.S. economic data due for release Thursday includes the weekly jobless claims report and the monthly chain store sales index. Several Federal Reserve officials are also slated to give speeches Thursday.
Wednesday, January 8–Jim Wyckoff’s Morning Markets Report
Global markets that were open Tuesday evening U.S. time were rocked when Iran launched at least a dozen missiles at military bases in Iraq where U.S. troops were stationed. Iran immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, which it called “hard revenge” for the U.S. killing of its leading military general last week. Reports say there are no U.S. casualties. President Trump tweeted “all is well” and said he would have more to say today. At first blush, it appears the Iranian leadership launched the missiles to appease Iranian citizens who were calling for revenge. However, it also appears Iran did not want to kill Americans which would then likely see a massive U.S. retaliation. Reports also said Iranian officials notified the U.S. the missile strikes were coming. Military analysts believe Iran’s missiles are accurate enough to have inflicted more loss of human life, if that’s what Iran’s leaders wanted. But that’s still just speculation. Iran’s leadership did say the missile attacks were “proportionate” and said they did not want an escalation of the conflict. The wildcard is, how will Trump respond? The marketplace Wednesday morning is acting like this situation will de-escalate from here, at least for the near term.
Gold prices spiked to a nearly seven-year high of $1,613.30 on initial news of the Iranian missile attack. Crude oil spiked to a nine-month high of $65.65, basis Nymex crude oil futures. U.S. Treasury prices rallied on the initial news, while U.S. stock indexes sold off sharply. However, once it appeared there were no U.S. casualties in the Iranian attack, global markets began to settle down. Gold prices are now just moderately up and oil is slightly higher. Asian and European stock markets were weaker overnight.
Right now, U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward narrowly mixed openings when the New York day session begins. Nymex crude oil prices are trading around $63.00 a barrel and the U.S. dollar index is modestly up.
The other news overnight is the crash of a Ukrainian Boeing 737 jet airliner in Iran that killed over 170 people. Right now, Iranian authorities are saying the cause of the crash is mechanical issues. This plane was not the 737 Max that has been grounded for almost a year.
U.S. economic data due for release Wednesday includes the weekly MBA mortgage applications survey, the ADP national employment report, and the weekly DOE liquid energy stocks report.