Morning Futures Roundup
Keep Calm and Carry On!
This famous phrase from World War II should be reused for investors and traders last week, as a steep sell-off in equities caused a stampede away from the commodity markets. Fears of a global economic slowdown have caused steep losses for commodities in general, but especially for Crude Oil and the industrial metals such as Copper, Platinum and Palladium. Not even a better than expected Non-farm payrolls number could calm the volatility. The VIX futures for August traded as highs as 31.95 on Friday, as a rumor that S& P was going to issue a downgrade of the US Credit rating sent the markets reeling. However, once the rumors were proven unfounded, markets stabilized, although at lower levels on the day.
By late morning, the markets received a bit of good news in a report that the European Central Bank would purchase Italian bonds in addition to the Portuguese and Irish bonds it had purchased during the previous few days. This triggered a major rally in equity futures and helped move commodity prices off the session lows. It is doubtful that the rampant volatility will completely die down to start the week, but we should begin to see cooler heads start to prevail, especially if we begin to see some better economic data start to emerge. This could set the stage for a rally in the most beaten down commodity sectors if all the recent gloom and doom does not come to fruition.
Looking at the daily chart for September Crude Oil, we notice how fast prices plunged once previous support at 90.00 had given way last week. Friday saw prices spike as low as 82.87, until a mid-day rally brought prices to close higher on the very volatile trading session. Prices ended below both the 20 and 200-day moving averages, likely giving bears the advantage. However, the 14-day RSI has moved into oversold territory, with a current reading of 27.69, and we may see a short-covering rally ensue this week -- especially if market volatility begins to wane. Friday's low of 82.87 is now seen as strong support for September Crude, with resistance seen at the June 27th low of 90.17.
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