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Old 08-02-2022, 21:10
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February 8. Gold is getting cheaper on the expectation of a faster Fed rate hike

On Tuesday, the price of gold was declining as the US dollar rose in anticipation of inflation statistics. Investors predict that the Federal Reserve will signal an aggressive tightening of monetary policy and multiple interest rate hikes this year.

The spot price of precious metals in the morning declined to $1816 per ounce, recovering during the day to $1820.

Inflation data in the United States will be published on Thursday. The consumer price index for January is expected to show an annual growth of 7.3%, which would be the highest jump since 1982. And as experts note, high inflation may force the Fed to tighten policy faster, which will lead to an increase in the opportunity costs of owning non-profitable gold.

Additional support for gold is provided by the ongoing tensions around Russia and Ukraine, as the precious metal is used as a safe haven asset.

As for the other metals, palladium fell today to $2200, silver declined to $22,777, and platinum fell to $1004.25 per troy ounce.
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February 10. Oil reserves in the United States unexpectedly fell, production increased

According to the weekly report of the Energy Information Administration of the US Department of Energy, commercial oil reserves for the week ended February 4 unexpectedly decreased by 4.8 million barrels to 410.4 million barrels. Analysts, on the contrary, expected an increase of 400 thousand barrels.

At the same time, the strategic reserve of oil in the country decreased by 1.4 million barrels to 587.5 million barrels. And oil reserves at the country's largest terminal in Cushing decreased during the reporting period: from 30.5 million barrels to 27.7 million.

In addition, the report indicated a decrease in gasoline inventories by 1.6 million barrels to 248.4 million. Analysts had expected an increase of 1.6 million barrels. Distillate stocks decreased by 0.9 million barrels to 121.8 million barrels. A decrease of 1.7 million barrels was predicted.

Oil production

The Ministry also shared statistics on oil production in the United States. Its indicators increased by 100 thousand barrels per day to the level of the previous week – up to 11.6 million barrels.

On average, over the past four weeks, production in the United States amounted to 11.6 million barrels per day.

It is worth noting that on February 8, the Ministry of Energy raised the forecast of average oil production in the country by the end of this year to 11.97 million, and next year to 12.6 million barrels per day.

February 9. ECB on the verge of tightening monetary policy

German Central Bank Governor Joachim Nagel suggested that the European Central Bank could raise interest rates this year, as inflation is likely to remain high for longer than expected.

Nagel, who headed the Bundesbank in January, also said that if the inflation picture does not change by March, Germany will advocate the normalization of monetary policy. And the first step to this is to stop net bond purchases during 2022.

The head of the European regulator itself, Christine Lagarde, also said last week that inflation in the eurozone will remain at an elevated level for longer than the ECB expected. Moreover, Lagarde said that the regulator can no longer rule out the scenario of a rate hike in 2022. Such a «hawkish» bias, following December comments that the ECB is unlikely to raise rates in the new year, had an immediate impact on European debt yields.

At the same time, Lagarde tried to reassure investors, assuring that any changes in the ECB's policy would be gradual.

Experts believe that the first ECB rate hike is likely to occur in the fourth quarter of the year, and the next round will take place in early 2023. Inflation in the eurozone is expected to be around 4% throughout the year. The current inflation rate is 5.1%.
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February 11. The US stock market fell on inflation data

US stock indexes fell sharply after the publication of statistics on inflation in the United States.

According to the Ministry of Labor, consumer prices (CPI) jumped 7.5% in January compared to the same month in 2021, which was a record inflation rate since 1982. In December last year, the growth rate of consumer prices accelerated by 7%.

After the release of the data, the yields of American government securities jumped sharply. The interest rate of ten-year US Treasuries has risen above the 2% mark for the first time since 2019.

The stock market did not stand aside either: indicators of all 11 S&P 500 industry groups ended trading in the red on Thursday, the subindex of technology companies most sensitive to interest rate hikes fell by 2.1%. The value of Qualcomm Inc. shares decreased by 5.3%, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. – by 5.3%, Adobe Inc. – by 5.1%, Apple Inc. – by 2.3%.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average index fell by 526.47 points (1.47%) to 35241.59 points by the close of the market on Thursday.
The Standard & Poor's 500 declined by 83.1 points (1.81%) to 4504.08 points.
The Nasdaq Composite lost 304.73 points (2.1%) to 14,185.64 points.

Analysts expect that high volatility in the stock market will continue until the March Fed meeting, at which the key rate is likely to be increased.
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February 14. Gold has risen to a maximum of three months due to geopolitics

Gold prices jumped on Monday amid increased demand for protective assets due to high geopolitical tensions on the border of Russia and Ukraine.

In particular, the precious metal quotes reached the level of $1.864.85 per ounce, which became a three-month high.

Over the weekend, it became known that the adviser to the American president on national security, Jake Sullivan, said that Russia has the opportunity to attack Ukraine without waiting for the end of the Olympics in Beijing. After that, a telephone conversation took place between the Presidents of the United States and Russia Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, but he could not ease the tension.

The American president ruled out the possibility of sending American soldiers to Ukraine, but threatened Moscow with large-scale sanctions in the event of an invasion. At the same time, Russia continues to deny its intention to attack Ukraine.

Despite the departure of investors in the assets of the «safe haven», the growth of gold is restrained by the strengthening of the dollar. The dollar is also considered a reliable asset, plus it receives support due to expectations of an imminent increase in the base interest rate of the US Federal Reserve System.
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February 15. Japan's GDP growth was 5.4%, worse than forecast

In the fourth quarter of 2021, Japan's economy grew by 5.4% compared to the same period in 2020. Experts expected the growth to be 5.8%.

The quarterly growth of the Japanese economy in October-December amounted to 1.3% compared to the previous three months – and this was the maximum growth rate for the year. Analysts had forecast the figure at 1.4%.

In the third quarter, according to the revised data, the volume of GDP decreased by 0.7%, and not by 0.9%, as previously reported.

Business investment in the last quarter increased by 0.4%, exports increased by 1%, imports decreased by 0.3%. Government spending decreased for the first time in 3 quarters – by 0.3%.

Experts note that despite the fact that the Japanese economy returned to growth in the last quarter of last year, the increase in the incidence of Covid-19 in the first quarter of this year is likely to limit further recovery.

It is noted that the expansion of the Japanese economy in the fourth quarter is mainly due to an increase in consumer spending by 2.7%. Costs have increased as the lifting of quarantine restrictions in Tokyo and other cities of the country since September 30 has led to a sharp increase in demand for services. It is also worth noting that in the current quarter, new quarantine measures were re-introduced, as another spike in morbidity is observed in the country.
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July 27. The yuan came under pressure amid problems in the Chinese housing market​​​​​​​

On Wednesday, the Chinese yuan showed a decline against the background of weak demand for loans, which led to a reduction in REPO rates.

Today it became known that short-term REPO rates on the continental market fell below 1% for the first time since January 2021 under the pressure of excessive liquidity and restrained demand for loans.

Analysts note that with very low real interest rates in China, it is possible that the Chinese economy falls into a liquidity trap. And to maintain its growth, additional fiscal stimulus and loosening of the regulation of the real estate market may be required. The traditional easing of monetary policy now is not expected to effectively support economic growth.

Before the market opened, the People's Bank of China set the median rate at 6.7731 yuan per US dollar against 6.7483 yuan on Tuesday.

Additional pressure on the Chinese currency is exerted by the expectation of the outcome of the US Federal Reserve meeting and the rate decision. Investors are also waiting for a telephone conversation between Chinese Leader Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden scheduled for Thursday.

It is also worth paying attention to the statistics released today: in June, the profit growth of manufacturing companies in China resumed and amounted to 0.8% compared to June last year. In May, the indicator decreased by 6.5%.
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August 8. The oil market remains under pressure​​​​​​​

Yesterday, oil prices again showed a decline in the area of multi-month lows – to the level of $93.20 per barrel. Today, Brent crude managed to recover to the level of $94.25.

Pressure on the oil market continues to be exerted by investors' fears that rising interest rates and a slowdown in the global economic recovery will have a significant negative impact on demand.

The worries of market participants intensified yesterday after the Bank of England decided to raise the base interest rate to 1.75% from 1.25% per annum, at a record pace since 1995. At the same time, the British regulator noted that it expects a decline in the UK economy in the fourth quarter of 2022, and this decline will last throughout 2023.

However, a number of analysts believe that it is too early to say that the world economy is in recession. Moreover, sharp fluctuations in the oil market due to the current global economic conditions make it difficult to forecast a deficit or surplus of production for 2022.

On August 3, OPEC+ decided to increase oil production in September by 100,000 barrels per day, and this decision is aimed at studying the market reaction and may be revised.
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August 9. Oil prices rise on news of limited supplies to Europe

The oil market continues to show an upswing that began during yesterday's trading session. The quotes were supported by the news that Ukraine suspended the pumping of oil from Russia to Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The price of Brent rose from $93.20 per barrel to $98.30 during the day. The current quote of the asset is $97.66 per barrel. WTI grade oil shows similar dynamics: the asset rose from the level of $87.40 to $92.60. The current quote of North American oil is $91.60 per barrel.

The news about the restriction of Russian oil supplies to Europe against the background of the ongoing energy crisis provides significant support to oil prices. Back on August 4, the Ukrainian national company Ukrtransnafta stopped pumping Russian oil through the southern branch of the Druzhba oil pipeline system, since the Russian side cannot make a payment for transit under EU sanctions.

Additional support for oil prices is provided by the depreciation of the US dollar against world currencies. The dollar index declined by 0.37% to 106.04 points.
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August 10. Crypto market news​​​​​​​

Bitcoin has sharply increased in price by $1.000 and exceeded the level of $24.000 after the release of inflation data in the United States. The current BTC quote is $24.077, over the past day the cryptocurrency has risen in price by 3%. The cost of bitcoin increased after the US Department of Labor reported an increase in consumer prices in the country by 8.5% year-on-year in July.

The Coinbase crypto exchange recorded a loss of $1.1 billion in the second quarter. This became known from the company's financial report. Coinbase has suffered due to a sharp decline in trading volumes caused by the collapse of cryptocurrency quotes in recent months. In particular, the price of bitcoin has dropped by almost 70% from the historical maximum set in November 2021.

The developers of the Phantom cryptocurrency service announced the results of an investigation into the hacking of 9230 Solana wallets and the theft of $4.08 million in cryptocurrency that occurred on August 3. The representatives of the project found out that all the affected addresses were related to the Slope mobile application – they were created, imported or used in it. Further investigation is ongoing.

In China, more than 12 thousand accounts in local social networks were blocked, the owners of which promoted and advertised the cryptocurrency. Also, Chinese web platforms have deleted more than 51 thousand posts with illegal advertising of earnings through investing in bitcoin.

The Robinhood cryptocurrency service, by court decision, will pay compensation totaling $9.9 million to all users affected by platform outages in 2020. Then the blocking of traders' operations led to significant losses, as at the same time the financial markets showed record growth results.
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August 11. US stock exchanges continue to rally​​​​​​​

The main US stock indexes opened trading on Thursday with growth, continuing to follow the dynamics of the previous day. The market was supported by data indicating a slowdown in inflation in the United States.

In particular, the Dow Jones Industrial Index (DJIA) rose by 0.79% to 3,3571.43 points, the NASDAQ index of high-tech companies – by 0.98% to 1,2981.20 points, the S&P 500 broad market index – by 0.88% to 4,247.12 points.

Yesterday, the US Department of Labor reported that annual inflation in the country slowed down more than expected by the end of July – from 9.1% to 8.5%. On a monthly basis, consumer prices did not change, while analysts expected them to grow by 0.2%.

Market participants expect that the slowdown in inflation will force the US Federal Reserve System to begin easing monetary policy. According to the survey, 63.5% of analysts expect the regulator to raise its base rate by 50 basis points, although earlier the markets predicted a third increase in a row by 75 bp.

Investors also paid attention to the data on applications for unemployment benefits. Their number has grown to 262 thousand, while analysts expected an increase to 263 thousand. The indicator of the previous week was revised from 260 thousand to 248 thousand applications.
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August 15. The European market is growing at the beginning of the week​​​​​​​

European stock indexes are growing moderately at the beginning of a new trading week. And investors continue to analyze weak statistics on the Chinese economy.

The German DAX index is trading near the values of the previous session (13.786,72). The CAC 40 in France rose 0.2% to 6,533.12 points, and the British FTSE 100 was trading 0.2% higher than the previous close at 7,539.65.

Economic data from China showed that the pace of economic growth in the country unexpectedly slowed in July, which forced the central bank of China to reduce the key lending rate from 3.70% to 2.75%. Industrial production in July increased by 3.8% compared to a year earlier, but the growth rate was lower than the expected 4.6%. Retail sales increased by 2.7% compared to a year earlier, while failing to meet forecasts of 5.0% growth and 3.1% growth observed in June.

In Europe, the European Central Bank raised interest rates by half a point in July and is expected to do the same in September. The tightening of the ECB's monetary policy comes despite the fact that the risk of recession in the eurozone has reached its highest level since November 2020. And all because of record inflation against the background of a shortage of energy carriers.

Corporate news of European companies

Shares of AstraZeneca PLC rose 2.6% after the drugmaker announced that its anti-cancer drug Enhertu slowed the progression of a form of breast cancer in previously treated patients.

Shares of Henkel AG & Co. Stocks rose 0.4% after the German consumer goods company reported that its sales volume increased in the first half of the year, but profits declined due to rising prices for raw materials and logistics.
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August 16. Gold falls on expectations of the next move by the US Federal Reserve

On Tuesday, the price of gold continues to decline moderately – pressure on prices is exerted by expectations of further tightening of monetary policy by the US Federal Reserve.

During yesterday's trading, the precious metal fell from $1818 to $1789 per ounce. The current gold quote is $1791.

Analysts believe that the further dynamics of gold prices will depend on the policy of the US Federal Reserve. Investors expect further growth of the discount rate, which is negative for the precious metal quotes. Tomorrow, the minutes of the July meeting of the US Federal Reserve will be published, which should clarify the issue of how the monetary policy of the regulator will change. If the central bank's rate is raised by 75 basis points in September, gold may continue to fall.

The «hawkish» policy of the American regulator is holding back gold from rising in price, which explains the inability of the asset to gain a foothold at a price above $1800 per ounce. At the same time, some experts say that the process of reducing the rate will not begin even next year.

Additional pressure on gold quotes yesterday was exerted by data from China. According to recent statistics, the country's economic recovery is on the decline, which may lead to a decrease in physical demand for gold from the world's largest consumer.
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