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  • Oil Trading Alert: The Price Is Not Everything

    February 16, 2015, 8:04 AM

    On Friday, crude oil gained 2.59% as weaker greenback and Baker Hughes’ report supported the price. As a result, light crude closed the week above $50 once again, but the commodity still remains under the key resistance zone. Will we finally see a breakout in the coming week?

  • Sweden Imposes Negative Repo Rate

    February 13, 2015, 5:51 AM

    The markets were surprised yesterday by the decision of the Swedish central bank, which cut its repo rate to -0.10 percent and introduced QE. In that way, the Riksbank joined the club of central banks introducing negative interest rates (others are the Danish central bank, SNB and the ECB). What does it mean and what are the implications for the gold market?

  • Forex Trading Alert: USD/CAD – Another Breakdown

    February 12, 2015, 1:40 PM

    Earlier today, the U.S. Commerce Department showed that retail sales dropped by 0.8% in Jan (missing expectations for a decline of 0.5%), while core retail sales (without automobile sales) decreased by 0.9% in December, disappointing forecasts for a 0.4% drop). On top of that, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that the number of initial jobless claims in the week ending February 7 increased by 25,000 missing analysts’ expectations for a 6,000 increase. In response to these disappointing numbers, the U.S. dollar moved lower against its Canadian counterpart, which resulted in a breakdown under the long-term support/resistance line. Will we see a sizable downward move?

  • Greece Bailout Talks End With No Agreement

    February 12, 2015, 6:44 AM

    Greek and Eurozone officials failed to reach an agreement over Greece's debt crisis yesterday in Brussels at an emergency Eurogroup meeting. Although Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the chairman of Eurogroup finance ministers, said that seven hours of talks were “constructive”, the euro zone finance ministers were unable to agree even a joint statement on the next procedural steps. How may the Greek problems affect the gold market?

  • Stock Trading Alert: Positive Expectations Following Ukraine Cease-Fire Deal

    February 12, 2015, 6:38 AM

    S&P 500 index remains relatively close to last year's all-time high. Will uptrend continue?

  • Oil Trading Alert: Bearish Reports and Their Impact on Crude Oil

    February 11, 2015, 1:52 PM

    On Tuesday, crude oil lost 2.80% as a combination of weak Chinese price data, and bearish reports from the International Energy Agency and the U.S. Energy Information Administration weighed on the price. In response to these circumstances, light crude declined, invalidating earlier breakouts and losing for the first time in four sessions. Does it mean that the recent rally is over?

  • Russia Downgraded to Junk Status

    February 11, 2015, 7:27 AM

    In the last Market Overview discussing the Russian economic crisis we wrote: “Credit rating agencies will probably downgrade Russia’s rating to junk status soon.” Indeed, the biggest country in the world has been recently downgraded to junk status, first time in a decade. Will this affect the gold market?

  • Forex Trading Alert: EUR/USD – Support Line Still Holds

    February 10, 2015, 3:53 PM

    Earlier today, the USD Index moved higher once again as concerns over the current situation in Greece continued to weigh on the euro. As a result, EUR/USD approached yesterday’s low, but then rebounded. Where the pair head next?

  • U.S. January Jobs Report

    February 10, 2015, 3:42 PM

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday that the U.S. economy added 257,000 jobs in last month, more than expected. Is the U.S. labor market so strong, as the January jobs report indicates? How will it affect the Fed’s actions and the gold market?

  • Bitcoin Trading Alert: Does Low Volume Suggest Future Action?

    February 10, 2015, 12:50 PM

    We didn’t see much action yesterday but the volume was higher than on the day before, the highest in several days. Today, the trading has been muted. Is this a signal that there's more action around the corner?

  • Will the 1998 Russian Meltdown Repeat Itself?

    February 10, 2015, 5:26 AM

    Will the 1998 Russian meltdown repeat itself? Some analysts point out a few significant differences between 1998 and the current crisis in Russia, like larger foreign exchange reserves and lower public debt, and argue that today’s financial troubles will not be as severe as in the past. Why do they think so and why are they wrong?

  • Oil Trading Alert: Crude Oil Extends Gains - For Now

    February 9, 2015, 2:12 PM

    On Friday, crude oil gained 2.79% as stronger U.S. jobs data and Baker Hughes’ report supported the price. As a result, light crude extended rally and closed the week above $50 for the first time since the beginning of the year. Will we see further improvement?

  • Stock Trading Alert: Stocks Extend Their Medium-Term Fluctuations, No Clear Direction Yet

    February 9, 2015, 7:04 AM

    S&P 500 index got closer to last year's highs, before closing slightly lower on Friday. Will uptrend continue?

  • Bitcoin Trading Alert: Bitcoin Edging Closer to $200

    February 6, 2015, 9:51 AM

    We saw a little bit more depreciation yesterday but the move in and of itself is not a signal that a new decline has started. At least not yet. Was there any change in the short-term outlook?

  • Baltic Dry Index Hits New 29 Year Low

    February 6, 2015, 7:51 AM

    In yesterday's Oil Investment Update we wrote that investors should not expect a reverse of the downward trend in oil prices. One of the reasons for that is the slowing global economic growth. The very recent fall of the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) to the lowest level since 1986 confirms our fears about the health of the world economy. Why is the drop in the index a bad sign for the global economy?

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Mar Market Overview

Gold Market Overview

A lot has been going on in Europe in the first two months of 2015. Swiss National Bank removed the peg of 1.20 francs per euro, European Central Bank announced the QE program, radical left-wing Syriza won the elections in Greece, shortly thereafter Sweden cut its key interest rate, S&P downgraded Russia’s credit rating to junk status, and the conflict in Ukraine continued.
These are the key events that are likely to drive the price of gold in the following months - be sure to be aware of their impact.

Read more in the latest Market Overview report.

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