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Crude Oil Costs Could Flip as Markets Weigh Inflation, Fed Outlook



  • Crude oil worth rally stalls as US jobs knowledge flags ‘stagflation’ worries
  • Financial coverage bets in deal with upcoming Fed-speak, US CPI knowledge
  • WTI advance stalled close to $80/bbl, upward momentum could also be fading

Crude oil costs retreated from a six-week excessive on Friday, monitoring decrease towards a broadly risk-off backdrop after December’s US jobs report crossed the wires. Headline payrolls dissatisfied however wages grew at a sooner tempo than economists anticipated, even because the tempo cooled a bit from the prior month.

That appeared to gasoline acquainted worries about sticky inflation coupled with moderating financial development. In reality, PMI survey knowledge means that US growth has slowed considerably since peaking in Could. Priced-in near- to medium-term inflation expectations have barely budged from 16-year highs.

Apparently, that is at the same time as transport prices have sharply fallen. The benchmark Baltic Dry Index – which soared to the best ranges for the reason that Nice Recession final yr amid provide chain disruptions – turned sharply decrease within the third quarter to complete the yr at pre-pandemic ranges.

Collectively, this appears to suggest that markets see inflation holding up at the same time as the bottom results from the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic fade and world industrial networks are mended. In reality, over the previous three months, consensus 2022 US GDP development forecasts notably fell whereas the worth development outlook firmed.

Worries about “stagflation” – a situation the place weakening development and stubbornly excessive inflation pull Fed coverage into opposing instructions – have understandably impressed bouts of danger aversion. Extra of the identical is a risk for sentiment-sensitive crude oil costs within the week forward.


Feedback from Atlanta Fed President Bostic start a busy week of scheduled chatter from US central financial institution officers. Affirmation hearings for Chair Powell and Vice Chair Brainard on Tuesday and Thursday respectively are highlights, however many extra are on the docket. They could proceed to drive a hawkish narrative.

On the information entrance, Wednesday’s launch of December’s US CPI report is prone to take prime billing. Core worth development is seen accelerating to five.four % on-year, the quickest in 30 years. The headline quantity is seen hitting 7 % on-year for the primary time since 1982.

A little bit of consolidation could also be in retailer within the very close to time period nevertheless. Bellwether S&P 500 inventory index futures have steadied amid a lull in contemporary news-flow after Friday’s blood-letting, suggesting that markets might shift into consolidation mode for now till one other potent catalyst presents itself later within the week.


Costs stalled towards resistance capped at 79.60, with very early indicators of unfavourable RSI divergence cautiously hinting that momentum would possibly ebbing. Preliminary help is anchored at 75.27, with a break beneath that setting the stage for a take a look at of the congestion zone working down into 72.52. Breaking resistance might clear the best way to increase upward towards final yr’s excessive at 85.41.

Crude Oil Prices May Turn as Markets Weigh Inflation, Fed Outlook

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— Written by Ilya Spivak, Head Strategist, APAC for DailyFX

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