Russia President Putin delivered a massive reversal for natural gas prices. It looks like Russia is coming to the rescue for European natural gas prices. Putin noted that Russia is a reliable gas supplier to Europe and Asia and that they will boost its gas supplies to Europe. Putin claimed that we are ready to stabilize the energy market.
Natural gas contracts were skyrocketing in Europe, above the $400 level and then came crashing down after Putin said Russia would stabilize energy markets. Putin’s comments didn’t contain actual figures, so Europe’s energy crisis should not be deemed over. Russia was already poised to deliver record levels to Europe, so it is unclear how much supply they will deliver.
Crude prices are falling for a trifecta of reasons: Russian President Putin alleviated Europe’s energy supply concerns, US stockpiles rose more-than-expected, and after Saudi Arabia cut oil prices as slowdown fears accelerate as inflation worries grow.
The EIA crude oil inventory report shows the Hurricane Ida impact is mostly gone. Crude production rose 1.8% to 11.3 million barrels per day, approaching pre-peak hurricane season levels. Gasoline demand dropped for a fourth straight week, which was somewhat expected given the end of summer travel and as many individuals continue to work-from-home. Diesel demand is strong and that should prevent anyone from calling this a very bearish report.
Every dip will be a buying opportunity for energy traders as the US will not be increasing production significantly and economic activity is expected to pick up next year. The energy crisis from Europe to China is far from over despite Putin’s comments. WTI crude may tentatively respect the $80 level, but that probably won’t last much longer.
WTI crude fell to session lows after Energy secretary Granholm said, ‘all tools are on the table’, which means the US is not far from considering tapping their emergency reserves.
Gold prices can’t shake the bullish short-term outlook for the dollar. Normally gold would be trading higher during a session where Wall Street is fixated with inflation while stocks and yields are down. Gold prices won’t be able to muster up a rally if US real rates continue to rise. Complicating gold’s outlook is how it hasn’t behaved as a hedge against inflation. Central banks all over the world are hiking rates to battle inflation, which has yet to disrupt dollar dominance.
Gold’s not only battling a strong dollar, but surging Bitcoin. Normally, institutional investors would pile into gold on a day like today, but that seems to be happening for Bitcoin and not the precious metal. Gold’s consolidating here and that should remain the case until China’s Golden Week ends.
Bitcoin prices are surging as regulatory fears for some crypto traders are in the rear-view mirror. October is becoming a great month for cryptos after both Fed Chair Powell and SEC’s Gensler stated they don’t have any plans to ban cryptocurrencies. Regulation is coming to cryptos, but measures
Bitcoin mania is back as retail traders and institutional investors completely embrace the long-term holding approach to cryptos. Hodlers are celebrating today’s rally as Wall Street grow’s nervous over inflation and is turning to Bitcoin for safety. Bitcoin mania is running wild and the current momentum could support a run towards the $60,000 level.
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