U.S. Dollar and Crude Oil Plummet on Poor Data

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Investors were mainly intrigued by two developments within the trading markets. First was the again significantly declining after more poor economic data from the US. And the second was related to another strong decline in , which fell by 4.5% during yesterday’s trading session. The decline in the price of crude oil was linked mainly to more COVID-related news from China and the current EU negotiations on an oil price cap.

EUR/USD

The increased in value yesterday and is still trading higher during this morning’s Asian Session. During yesterday’s European session, the price initially declined to a lower low, giving potential signals of a downward trend. However, poor US economic data caused the price to move in favor of the Euro again. Since the start of the US session yesterday, Indicators have been producing bullish signals.

The price of the Euro against other competitors is currently less attractive, and the Euro Currency Index has declined. As a result, the price movement is more related to the US Dollar. The US Dollar Index is currently trading at 105.76, almost at a 4-month low.

The Flash and PMI mainly pressured the US Dollar, which read much lower than expected. The Manufacturing PMI was a specific concern for investors as the index declined below 50.0, indicating a possible economic contraction. In addition, a declining manufacturing sector can keep higher for longer and pressure the employment sector.

The Services PMI also declined from 47.8 to 46.1, and the weekly increased to 240,000, the highest since August. European and UK PMI figures were also below 50.0 but higher than expected, supporting the currencies.

The Federal Reserve’s continued to fuel the fire. Most members of the FOMC voiced their concerns about increasing interest rates too fast and the adverse impact on the economy. The report signaled a decreased interest rate hike for December. Currently, most experts estimate a 0.50% rate hike from the Fed and the European Central Bank.

No major news is expected from the US or the EU this afternoon. However, investors will focus on the current negotiations regarding the EU’s price cap on Russian oil imports. The decline in oil prices could lower inflation further, but only if prices remain low and do not correct back upwards again.

Crude Oil

Crude oil has been under pressure since Nov. 14. The decline has been mainly powered by prices being overbought, restrictions in China, a global economic slowdown, and a potentially softer EU stance against Russian oil.

This morning, the price shows little volatility and mainly a sideways trend. However, yesterday the price declined by over $6 per barrel. Traders are now eager to see if the price will be able to form a clear bearish breakout at the current support level ($76.85). This may provide a signal for further downward price movement.

Crude oil price chart.

China has confirmed that COVID-19 cases have surged to over 55,000 within a single day. This is the highest ever recorded in China, and most cities are either in lockdown, partial lockdown or have certain COVID-related restrictions. This is likely to impact already-dwindling demand.

The EU is also negotiating on the current Russian oil price cap, which economists advise is likely to pressure oil prices further as it reassures markets on supply. Some states within the EU are pushing for a lower price cap to “punish” Russia further, whereas other members are pushing to a minimum of $70 per barrel. Members pushing for this are large shipping industries and struggling economies like Greece.

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