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The natural gas markets drifted a little bit lower during the week, but also turned around to show signs of resiliency.
Silver markets fell hard during the trading session on Friday as the “risk on” trade seemed to get people running towards a lot of other assets.
The crude oil markets rallied a bit during the trading session on Friday, as we continue to reach towards the top of the overall gap.
The natural gas markets initially tried to rally during the trading session on Friday again, but gave back the gains to form a less than impressive candlestick.
Angola has cut the number of oil cargoes that it will ship to Chinese state firms to pay down debt to Beijing as it seeks to renegotiate repayment terms to deal with the crippling impact of the coronavirus, three sources familiar with the matter said. Angola said this week it had asked for G20 debt relief and was in advanced talks with some countries importing its oil on adjusting financing facilities, but expects no further debt overhaul to be needed beyond this. The sharp global economic slowdown due to the novel coronavirus pandemic pushed Brent oil prices to their lowest levels since the late 1990s and U.S. oil futures to negative territory for the first time in history.
This was exacerbated by a better than anticipated jobs number in the United States. That is an area that is obviously psychological in nature and has been a significant support and resistance barrier.
Oil prices are in rally mode today. WTI, the main U.S. oil price benchmark, was up 4.5% to about $39 a barrel by 10:15 a.m. EDT on Friday. Fueling the rebound in crude prices was a report that OPEC and its partners had agreed to extend their historic production cut by another two months.
The British pound has rallied significantly during the week and what can only be described as a parabolic break out.
The Australian dollar went parabolic during the week, crashing into resistance at the 0.70 level. This is a market that at the very least needs to digest gains.
WTI oil gets closer to $40 per barrel as traders expect that OPEC+ will extend current production cuts by at least one month.
The deal would keep new crude output in check as the world starts to draw down on some of the excess supply that has filled storage facilities to capacity.
Crude oil demand this year will fall to around 90.6 million bpd this year, OPEC’s secretary-general Mohammed Barkindo said ahead of the next OPEC+ meeting
The US dollar has rallied a bit during the trading session on Friday, perhaps mainly in reaction to the jobs number which came out much better than anticipated
The British pound has taken out to the upside again during the trading session on Friday after a better than anticipated jobs report.
The Euro has dropped a little bit during the trading session on Friday after initially shooting straight up in the area again.
Silver is losing ground as demand for precious metals decreases as traders bet on a robust recovery from the coronavirus crisis.
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The direction of the June E-mini S&P; 500 Index on Friday is likely to be determined by trader reaction to yesterday’s close at 3110.50.
The oil industry has been flipped on its head over the last few months as economic shutdowns around the world have caused demand to plummet by around 20%. For a short time, oil futures prices even went negative in the U.S. because there was more supply than demand. Producers and suppliers in the oil market are trying to cut costs and adjust finances as quickly as possible, but not everyone will survive.
Oil prices rose on Friday after an unexpected fall in the May U.S. jobless rate and OPEC's decision to bring forward to Saturday discussions on whether to extend record production cuts. Brent crude <LCOc1> futures settled up $2.31, or 5.8%, at $42.30 a barrel, surging 19.2% on the week. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude <CLc1> futures rose $2.14, or 5.7%, to $39.55 a barrel, rising 10.7% on the week.
Iraq, which had one of the worst compliance rates in May according to Reuters, agreed to the additional pledge, OPEC sources said.
Malaysia will fully exempt palm oil from export duty this year as part of plans to support industries badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Friday said crude palm oil, crude palm kernel oil and processed palm kernel oil will be exempted from the export duty from July to December. The world's second largest producer and exporter of the edible oil had already lowered its export duty in crude palm oil to 0% this month.