Commodity prices are under pressure in European trade as broadly soft economic data out of the euro zone reminded investors that aside from sovereign risk and structural concerns (at least as it relates to Greece), the region is also sinking deeper into an economic slump that is weighing on global performance at large. Revised Eurozone PMI figures pointed to likely recession in the second quarter while German factory orders and region-wide retail sales figures disappointed expectations. Looking ahead, S&P 500 stock index futures have erased earlier gains and now point firmly lower, hinting continued selling may be ahead.
The landscape may quickly change with the release of the ISM Non-Manufacturing Composite gauge however. Median forecasts call for a print at 53.5 in May, matching April’s result. An outcome in line with expectations is unlikely to spark fireworks but a disappointing result may counter-intuitively boost risk appetite while applying downward pressure on the Dollar in the context of the QE3-driven theme at play this week. That would have scope to boost sentiment-linked crude oil and copper prices while offering a lift to gold and silver as precious metals are once again sought out for their store-of-value appeal.
Comex E-Mini Copper (NY Close): $3.308 // -0.006 // -0.18%
Prices broke through support at 3.426, the 76.4% Fibonacci retracement, with sellers now testing the double bottom at 3.250. A break below this boundary exposes the 123.6% Fib expansion at 3.080. The 3.426 level has been recast as near-term resistance.
WTI Crude Oil (NY Close): $83.98 // +0.75 // +0.90%
Prices put in a Hammer candlestick above support at 83.34, the 76.4% Fibonacci retracement, hinting an upswing is ahead. Highly oversold RSI studies reinforce the risk of a rebound. Initial resistance lines up in the 90.14-88.54 area, marked by the early September swing top and the 61.8% Fib. Alternatively, a break lower initially exposes 80.16.