The last couple of years and—in particular—the last couple of months were very difficult for gold traders—i.e. they were boring. Despite several huge daily price swings, the precious metals market has not been going anywhere, moving in and around the $1,100 - $1,300 price range.
I think most of you reading this right now are aware that gold is unlike any other metal, certainly any other element. It doesn’t play by the same rules as iron or tin or aluminum, and its value has nothing to do with its utility—or lack thereof. People valued the yellow metal for its beauty and malleability eons before they knew of its usefulness in conducting electricity or its chemical inertness.
On Monday, official data showed that Chinese demand for crude oil declined in July, which together with a stronger greenback and concerns over a rise in OPEC output weighed on investors’ sentiment and pushed the price of the black gold lower. As a result, light crude lost 2.52% and closed the day below $48. How low could the commodity go in the coming days?
In the battle between the bulls and the bears, the one trend that remains constant is the trend of falling U.S. crude oil supply. Once again, the crude oil supply drop far exceeded market expectations, and according to data from the American Petroleum Institute, it fell by 9.2 million barrels last week.
Major U.S. indices slid for a second straight week as President Donald Trump and North Korea both escalated their saber-rattling, with Kim Jong-un explicitly targeting Guam, home to a number of American military bases, and Trump tweeting Friday that “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded.”