Both yellow and black golds are currently finding support from heightened fear among investors that the United States and its allies may soon launch a military strike against Syria. This is in response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in the country. The fear is that there might be counterstrike by Russia, which could further damage Moscow’s relationship with the West.
Market players marched into the 2017 trading year adopting a risk-on attitude, amid growing optimism over Donald Trump pushing ahead with a large fiscal spending package. The “trump effect” not only elevated global stocks to 19-month highs in January, but also sent the U.S. dollar to its highest level in 14 years.
Oil prices surged this quarter as Brent crude put in the best performance in 13 years. This comes as oil demand is surging, geopolitical risk is rising and Moody’s warns that shale oil producers will need $50 a barrel plus oil to make any money.