Crude oil prices wash out after the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows a surprise drop in refinery runs and a lower forecast from that seems to suggest that the pain in the oil market may not be over.
The Comex gold futures rose 1.70% last week when the Chinese Renminbi depreciated unexpectedly on Aug. 11. This week, the gold futures rose 0.38% and ended at $1,116.60 per ounce on Tuesday. In contrast, the Dollar Index dropped 1.07% to $96.52 and the crude oil futures plunged 3.12% to $42.50 per barrel last week.
Another 6.2% drop in the Shanghai composite helped drive oil and industrial metals to a six-year low, and only seemed to slow after China pumped 120 billion yuan worth of seven-day reverse repurchase agreements, or reverse repos, which are a short-term loans to commercial lenders in the money market.