Natural Gas Price Prediction – Prices Slide Following Inventory Report

Natural gas prices continued to trading in a tight range, unable to break out or break down. This followed a slightly less than expected build in natural gas inventories reported on Thursday by the Energy Information Administration. The weather is expected to be colder than normal over the next 6-10 days in the East Coast and the mid-Atlantic. Energy production in the U.S fell 5% in 2020. Total production of energy in the United States fell to just below 96 quadrillion British thermal units.

Technical Analysis

Natural gas prices moved lower on Thursday after testing resistance levels and failing. Target resistance is seen near the February highs at 3.06. Short-term resistance is seen near an upward sloping trend line that comes in near 2.97. Support is seen near the 10-day moving average at 2.92. The 10-day moving average crossed above the 50-day moving average, which means that a medium-term uptrend is now in place. Short-term momentum has turned negative as the fast stochastic generated a crossover sell signal. Medium-term momentum is positive but decelerating as the MACD (moving average convergence divergence) histogram prints in positive territory with a sliding trajectory which points to consolidation.

Natural gas in storage was 1,958 Bcf as of Friday, April 30, 2021, according to the EIA. This represents a net increase of 60 Bcf from the previous week. Expectations were for a 65 Bcf build in stockpiles according to survey provider Estimize. Stocks were 345 Bcf less than last year at this time and 61 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,019 Bcf. At 1,958 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.

Gold Price Prediction – Prices Break Out on Dollar Break Down

Gold prices surged higher on Thursday as the dollar headed south. U.S. Treasury yields moved lower despite a decline in jobless claims. Initial claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, sinking below 500,000 for the first time since the Covid crash.

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Technical analysis

Gold prices moved higher on Thursday breaking out above trend line resistance. Support is now seen near former resistance, a downward sloping trend line near 1,799. Target resistance is seen near the Fibonacci retracement level of 38.2%, which is seen near 1,828. Additional support is seen near the 10-day moving average at 1,783 and then the 50-day moving average at 1,745. The 10-day moving average has crossed above the 50-day moving average, meaning that a short-term uptrend is now in place. Short-term momentum has turned positive as the fast stochastic generated a crossover buy signal. Medium-term momentum has turned positive as the MACD (moving average convergence divergence) index generated a crossover buy signal. This occurs when the MACD line (the 12-day moving average minus the 26-day moving average) crosses above the MACD signal line (the 9-day moving average of the MACD line).

Claims Fall More than Expected

First-time claims for unemployment insurance fell below 500,000 for the first time since the pandemic crisis. Initial claims totaled 498,000 for the week ended May 1, against the estimate of 527,000. That was down from the previous week’s total of 590,000, which saw a substantial upward revision from the initially reported 553,000. However, continuing claims actually ticked higher last week, rising 37,000 to just below 3.7 million. The four-week moving average for claims edged down to 3.68 million, the lowest since March 28, 2020, just as mass layoffs were beginning to combat the spreading coronavirus.

Natural Gas Price Prediction – Prices Whipsaw Ahead of Inventory Report

Natural gas prices whipsawed on Wednesday, closing lower on the session, unable to push above resistance. This movement comes ahead of the Thursday inventory report from the Department of Energy. Expectations are for 65 Bcf build-in stockpiles, according to survey provider Estimize.

Technical Analysis

Natural gas prices moved higher lower on Wednesday after testing resistance levels and failing. Target resistance is seen near the February highs at 3.06. Short-term resistance is seen near an upward sloping trend line that comes in near 2.98. Support is seen near the 10-day moving average at 2.91. The 10-day moving average crossed above the 50-day moving average, which means that a medium-term uptrend is now in place. Short-term momentum has turned negative as the fast stochastic generated a crossover sell signal. Medium-term momentum is positive but decelerating as the MACD (moving average convergence divergence) histogram prints in positive territory with a sliding trajectory which points to consolidation.

The total supply of natural gas remains mostly flat. According to data from the EIA, the average total supply of natural gas rose slightly by 0.3% compared with the previous report week. Dry natural gas production grew by 0.9% compared with the previous report week. Average net imports from Canada decreased by 9.5% after a large increase last week. Net imports from Canada averaged 4.7 Bcf per day this week compared with 5.1 Bcf per day last week.

USD/CAD Daily Forecast – Test Of Support At 1.2200

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U.S. Dollar Is Under Strong Pressure Against Canadian Dollar

USD/CAD is currently trying to settle below the support at 1.2200 while the U.S. dollar is losing ground against a broad basket of currencies.

The U.S. Dollar Index is currently testing the support at the 91 level. If the U.S. Dollar Index declines below this level, it will move towards the support at 90.70 which will be bearish for USD/CAD.

Today, U.S. reported that Initial Jobless Claims decreased from 590,000 (revised from 553,000) to 498,000 while Continuing Jobless Claims increased from 3.65 million (revised from 3.66 million) to 3.69 million.

Tomorrow, foreign exchange market traders will have a chance to take a look at additional employment data from U.S. and Canada. In the U.S., Non Farm Payrolls report is expected to show that U.S. economy added 978,000 jobs in April. Unemployment Rate report is projected to indicate that Unemployment Rate declined from 6% to 5.8%.

In Canada, Employment Change report is expected to show that Canadian economy lost 175,000 jobs in April. Unemployment Rate is expected to increase from 7.5% to 7.8%.

Technical Analysis

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USD to CAD managed to settle below the support at 1.2250 and gained strong downside momentum. Currently, USD to CAD is testing the next support level which is located at 1.2200. RSI moved into the oversold territory, but USD to CAD may gain additional downside momentum in case the right catalysts emerge.

If USD to CAD settles below the support at 1.2200, it will move towards the next support level at 1.2170. A successful test of the support at 1.2170 will open the way to the test of the support at 1.2130.

On the upside, USD to CAD needs to stay above 1.2200 to have a chance to develop upside momentum in the near term. The next resistance level for USD to CAD is located at 1.2250.

If USD to CAD gets above this level, it will move towards the resistance at 1.2280. A move above this level will open the way to the test of the resistance at 1.2310.

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Kellogg Shares Soar on Q1 Earnings Beat and Raised Outlook

Kellogg shares rose over 8% on Thursday after the leading worldwide manufacturer and marketer of ready-to-eat cereals, reported better-than-expected earnings and revenue in the first quarter and lifted the fiscal year 2021 guidance.

The U.S. second-largest biscuit maker reported net sales rose over 5% to $3.58 billion in the quarter ended April 3, up from $3.41 billion seen in the same period a year ago. That was higher than the Wall Street consensus estimates of $3.38 billion.

The Battle Creek, Michigan-based company said its diluted earnings per share rose over 12% to $1.11, beating analysts’ expectations of $0.95 per share.

Kellogg forecasts sales growth to finish 2021 nearly flat year-on-year, an improvement from the previous expectations of about a 1% decline. Adjusted earnings per share is expected to increase by nearly 1% to 2%, up from the previous forecast of a 1% rise.

Following the upbeat results, Kellogg shares rose as high as 8% to $68.14 on Thursday. The stock rose over 8% so far this year.

Analyst Comments

“We expect a positive stock reaction to Kellogg’s large Q1 topline/profit/EPS beat, despite the cycling of solid topline growth in 1Q20, along with slightly raised FY21 guidance. While the magnitude of the FY21 raise was small (organic sales +100 bps, OP/EPS growth +50 bps), it was unexpected as there were concerns about lower or lower-quality FY guidance with commodity pressure,” noted Dara Mohsenian, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

Kellogg Stock Price Forecast

Five analysts who offered stock ratings for Kellogg in the last three months forecast the average price in 12 months of $66.00 with a high forecast of $72.00 and a low forecast of $60.00.

The average price target represents a -2.73% decrease from the last price of $67.85. Of those five analysts, two rated “Buy”, three rated “Hold” while none rated “Sell”, according to Tipranks.

Morgan Stanley gave the base target price to $60 with a high of $71 under a bull scenario and $43 under the worst-case scenario. The firm gave an “Equal-weight” rating on the food manufacturing company’s stock.

Several other analysts have also updated their stock outlook. Kellogg had its price target cut by Deutsche Bank to $70 from $75. They currently have a buy rating on the stock. Citigroup reduced their price objective to $72 from $75. Jefferies Financial Group dropped their target price to $65 from $69 and set a hold rating. Piper Sandler lowered Kellogg from an overweight rating to a neutral rating and dropped their target price to $66 from $76.

Upside and Downside Risks

Risks to Upside: Higher US snacks growth on reinvestment/innovation, stabilized US cereal business with innovation and higher ad spend, higher-margin expansion on greater cost savings and moderate commodities – highlighted by Morgan Stanley.

Risks to Downside: Pricing pressure in the US (65% of sales) with retailer friction, COVID-related supply chain disruptions in 2020, lower operating profit growth on higher reinvestment needs and cost pressure.

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Silver to $300

No, I haven’t lost my mind. After all, it’s a metal that’s known for massive rallies.

You see, when silver went trough its 1970s bull market, it started from a low of $1.31 in October 1971. By the time it reached its peak in 1980, silver had run all the way up to $49. That was a 37x return.

If we consider that silver was priced at $4.20 in late 2001, a 37x return would take it to about $155. However, I think this bull market could be an order of magnitude larger for a number of reasons, the main ones being debt, credit and money printing.

As a result, I think silver’s ultimate peak could be $300, and I won’t rule out possibly even higher.

Bullish Silver Fundamentals

Most developed and many developing nations have been in multi-year or even multi-decade deficit scenarios. This now looks to have become a permanent state, at least until we reach some sort of global financial reset.

The Institute of International Finance explains how the COVID-19 pandemic response added $24 trillion to the global debt mountain last year, to reach a new all-time record high of $281 trillion.

And interest rates being maintained at 5,000-year lows will only encourage more debt. Couple that with many countries borrowing to meet interest payments, and central banks soaking up much of that new sovereign debt, and inflation havens like precious metals gain strong appeal.

Silver in particular has the added benefit of 50% of its demand being industrial. With unprecedented economic stimulus programs, many favoring green energy, silver is uniquely positioned to profit. What’s more, according to Metals Focus, silver supply was down 4% in 2020 by 42M ozs. According to the Silver Institute, total supply will rise by 8% this year, though total demand will rise nearly twice as much, by 15%, led by industrial, jewelry and physical demand.

So the fundamental side of silver demand is looking strong, but the technical side is also very bullish.

Bullish Silver Technicals

Let’s consider the gold silver ratio.

As a quick refresher, the gold silver ratio is calculated by simply dividing the spot price for one gold ounce by the spot price of one silver ounce. That’s it. Naturally the higher the ratio, the more silver ounces are needed to buy one gold ounce, and vice versa. The most bullish scenario is when the ratio is falling from a high level, ideally from above 80, and the silver price is rising.

Here’s a chart of the gold silver ratio during the 1970s silver bull market.

To me it’s very intriguing to note how recessions, which are the grey vertical bars, tended to mark troughs and/or peaks in the ratio. What’s also interesting is that when silver reached its peak in 1980, the gold silver ratio ultimately bottomed around the same time at a level near 15, which was below the starting point near 20.

Let’s now move to the current silver bull market which I believe began in 2001. The following chart shows us silver prices since 2000, not adjusted for inflation.

Of course, silver had a tremendous run from $4.20 in 2001 to its 2011 peak at $49. It then corrected until late 2015, then moved sideways until bottoming near $12 last year in March. It had a tremendous move up to $30 within just 5 months and has been mostly consolidating since.

Now let’s examine the gold silver ratio action since 2001.

Again we see peaks and troughs tend to occur (though not exclusively) around recessions (grey bars). At silver’s peak in 2011, the ratio bottomed near 33. It then rose almost constantly up to its all-time peak last March at 125, then fell dramatically to its current level around 67, as silver started to significantly outpace gold. Consider that we know from history silver always outperforms gold in precious metals bull markets. So the current action is particularly exciting for silver.

Silver Targets

But what does it all mean for how high the silver price can go? Of course, no one knows for sure. But there are some indicators worth examining for clues and suggestions.

I believe the ratio will ultimately reach a low near 15. And given the inflationary path we’re on, I think gold could peak at $5,000 per ounce. That’s just 2.5 times last August’s peak near $2,000. In fact, I think there’s even a decent chance gold could reach $10,000, which is just 5 times last August’s peak. But if we stick with $5,000, and an ultimate bottom in the gold silver ratio of 15, we get ($5,000/15) $333 per ounce of silver.

Let’s look at silver price targets from another angle: inflation.

If we consider inflation-adjusted silver prices going back to 1970, we see that the peak reached in 1980 was actually $120/ounce in today’s dollars, and that’s using government sanctioned inflation statistics, which tend to be well below what we experience in everyday life.

Considering the old way of calculating inflation, which the U.S. abandoned decades ago and I reference below from Shadowstats.com, a realistic inflation rate would have averaged 7% – 8% since 1980 (triple official inflation), which would mean an equivalent silver price of $240-$360 dollars at the 1980 peak.

My gold silver ratio target for silver of $333 is comfortably within the range of $240-$360. If we take the mid-way point between $240 and $360, we get $300. I think that’s as good an estimate as any of where silver can peak in its current bull market.

On this basis, the silver price would need to be up by more than 10x from current levels to reach its ultimate high. Imagine for a moment, if silver were to soar tenfold from here, what the silver producers’ and silver explorers’ share prices would do. It’s not difficult to expect simply spectacular returns. Which is exactly why it’s so attractive to allocate to this space, while being diversified across several stocks, as it’s impossible to know which will do best. Still, odds are very good that if silver goes up by a factor of 10, the average silver stock should easily double that, and be up by a factor of 20, while the most successful juniors could gain 50x or more. That would simply be a repeat of previous bull markets.

Larger silver producers and royalty companies should be seen as core positions to be held for the long term. The more junior explorers should be treated more cautiously as speculations, on which to take profits when they materialize. Selling half of one’s position on a double would be especially sensible.

In any case, I believe it remains early days for silver and silver stocks. I expect to see much higher prices ahead in the metal and the equities. And in my view the current bout of weakness is an opportunity to buy or add to positions in this space. Remember, at $26 silver is still nearly 50% below its all-time nominal high, while gold is just 10% below its all-time nominal high. Silver is clearly the better relative bargain.

In the Silver Stock Investor newsletter, I provide my outlook on which silver stocks have the best prospects as this bull market progresses. Many offer 5x to 10x return potential in just the next few years, especially as silver heats up.

I think silver is currently at or very close to its bottom, but that its ultimate peak could well be in the $300 range.

Either way, silver is headed much, much higher.

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Why Shares Of Moderna Are Down By 5% Today?

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Moderna Stock Moves Lower As Q1 Revenue Misses Estimates

Shares of Moderna found themselves under pressure after the company released its first-quarter results.

Moderna reported revenue of $1.94 billion and earnings of $2.84 per share, beating analyst estimates on earnings and missing them on revenue. It looks that the market was not ready to tolerate the revenue miss, and it weighed heavily on Moderna stock.

The bar was set high for the company whose shares were up by more than 60% year-to-date before the release of the quarterly report. In addition, shares of  vaccine makers found themselves under pressure after U.S. signaled that it would support a waiver for vaccine IP rights at the WTO.

EU has already stated that it was ready to discuss waving COVID-19 vaccines patents, which is a worrisome development for investors. At the same time, it remains to be seen whether any decisions will be made in the near term.

What’s Next For Moderna?

The sell-off in Moderna shares was triggered by IP waiver-related fears and a revenue miss. IP waiver-related fears probably served as the main catalyst for the current sell-off as other vaccine makers like BioNTech and Pfizer also found themselves under pressure.

Currently, analysts expect that Moderna will report earnings of $23.27 per share in 2021 and $16.58 per share in 2022 so the stock is trading at about 9 forward P/E for 2022 which is very cheap in today’s market environment.

However, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding future profits, and recent discussions about waiving IP rights add another layer of uncertainty. At the same time, it looks increasingly likely that at least some part of the vaccine revenue will be recurring as people may need regular shots to protect themselves against COVID-19.

In this light, Moderna shares may soon attract speculative traders and investors who will want to use the current pullback as an opportunity to buy the stock at lower levels.

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Oil Price Fundamental Daily Forecast – Mixed Gasoline Inventory Numbers Fueling Trader Indecision

U.S. West Texas Intermediate and international-benchmark Brent crude oil futures are edging lower on Thursday as bullish traders take a breather following the release of mixed inventories reports on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Today’s move doesn’t suggest topping action, but rather the potential shifting in sentiment from aggressive traders chasing prices higher to more conservative traders looking for a pullback into a value area.

At 13:56 GMT, June WTI crude oil futures are trading $65.09, down $0.54 or -0.82% and July Brent crude oil is at $68.51, down $0.45 or -0.65%.

Earlier in the week, traders expressed concerns over the pandemic in India and its potential impact on global demand, however, since then these worries have been offset by optimism fueled by the lifting of lockdowns in the United States and parts of Europe.

American Petroleum Institute Weekly Inventories Report

The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported late Tuesday that U.S. crude supplies fell by 7.7 million barrels for the week ended April 30. Ahead of the report, traders were pricing in at 3.9 million barrel draw.

The API also reported that gasoline stockpiles fell by 5.3 million barrels versus pre-report estimates of a 500,000 barrel drawdown.

Meanwhile, distillate inventories declined by nearly 3.5 million barrels. Traders were looking for a 1.6 million barrel drawdown.

Energy Information Administration Weekly Inventories Report

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), crude inventories fell by 8 million barrels in the week to April 30 to 485.1 million barrels, compared with analysts’ expectations in a Reuters poll for a 2.3 million-barrel drop.

U.S. gasoline stocks rose by 737,000 barrels in the week to 235.8 million barrels, the EIA said, compared with analysts’ expectations in a Reuters poll for a 652,000-barrel drop.

Distillate stockpiles, which include diesel and heating oil, fell by 2.9 million barrels in the week to 136.2 million barrels, versus expectations for a 1.1 million-barrel drop, the EIA data showed.

Daily Forecast

The mixed inventories reports may have given buyers a reason to pause. Both the API and EIA reports drawdowns in crude oil and distillate inventories, but the gasoline inventories data yielded mixed results. The API reported a large drawdown, but the EIA report showed an unexpected rise in inventories.

As we approach summer driving season in the U.S., traders will shift their focus to the gasoline numbers. It’s still a little early in the season so the gasoline data wasn’t that big of a deal. However, between May 31 and September 5, bullish traders will be expecting to see stronger demand for gasoline.

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Silver Price Daily Forecast – Resistance At $27.50 In Sight

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Weak Dollar Provides Support To Silver

Silver gained upside momentum and managed to get above the resistance at $27.00 while the U.S. dollar remained under pressure against a broad basket of currencies.

The U.S. Dollar Index failed to settle above the resistance at the 20 EMA at 91.30 and is testing the support at the 91 level. In case the U.S. Dollar Index declines below this level, it will move towards the support at 90.70 which will be bullish for silver and gold price today. Weaker dollar is bullish for precious metals as it makes them cheaper for buyers who have other currencies.

Gold is currently testing the resistance at the $1800 level. In case gold manages to settle above this level, it will head towards the resistance at $1820 which will be bullish for silver.

Gold/silver ratio managed to get below the 67 level and is trying to settle below 66.50. If gold/silver ratio declines below this level, it will move towards the 66 level which will be bullish for silver.

Technical Analysis

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Silver managed to get above the resistance at $27.00 and is trying to gain additional upside momentum. If silver settles above this level, it will move towards the resistance at $27.50. RSI remains in the moderate territory, and there is plenty of room to gain additional upside momentum in case the right catalysts emerge.

A successful test of the resistance at $27.50 will push silver towards the next resistance level at $27.75. If silver gets above the resistance at $27.75, it will head towards the next resistance which is located at $28.30.

On the support side, a move below the $27 level will push silver towards the support at $26.65. In case silver declines below this level, it will head towards the support at $26.30.

A successful test of the support at $26.30 will push silver towards the support which is located at the 20 EMA at $26.15. In case silver manages to settle below this level, it will head towards the next support at the 50 EMA at $25.95.

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Lumber and Copper Are Surging. Will Gold Join the Party?

The rise in lumber prices can be seen in the chart below:

What a surge! It happened because of the limited supply and strong demand for new houses. But it’s not just lumber. Many raw commodities are rallying too. The price of copper, for example, has just approached its record height (from February 2011), as the recovery of the global economy boosted demand. Just take a look at the price below.

Indeed, the trend is up. Commodity prices are on the rise as a whole as the chart below clearly shows. Even Warren Buffet warned investors against a “red hot” recovery, saying that his portfolio companies were “seeing very substantial inflation” amid shortages of raw materials.

Of course, commodity price inflation and consumer price inflation are quite different phenomena, as consumers don’t buy lumber or copper directly but only finished products made from these materials. However, at least part of this producer price inflation may translate into higher consumer prices, as producers’ ability to pass higher costs on consumers has recently increased – people have a large holding of cash and are willing to spend it.

Implications for Gold

What do rallying commodity prices imply for the precious metals? Well, rising commodity prices signal higher inflation, which should increase the demand for gold as an inflation hedge . Of course, there might be some supply disruptions and bottlenecks in a few commodities. However, the widespread character and the extent of the increase in prices suggest that monetary policy is to blame here and that inflation won’t be just transitory as the Fed claims.

What’s more, the commodity boom is usually a good time for precious metals . As the chart below shows, there is a strong positive correlation between the broad commodity index and the precious metals index.

There was a big divergence during the pandemic when commodities plunged, while gold at the same time shined brightly as a safe-haven asset . So, the current lackluster performance of the yellow metal is perfectly understandable during the economic recovery.

Indeed, the rebound in gold has been weak, and gold hasn’t even crossed $1,800 yet, although it was close this week, as the chart below shows.

There was a rally on Monday (May 3) amid a retreat in the US dollar, but we were back in the doldrums on Tuesday, amid Yellen’s remarks about higher bond yields . She said that interest rates could rise to prevent the economy from overheating:

It may be that interest rates will have to rise somewhat to make sure that our economy doesn’t overheat, even though the additional spending is relatively small relative to the size of the economy

However, Yellen clarified her statements later, explaining that she was not recommending or predicting that the Fed should hike interest rates. Additionally, several FOMC members made their speeches, presenting the dovish view on the Fed’s monetary policy . For example, Richard Clarida, Fed Vice Chair, said that the economy was still a long way from the Fed’s goals and that the US central bank wasn’t thinking about reducing its quantitative easing program .

Anyway, the price of gold has been trading sideways recently as it couldn’t break out of the $1,700-$1,800 price range. This inability can be frustrating, but the inflationary pressure could help the yellow metal to free itself from the shackles. The bull market in gold started in 2019, well ahead of the commodities. Now, there is a correction , but gold may join the party later . It’s important to remember that reflation has two phases: the growth phase when raw materials outperform gold and the inflation phase when gold catches up with the commodities. So, we may have to wait for a breakout a little longer, but once we get it, new investors may flow into the market, strengthening the upward move.

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Price of Gold Fundamental Daily Forecast – Underpinned by Dovish Fed Member Comments, Capped by Strong Data

Gold futures are trading higher on Thursday, but pulling back from its high after the release of a better-than-expected government report. Earlier in the session, gold prices rose as the U.S. Dollar retreated from two-week highs and U.S. Treasury yields fell, with traders focusing on economic data for clues on the Federal Reserve’s strategy on monetary support going forward.

At 13:08 GMT, June Comex gold futures are trading $1792.00, up $7.70 or +0.43%.

Thin market conditions ahead of Friday’s U.S. Non-Farm Payrolls report have contributed to this week’s volatile price action. Dovish comments from Federal Reserve members have helped underpin prices, while stronger-than-expected economic data has helped put a lid on gains.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, a noted dove, also contributed to the volatility with two-sided comments.

Fed’s Rosengren Says It Is Premature to Talk About Tapering

Helping to support gold prices on Thursday are comments from Federal Reserve Bank President Eric Rosengren.

On Wednesday, Rosengren said inflation will be temporarily distorted this spring as the U.S. economy works through imbalances caused by the pandemic but the pressures should be short-lived and should not lead to a pullback in monetary policy.

“Despite the ebbs and flows of the data, inflation is expected to remain close to 2 percent over the forecast horizon,” Rosengren said during a virtual event organized by Boston College. “This does seem to me to be the most likely outcome, which should allow monetary policymakers to be patient in removing accommodation.”

For now, Rosengren said “significant slack remains in the economy” and made it clear it is too soon to start talking about reducing the Fed’s asset purchases.

“We need to have a substantial improvement for us to begin tapering. It is quite possible that we’ll see those conditions as we get to the latter half of the year,” Rosengren said. “But right now what we have is one really strong employment report, one quarterly strong GDP report. And so I think it’s premature right now to focus on the tapering.”

Daily Outlook

After an earlier surge, gold prices appear to be consolidating as investors position themselves ahead of Friday’s U.S. Non-Farm Payrolls report. This report could set the tone of the market for the next month.

On Wednesday, ADP reported strong private sector numbers. On Thursday, initial claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to 498,000, in another sign the labor market is getting closer to pre-pandemic levels.

There is nothing bullish per se in the news, but investors appear unwilling to give up until there is definitive proof that the Fed is getting ready to begin tapering its bond purchases.

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Bitcoin Fights for Breakout as Ethereum Sees Correction from its ATH

The momentum for Ethereum has been high over the past few days. The coin recorded an ATH above $3,523.59 yesterday and gave Bitcoin bulls the needed nudge to push the coin’s price to a new horizon. Together, Bitcoin and Ethereum dominate the $2.29 trillion global crypto market cap by 61.9%. A look at their current price movers will showcase which project contributes more to this combined cap weighting.

Bitcoin’s Retarded Growth Casts Doubt on its Market Leadership

For the past decade, Bitcoin has been seen as the undisputed leader of the global crypto market, wielding a massive influence over the space. This recognition is, however, fading away as the coin has not made any move close to its ATH of $64,500 for about 3 weeks now. For several reasons ranging from the Xinjiang mining zone blackout to fears of increased capital gains tax has contributed to keeping the premier cryptocurrency well below the $60,000 psychological level.

At the time of writing, BTC is down by 0.25% to $55612.2 according to data from CEX.IO price feeds.

The BTC-USD 4H Chart above shows the market is at a point of indecision with a likely overbearing influence from the bulls. A continuous push up across the signal line can send price toward the upper region of the Bollinger Band, in a bid to retest the $60,000 price levels. Should the bulls succeed in stabilizing price above this level, Bitcoin may regain buyers’ confidence to end Q2 at a price valuation of $80,000 per coin.

Ethereum Charting a New Course for itself

Ethereum has almost completely broken off its correlation with BTC and is now charting a new path for itself. Despite its current price of $3370.33 or 1.69% dip in the past 24 hours falling below its ATH above $3500, ETH is still outpacing BTC on the weekly gain level by 24.51% to 0.46% respectively.

The latest short squeeze on derivatives exchanges forced the new ATH, fueled by the growing institutional manager’s inflow into the asset. While these may be intermittent, investors are very bullish on the future prospect of the network per the EIP 1559 and ETH 2.0 potential rollout.

Per the short term SMAs which ETH price is currently trading above, the bullish momentum is heightened, and while the coin has beaten its Q2 target of $3,000, a move toward the Q4 target above $4,900 is now being anticipated.

For both BTC and ETH, intermittent price reversals may be experienced before the targets are met.

Konstantin Anissimov, Executive Director at CEX.IO

Divergences Could Sink McDonald’s Uptrend

Dow component McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) posted an all-time high above 238 this week, adding to a modest uptick after the company beat Q1 2021 top and bottom line estimates, earning $1.92 per-share on 8.7% revenue growth to $5.12 billion. Global comparative sales rose a healthy 7.5%, underpinned by a 13.6% surge in the United States. Foreign venues reported positive but less impressive growth, highlighting continued restrictions as a result of the pandemic.

Winning the Chicken Wars

The fast food giant noted continued expansion of digital order and delivery segments, even though seating restrictions have been eased or removed in many states. It’s looking for pent-up demand to drive positive net 2021 growth, although it hasn’t been too hard to buy a Big Mac since April 2020. The company also noted victories in the chicken sandwich wars breaking out across the nation, noting their applicants “have exceeded projections especially after 4pm”.

Telsey Advisory Group analyst Bob Derrington raised his target to $260 on Tuesday, noting the company “reported strong 1Q results which included adjusted EPS of $1.92 compared to our $1.76 estimates. McDonald’s global system sales benefited from the strategic embrace of its 3-Ds (Drive-thru, Digital, Delivery), its streamlined menu, quicker drive-thru service and the successful launch of new products across its system. That included the February launch of its new Crispy Chicken sandwich within its U.S. market, which has enjoyed robust sales”.

Wall Street and Technical Outlook

Wall Street consensus now stands at an ‘Overweight’ rating based upon 25 ‘Buy’, 2 ‘Overweight’, and 9 ‘Hold’ recommendations. No analysts are recommending that shareholders close positions and move to the sidelines. Price targets currently range from a low of $225 to a Street-high $282 while the stock is set to open Thursday’s session about $25 below the median $260 target. Additional upside appears likely, given this relatively humble configuration.

McDonald’s topped out above 220 in August 2019 and plunged to a multiyear low during 2020’s pandemic decline. A strong recovery wave reached the prior high in September, yielding a failed breakout, followed by a rounded correction that completed a cup and handle pattern in March. The breakout into May has started slowly, with the stock trading just three or four points above new support, but this classic pattern may support much higher prices in coming months.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Disclosure: the author held no positions in aforementioned securities at the time of publication. 

Natural Gas Price Fundamental Daily Forecast – ‘Bearish Surprise’ Fears Ahead of Weekly EIA Storage Report

Natural gas futures are trading nearly flat shortly before the New York opening and well ahead of the release of the weekly government storage report at 14:30 GMT. After reaching its highest level since February 22 on Tuesday, gains have been capped by expectations from a more substantial build in underground inventories.

At 11:31 GMT, June natural gas futures are trading $2.945, up $0.007 or +0.24%.

Energy Information Administration Weekly Storage Report

Natural Gas Intelligence (NGI) is reporting that traders are expecting today’s EIA report to show a storage injection for the week ended April 30 that could be more than four times greater than the prior week.

NGI also reported that a Bloomberg survey Wednesday showed a median estimate for a 66 Bcf injection, with predictions ranging from 49 Bcf to 76 Bcf. Estimates generated by a Reuters poll spanned increases of 49 Bcf to 76 Bcf, with a median of 65 Bcf. The Wall Street Journal’s weekly survey showed estimates ranging from increase of 52 Bcf to 70 Bcf, with an average of 62 Bcf.

NGI’s model predicted a 76 Bcf build.

Median estimates for the April 30 week, while much higher, still compare favorably to recent history. The EIA recorded a 103 Bcf build in the comparable week of 2020, while the five-year average injection is 81 Bcf, according to NGI.

If you recall, last week’s EIA report showed a 15 Bcf injection for the week ended April 23. That was well below normal for this time of year, leaving U.S. inventories at 1,898 Bcf – 302 Bcf lower than a year earlier and 40 Bcf below the five-year average.

After initially falling on the news last Thursday, prices rose on Monday in a delayed reaction to the news.

Short-Term Weather Outlook

According to NatGasWeather for the week-ending May 6 to May 12, “Weather systems and associated cool shots with showers and thunderstorms will continue across the Midwest and Northeast through next week with highs of 50s and 60s and lows of 30s and 40s. Cooling has also arrived into the South/Southeast with highs of 70s to low 80s for lighter demand, although warming back into the 80s and 90s from Texas to the Southeast late this weekend. The West will experience showers and cooling over the Northwest in the coming days with highs of 50s and 60s but very warm over the Southwest with highs of 80s to 90s. Overall, moderate the rest of the week.”

Daily June Natural Gas

Daily Forecast

Traders are taking no chances ahead of this week’s EIA report, essentially moving to the sidelines ahead of the numbers.

A neutral report would actually compare favorably to historic norms, but the move to the sidelines suggests traders are erring on the side of caution because of the possibility of a bearish surprise.

A bullish report could trigger a retest of this week’s high at $3.001, setting up the possibility of a breakout rally. A bearish report could drive prices back toward the upper level of a support zone at $2.868.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Daily Gold News: Thursday, May 6 – Gold Bouncing Back and Forth

The gold futures contract gained 0.47% on Wednesday, as it extended its short-term consolidation. In early April the market has bounced from the support level marked by March 8 local low of $1,663.30. The yellow metal’s price was the lowest since last year’s June. Today gold is trading closer to the recent local highs, as we can see on the daily chart (the chart includes today’s intraday data):

Gold is 0.3% higher this morning, as it is trading closer to $1,800 price level. What about the other precious metals? Silver is 1.0% higher, platinum is 0.8% higher and palladium is 0.8% lower today. So precious metals are higher this morning.

Yesterday’s ADP Non-Farm Employment Change release has been worse than expected at +742,000. The ISM Services PMI has also been worse than expected at 62.7. Today we will get the Unemployment Claims release, among others.

The markets will be waiting for tomorrow’s monthly jobs data release.

Where would the price of gold go following Friday’s NFP release? We’ve compiled the data since September of 2018, a 32-month-long period of time that contains of thirty two NFP releases. The first chart shows price paths 5 days before and 10 days after the NFP release. The last three cases are marked with dashed lines. Gold gained 1.92% in April and it gained 2.54% in March.

The following chart shows the average gold price path before and after the NFP releases for the past 32 months. The market was usually advancing ahead of the release day and closing 0.49% higher on the 10th day after the NFP release.

Below you will find our Gold, Silver, and Mining Stocks economic news schedule for the next two trading days:

Thursday, May 6

  • 7:30 a.m. U.S. – Challenger Job Cuts y/y
  • 8:30 a.m. U.S. – Unemployment Claims, Preliminary Nonfarm Productivity q/q, Prelim Unit Labor Costs q/q
  • 1:00 p.m. U.S. – FOMC Member Bostic Speech

Friday, May 7

  • 6:00 a.m. Eurozone – ECB President Lagarde Speech
  • 8:30 a.m. U.S. – Non-Farm Employment Change, Unemployment Rate, Average Hourly Earnings m/m
  • 8:30 a.m. Canada – Employment Change, Unemployment Rate
  • 10:00 U.S. – Final Wholesale Inventories m/m
  • 10:00 a.m. Canada – Ivey PMI

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Paul Rejczak
Stock Selection Strategist
Sunshine Profits: Analysis. Care. Profits.

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Dogecoin Pulls Back After Strong Rally

Dogecoin Video 06.05.21.

Dogecoin Tests Support At $0.60

Dogecoin lost momentum and made an attempt to settle below the support at $0.60 as traders took some profits after the recent rally.

Dogecoin quickly managed to get from $0.30 to $0.69 in less than two weeks as traders’ interest in the cryptocurrency increased and exchanges started to make it available for trading.

Cryptocurrencies remain very speculative in nature and often experience significant pullbacks so it’s not surprising to see that Dogecoin is moving lower after a strong rally.

Leading cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum have also lost momentum today so the downside move appears to be broad-based although XRP is moving higher.

Technical Analysis

dogecoin may 6 2021

Dogecoin faced resistance at $0.6650 and pulled back closer to the support at $0.60. RSI has pulled back a bit from recent highs, but it remains in the overbought territory.

In case Dogecoin manages to settle below the support at $0.60, it will head towards the next support level which has emerged at $0.5750. A successful test of the support at $0.5750 will open the way to the test of the support at $0.5350. If Dogecoin declines below this level, it will head towards the support at $0.45. There are no important levels between $0.45 and $0.5350 so this move may be fast.

On the upside, Dogecoin needs to settle above the resistance at $0.6650 to have a chance to develop upside momentum in the near term. The next resistance level is located near the recent highs at $0.70. If Dogecoin manages to settle above this level, it will gain additional upside momentum and head to new highs.

At this point, today’s trading action looks like a normal pullback after the major upside move. However, cryptocurrencies are very dependent on momentum so Dogecoin needs to quickly get closer to recent highs to continue its upside move. If Dogecoin fails to get more upside momentum in the next few days, the risks of a significant pullback will increase.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

PayPal Top Earnings Forecasts, Bets on Crypto

PayPal Holdings, Inc. (PYPL) shares rocketed over 4% higher in Wednesday’s extended-hours trading session after the company delivered a stellar quarterly earnings report.

The San Jose digital payments giant reported an adjusted first quarter (Q1) profit of $1.22 per share, blowing pasts Wall Street’s expectation of $1.01 a share. Moreover, the bottom line grew 85% from a year earlier. Revenues for the period came in at $6.03 billion, up from year-ago sales of $4.62 billion. Volume and user metrics also impressed, with the company processing $285 billion in the quarter and adding 14.5 million net new active accounts.

Looking ahead, management forecasts Q2 EPS of $1.12 on revenues of $6.25 billion. Analysts had expected earnings of $1.10 on sales of $6.16 billion. The company sees cryptocurrency continuing to drive growth in upcoming quarters. “We’ve got a tremendous amount of really great results going on tactically with our crypto efforts,” CEO Dan Schulman told investors, per CNBC. PayPal initially introduced leading cryptocurrencies to its platform last October and has progressively added more integration with digital assets over the past six months.

Through Wednesday’s close, PayPal stock has a market capitalization nearing $300 billion and trades nearly 100% higher over the last 12 months. YTD, the shares have added 5.64%, which trails the S&P 500’s gain of 11% over the same period.

Wall Street View

Late last month, Rosenblatt Securities analyst Sean Horgan raised his price target on the stock to $350 from $320 and maintained his ‘Buy’ recommendation. Horgan sees the payments giant continuing to benefit from higher levels of consumer spending, fueled by record levels of government stimulus.

Elsewhere, the stock racks up mostly favorable brokerage coverage. It receives 36 ‘Buy’ ratings, 5 ‘Overweight’ ratings, and 6 ‘Hold’ ratings. Just one analyst recommends selling the shares. Wall Street has a 12-month price median price target on the stock at $314.55. This represents 27% of upside from yesterday’s $247.40 close.

Technical Outlook and Trading Tactics

PayPal shares have recently retraced to a multi-month uptrend line extending back to the March 2020 pandemic-induced low. Although the price broke below this closely-watched indicator in Wednesday’s session, pre-market trading indicates a move back above it after the company’s solid earnings report.

Providing the stock closes above the trendline, active traders should anticipate a retest of the YTD high at $309.14. Protect capital with a stop-loss order placed under today’s low.

For a look at today’s earnings schedule, check out our earnings calendar.

German Factory Orders Deliver EUR Support Early in the Session

It was a quieter start to the day on the Eurozone economic calendar on Thursday. Key stats included German factory orders.

In March, factory orders rose by 3.0%, month-on-month, following a 1.2% increase in February. Economists had forecast a 1.7% rise.

According to Destatis,

  • Domestic orders increased by 4.9% and foreign orders by 1.6% month-on-month.
  • New orders from the euro area increased 0.7% and by 2.2% from other countries.
  • Manufacturers of intermediate goods saw new orders increase by 2.8%.
  • Consumer goods manufacturers saw new orders jump by 8.5%, with orders for capital goods up 2.5%.
  • When compared with February 2020, which was the month before restrictions were imposed, turnover was 3.4% lower.
  • Compared on the same month a year earlier, new orders were up 27.8%.

Market Impact

Ahead of the numbers the EUR had fallen to a pre-stat and current day low $1.19932.

In response to the numbers, the EUR slipped to a post-stat low $1.20051 before rising to a post-stat and current day high $1.20278.

At the time of writing, the EUR was up by 0.16% to $1.20228.

EURUSD 060521 Hourly Chart

Next Up

Eurozone retail sales figures followed by the weekly jobless claim figures from the U.S. Prelim U.S unit labor cost and nonfarm productivity figures for the 1st quarter are due out but will likely have limited impact on the broader markets.

From the ECB, the Economic Bulletin is also due out shortly…

EUR/USD Daily Forecast – Test Of Resistance At 1.2020

EUR/USD Video 06.05.21.

Euro Tries To Gain More Ground Against U.S. Dollar

EUR/USD is currently trying to get back above the resistance at the 20 EMA at 1.2020 while the U.S. dollar is mostly flat against a broad basket of currencies.

The U.S. Dollar Index did not manage to settle above the resistance at the 20 EMA at 91.30 but stays close to this level. The nearest support level for the U.S. Dollar Index is located at the 91 level. If the U.S. Dollar Index gets to the test of this level, EUR/USD will get more support.

Today, foreign exchange market traders will have a chance to take a look at Euro Area Retail Sales data for March. Analysts expect that Retail Sales increased by 1.5% month-over-month in March after growing by 3% in February. On a year-over-year basis, Retail Sales are projected to increase by 9.6% as Retail Sales were under significant pressure in March 2020.

Meanwhile, the U.S. will release Initial Jobless Claims and Continuing Jobless Claims reports. Initial Jobless Claims are expected to decline from 553,000 to 540,000 while Continuing Jobless Claims are projected to decrease from 3.66 million to 3.62 million.

Yesterday’s ADP Employment Change report was a bit worse than the analyst consensus but it still highlighted rapid employment growth, and the upcoming employment reports are also expected to show that the situation in the job market continues to improve.

Technical Analysis

eur usd may 6 2021

EUR/USD is testing the resistance at the 20 EMA at 1.2020. In case this test is successful, EUR/USD will move towards the next resistance level at 1.2040.

A move above the resistance at 1.2040 will push EUR/USD towards the next resistance at 1.2060. In case EUR/USD manages to settle above this level, it will head towards the resistance which is located at 1.2090.

On the support side, the nearest support level for EUR/USD is located at the 50 EMA at 1.1990. This support level has been tested several times in recent trading sessions and proved its strength.

In case EUR/USD declines below the support at 1.1990, it will move towards the next support level at 1.1965. A successful test of the support at 1.1965 will push EUR/USD towards the support at 1.1925.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

The Black Stuff and The Green List: Oil Volatility is On Its Way!

Those 55 miles per hour speed limits on the highway in the 1970s were largely down to shortages of supply and were designed to ensure less fuel was used by motorists as a result of war rather than for the purposes of road safety which they were largely perceived as.

Today, very little has changed, despite the substantial investment in renewable energy and alternative methods of generating motive power for everything from central heating to transport, and the value of the sticky black stuff is still inexorably dependent on the utterings of government leaders.

Over the past year, to consider oil to have been a volatile commodity is an understatement, its value having dropped into negative equity around one year ago for the first time in history, and the ensuing lockdowns and travel bans having created lower prices in the Western markets whilst demand in South and South East Asia has remained very high.

Today, crude oil is absolutely under the microscope. Even the OPEC countries are publicly discussing its immediate future, with Ihsan Abdul Jabbar, the Oil Minister of Iraq, OPEC’s second largest producer, noted that oil could probably remain around US$65 a barrel.

Standard data is scheduled for release within the next 24 hours in the United States, in the form of the weekly inventories from the American Petroleum Institute, which will be compared to the unexpected climb last week to 90,000 barrels, however this is a bland, routine spreadsheet exercise.

The matter of real interest is that commercial consumers and distributors will likely be assessing a huge increase in purchasing refined petroleum products such as gasoline for cars, and perhaps more specifically, kerosene for aircraft, meaning that more crude oil will be bought by refineries, as the perpetually locked down European Union and its Trans-Atlantic neighbours on the entire North American continent begin to lift travel restrictions.

A combination of pent-up will to travel after a year of blocked borders and a desperate travel industry wanting to regenerate its lost earnings would result in skies full of aircraft, especially as the summer begins and the lure of cut-price tourism gives those seeking refuge from the four walls of constraint.

Companies such as Wizz Air, easyJet and Ryanair have all been advertising cheap flights recently, and have been targeting members of the public who would look to fly within Europe as soon as the travel ban is lifted. This means lots of reservations and therefore a demand for fuel.

The European Commission put forward a proposal on Monday this week to expand the list of countries whose citizens may visit the European Union for nonessential reasons and its president, Ursula von der Leyen tweeted “Time to revive EU tourism industry & for cross-border friendships to rekindle – safely. We propose to welcome again vaccinated visitors & those from countries with a good health situation.”

The decision to lift further restrictions for tourism and non-essential travel will be up to the member states and the proposal was discussed at length yesterday.

India has been a huge consumer of oil in recent weeks, and despite Iraq’s oil minister’s predictions, there is speculation within India that it may rise to $80 by the summer of this year, substantially higher than Mr Abdul Jabbar’s prediction of $65.

India, the world’s third-largest oil importer, has increased its use so dramatically recently that OPEC+, out of its own necessity, has intervened in the oil market on the supply side of the equation to offset the oil demand.

As of April 6, the EIA saw global oil demand at 97.7 million bpd this year. Compared to Brent prices that were near $65 per barrel in March, the EIA sees not much movement in the price of Brent, estimating $65/barrel in Q2 2021, $61 per barrel in H2 2021, and even worse–$60 per barrel in 2022.

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has overseen a global oil demand at 97.7 million barrels per day this year as of April 6, the EIA Compared to Brent prices that were near $65 per barrel in March, the EIA sees not much movement in the price of Brent, estimating $65/barrel in Q2 2021, $61 per barrel in H2 2021, and even worse–$60 per barrel in 2022, which is a contrasting forecast to what the market analysts and OPEC commentators are expecting!

Such diverging views is a clear sign that volatility is likely to remain for some time yet.

Go figure!

Andrew Saks, Head of Research and Analysis at ETX Capital


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