Crude Oil Gains As Copper Prices Aim For 2012 High, Downside Potential Grows

Growth-linked crude oil prices and copper futures aimed higher over the past 24 hours as market mood remained optimistic. This is as equities were closed for trading in China and in the United States amid the Lunar New Year and Presidents’ Day holidays respectively. In Europe, the Euro Stoxx 50 and FTSE 100 climbed as equities tracking futures on Wall Street followed.

Broadly speaking, weakness in the anti-risk US Dollar certainly helped propel both crude oil and copper prices upward. Vaccine rollout milestones in the US and UK likely contributed to ongoing bets of economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. You can see this dynamic being priced in longer-dated Treasury yields. The 10-year rate soared at market open.

Further bolstering crude oil prices has been the extreme cold weather in the state of Texas. This has resulted in near-term supply concerns as power outages put millions in the dark. Meanwhile, a pickup in demand for the red metal is pressuring tight inventories. China, the largest consumer and producer of copper, saw stockpiles for the metal shrink to the lowest for this time of year in over a decade, according to Bloomberg.

Towards the end of Tuesday’s APAC session, reports crossed the wires that China is mulling rare earth exports to U.S. defense contractors, according to the Financial Times. Attention now turns to the United States’ response. Market mood did sour, with volatility likely amplified given lower levels of liquidity. Both crude oil and copper pulled back slightly.

Still, futures tracking Wall Street remain in the green before European hours. A ‘risk-on’ tone may continue benefiting WTI and copper prices as the US Dollar is pressured. Eurozone GDP data and German sentiment are on tap. Fed speak from members Esther George and Robert Kaplan are also due. They are expected to talk about the economy and outlook. 

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