EUR/USD has extended its slide toward 1.0850 in the American session. Profit-taking ahead of the weekend and the negative shift witnessed in risk sentiment seems to be helping the US Dollar gather strength against its rivals, weighing on the pair.
GBP/USD is having a difficult time gathering recovery momentum and trading in negative territory below 1.2400 on Friday. Although the data from the US showed that PCE inflation continued to soften in December, the US Dollar holds its ground heading into the weekend.
Gold price has lost its traction and declined below $1,930 during the American trading hours. The benchmark 10-year US Treasury bond yield clings to modest daily gains above 3.5% ahead of the weekend, not allowing XAU/USD to gain traction.
AAVE, MATIC and DYDX price rallied alongside large market capitalization cryptocurrencies Bitcoin and Ethereum in January. Experts at the crypto intelligence tracker Santiment believe the recent spike in activity by whales on these networks needs to be watched closely.
Inflation in the US, as measured by the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Price Index, declined to 5% on a yearly basis in December from 5.5% in November, the US Bureau of Economic Analysis reported on Friday.
Brent Oil (or Brent Crude) is a major trading classification of sweet light crude oil that serves as a major benchmark price for purchases of oil worldwide. It is extracted from the North Sea. Brent oil contracts in the ICE (Intercontinental Exchange) are quoted in US dollars. It is the benchmark used primarily in Europe though it is also mixed in with the OPEC Reference Basket which is used around the world. Brent blend makes up more than half of the world's globally traded supply of crude oil. Crude oil is the highest volume contract that is traded worldwide for a physical commodity.
USD/CAD, AUD/USD and NZD/USD are called “commodity pairs” because they are highly correlated to commodity (especially oil) fluctuations.
When making trading decisions in the commodity pairs, it might be a good idea to take a look at the correlated commodities because it can help to predict future up or down movements.
HISTORIC HIGHS AND LOWS FOR BRENT OIL
All-time records: Max:147.27 on 07/07/2008 - Min: 9.75 on 31/03/1986
Last 5 years: Max:86.71 on 03/10/2018 - Min: 26.08 on 11/02/2016
* Data as of February 2020
ASSETS THAT INFLUENCE BRENT OIL THE MOST
Commodities: Natural Gas.
Bonds: T-Bond (Treasury bond is a marketable, fixed-interest U.S. government debt security).
Indices: BRENT Index (the cash settlement price for the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) Brent Future based on ICE Futures Brent index at expiry) and WTI (West Texas Intermediate is a grade of crude oil used as a benchmark in oil pricing, the underlying commodity of NYMEX's oil futures contracts).
ORGANIZATIONS, PEOPLE AND ECONOMIC DATA THAT INFLUENCE BRENT OIL
Weekly crude inventories (that represent the supply of oil) are very closely watched by traders, in particular those reported by the EIA (Energy Information Administration) and the API (American Petroleum Institute).
On the other hand, an important indicator of underlying oil demand growth is the world GDP growth rates (in periods of recession, the consumption of oil tends to fall).
On how supply (inventories) and demand affect the price of oil, we recommend you to watch this short video.
In terms of influent people and organizations for the brent oil, we highlight:
Mike Sommers is the 15th chief executive of the American Petroleum Institute (API) since its founding. API is the largest national trade association representing all aspects of America's oil and natural gas industry. Before being named API's president and CEO, Sommers led the American Investment Council, a trade association representing many of the nation's leading private equity and growth capital firms and other business partners.
Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, OPEC’s Secretary General since August 2016. He previously served as Acting Secretary General in 2006, represented Nigeria on OPEC's Economic Commission Board during 1993–2008, led the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation during 2009–2010, and has headed Nigeria's technical delegation to UN climate negotiations since 1991. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is a permanent, intergovernmental Organization, created at the Baghdad Conference in 1960, by Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
US Oil & Gas Association, was founded in October 1917 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, following the United States’ entry into World War I. This trade association “promotes the well-being of the oil and natural gas industries in the United States”.
Vladimir Putin, who has served as the president of Russia since 2012, previously holding the position from 2000 until 2008.