The current week begins with US jobs data and central bank chiefs’ speeches leading the way in financial market movements. As for the cryptocurrency market, Sam Bankman Fried, founder of the FTX platform, will speak this week. His speech will be of particular importance as it is the first appearance in the press since the collapse of the platform. The focus in Asia will be on Chinese data, especially considering the exacerbation of the Corona crisis and the continuation in the implementation of the strict policy to curb the spread of Covid-19. In Europe, inflation data dominated the situation during the week and the markets are waiting for more clarity on the peak of the price hike.
Gold prices fell today / Monday, November 28, after the dollar rose due to the rise in the demand for a safe haven sparked by the protests in many Chinese cities against the strict restrictions to combat the Corona virus. The price of gold in spot transactions fell 0.4% to 1749 dollars an ounce.
The performance of Wall Street indices varied at the close of trading today, Friday, November 25, in a brief session after the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. The Dow Jones index rose by 0.45%, or by 152.97 points, to 34347 points, which is the third consecutive gain for the index.
On the other hand, the S&P 500 index fell by 0.03% to 4026.12 points, and the Nasdaq index fell by 0.52% to 11226.36 points.
Dollar index (USDX)
The dollar rose broadly on Monday as protests over COVID-19 restrictions in China fueled uncertainty and weighed on sentiment, sending the yuan lower. As a result, the jittery investors turned to the safe-haven dollar.
The dollar index fell against a basket of currencies 0.08 percent to 106.25, but without falling to its lowest level in three months at 105.30.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is scheduled to deliver a speech on the outlook for the US economy and labor market at an event at the Brookings Institution on Wednesday, which is likely to give more clues to the outlook for US monetary policy.
Pivot point: 105.95
British Pound (GBPUSD)
The pound sterling fell 0.24 percent to 1.2060 dollars, due to the rise in the US dollar, which investors go to as a safe asset again.
Technically, the Pound is trading below its pivot point at 1.2085, reaching 1.2025, from the beginning of today’s session until this moment, and the conflicting technical readings confirm the vagueness of the markets, waiting for more data to take a direction.
Pivot point: 1.2085
Spot Gold (XAUUSD)
Gold prices fell today / Monday, November 28, after the dollar rose due to the increase in demand on the safe haven sparked by protests in many Chinese cities over the strict restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the Corona virus.
The spot gold price fell 0.4% to $1,749 an ounce, and US gold futures fell 0.2% to $1,749.90.
The dollar index rose 0.4%, making US dollar-denominated bullion more expensive for buyers who hold other currencies.
Indeed, gold prices are closely following the movements of the US dollar, reaching $1745 an ounce this morning, before returning around its pivot point at $1754.
Pivot point: 1,754
US Crude (USOUSD)
Oil futures settled lower on Friday, November 25, and ended last week with a decline of around 5%, the third consecutive weekly decline.
Crude oil prices fell sharply in November. This sharp fall is partly attributed to disappointment over China’s continuing restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The country, one of the world’s largest energy consumers, continued to impose restrictions aimed at containing the spread of the virus.
Europe is preparing for a difficult winter due to rising energy costs, and while oil prices have fallen below pre-war levels, natural gas prices are still high and could tip the eurozone economy into recession, according to the European Commission.
A press report also stated that high-ranking European officials accused the United States of profiting from the Russian-Ukrainian war at a time when Europe was suffering.
According to statements to Politico, officials confirmed that US President Joe Biden’s administration is making a fortune from the war between Moscow and Kiev, while European countries are suffering.
Pivot point: 77.45