Gold has at last successfully passed the psychological mark of $1800 per troy ounce, closing Wednesday's trading at almost $1810/toz. With this effort gold prices confirmed, once again, the scenario with a gradual rise, similar to the dynamics of the bullion immediately after the financial crisis that occurred more than ten years ago.
The apparent technical similarity of these two post-crisis paths for gold assets became visible at the end of May. The following picture, illustrates the parallels between gold spot charts in 2018-2020 vs post Global Financial Crisis time.
Markets found themselves in a lack of any hints to move higher today. There is just a set of the US Federal Reserve (Fed) speakers due to talk later on on Tuesday, including Raphael Bostic, Randal Quarles, Mary Daly and Thomas Barkin. But the Fed's plans for its quantitative easing (QE) program and forward guidance looks clear and extremely stimulative, so it may not be easy for the markets to pinpoint any new ideas from the words of the U.S. monetary committee members.
Today's refreshing morning round of the global shares rally shows again that the majority of the investment community is still ready to bet on a strong world economic recovery. Chinese stock indexes are showing evidence that many people are betting on China's revival as being a very important driver of the whole process.
China was the first well-known state with the outbreak of the COVID-19, but it has managed to drastically contain it before the rest of the world was contaminated. Last Friday the Chinese Caixin services Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) recorded a new 58.
The stocks of most New York and global issuers rose in value again, like a cat just trying to climb a higher twig of the same tree at the sight of danger somewhere below. Wall Street gains as risks of major reserve currencies' depreciation and fresh positive macroeconomic data is overshadowing worries of renewed lockdowns steps that may follow a record surge in more than 51,000 daily, nationwide coronavirus cases in the United States which were officially detected on July 1.
The windstorm hadn't even started yesterday as the charts of all global indexes slowly straightened up from their crouch week's opening position. However, the stresses of market weather are still possible, although June is threatening to end with a rare fine and calm view. Any day free from turbulence just helps to continue this strange "coronatennis" game with mixed results and many game points for both of the parties. It will be a hard challenge for the markets to get to the end of the set soon, let alone the end of the entire match, in this quasi-Wimbledon.
As many EU officials, including the European Central Bank's frontwomen Christine Lagarde, are deliberately articulating thoughts that the peak of the COVID-19 crisis on the continent may already be behind us, a sharp increase in the number of newly detected carriers was reported last Friday and over the weekend in several U.S. states.
Stock markets are still in a mixed mood today. All major European indexes opened slightly lower, but quickly recovered by midday thanks to a high close on Thursday. Wall Street’s S&P500 and Nasdaq indexes even turned positive before the end of yesterday's session, as last moment gains in the financial and energy sectors allowed them to overtake some early losses. It happened just a day after New York assets posted their worst corrective day in two weeks.
Gold prices have made another attempt to rise, reaching a new high of the year just a little below $1,780 per troy ounce (toz) on Wednesday. But the American trading session was rather confusing for the yellow metal as it brought prices back to the level of $1760/toz, which is almost $5/toz below the peak of May 18.
Thus, a contradictory technical picture was formed, when gold prices finished to draw a bearish pin bar candlestick as a result of yesterday's trading.
The so-called "big five" FAANG names, i.e. Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google, are storming a new hill again. The US high-tech Nasdaq composite index rose to a new never-seen-before level of 10,200.
Apple Co shares ended yesterday's trading day in New York at $358.87, which is the new all-time highest closing price. During its Worldwide Developers Conference 2020, which started on Monday, the Cupertino-based company widely announced its expected plans to produce Mac computers using Apple's own processors as soon as this year, moving away from Intel’s chips.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported a total of 180,874 new official infection cases worldwide, based on the results from Friday, June 19, which is the absolute daily record since the beginning of the pandemic. The next day, another 156,922 detected cases were added, which could also be a record by previous standards if Friday's data is excluded.
The most frustrating statistics were seen in U.S. nationwide figures, as they exceeded 33,000 cases two days in a row.