RJO FuturesCast

May 29, 2020 | Volume 14, Issue 22

The Markets

Metals - Gold Needs a New High

August gold has seen a sideways trend but giving investors and traders alike some excitement along the way. All of the noise out in the market regarding the precious metal has everyone paying attention, even if it’s a glance. Silver seems to be stealing the show as it’s trading more in a position of strength than its cousin gold. Having said that, this is about golds lackluster performance over the past several months, not silver’s recent strength. If we look at how gold is trading right now, it’s clear that a break above the recent highs is necessary for a bullish case to continue to be the picture investors are painting. I agree with many points I hear from tensions with China (even today with the Trump/Xi pressers) to the endless fed money printing. Great depression levels of unemployment and GDP that’s likely to take a while to recover.

To be clear, it’s a sideways trending market not a bull market. When August gold breaks above $1790, this is the sign to be bullish in my opinion. This is more about the technical to me than it is fundamentals. I could make a case for gold to be up or down, but technical will direct me to the latter unless something changes there. Gold has much strength this morning with equities sharply lower, and gold up $20 hovering around $1750. It may seem like a great time to buy but remember that this is not the first-time gold has seen this trade higher only to reverse and dip below $1700 before again recovering.

Gold Aug '20 Daily Chart
Metals - Silver Riding The Economic Optimism

Front month July silver is up 40-cents on the day to 18.36 at the time of this writing. In my opinion, there are two main factors driving silver. One is the optimism on re-opening the economy, and the other is the tension between U.S. and China over Hong Kong. As you can see the chart below, silver is continuing to outperform gold on recovery bounce. Silver posted positive price action and is looking to close up for the week yet again. All this optimism is good. Silver still has to contend with deflationary type of fear down the road as the Fed is pushing rates into negative territory where they will probably stay for a while.

From technical prospective, the weekly chart in silver is looking to continue to make new highs. In my view,silver will see 20.00 dollar before it sees 15.00. In other words, the drive will likely have silver go higher before any major corrective price action.

Gold/Silver Ratio Daily Chart

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Energy - OPEC+ Meeting Nearby

Crude oil inventories rose by nearly 8.7 million barrels along with along with gasoline and distillate stocks, according to API data. EIA numbers will be watched for any unanticipated build ups. It should also be noted that with crude trading above $30.00, U.S. producers should be at or past break even now. Traders will be watching if this will motivate producers to supply more to the market in the coming weeks, along with the early June OPEC+ meeting. The last joint production cut by the group was done in response to the demand decimation caused by the pandemic, now that global cities have begun re-opening it will be closely watched  to see if they will continue down the path of voluntary cuts. It should also be noted that although for the most part API and EIA data may be priced in to the crude options market, the OPEC+ meeting is causing higher implied volatility in the June and July contracts. This expansion is usually related to the underlying asset and uncertainty related to the asset.

July crude had a short-term bearish signal as momentum indicators started trending lower, the contract has support at $32.50. This level will need to hold but if sellers step in we can see a move lower to test the $32.00 dollar level. Traders will need to watch the $33.00 dollar level as this resistance will need to be broke, in order to see a leg higher to the $34.00 level. These price objectives will serve as a benchmark while we wait for data from a fundamentals stand point to support price levels.

Crude Oil Jul '20 60 Min Chart
Softs - A Bull Case Building in Cocoa

July ’20 cocoa futures start the day under pressure but respecting 2400 as an area of support. Prices have been volatile with demand sentiment swinging back and forth in the near term as global economies seek confidence for successful reopening. Regularly flaring tensions between the U.S. and China continue weighing upon near term demand from both regions. Although, the phased lifting of social distancing restrictions in many parts of the U.S. is longer term bullish. Gains in the euro offer strong positive influence upon this market as well. Fundamentally demand should begin returning as lockdowns lift, people go back to work, and life begins returning to some sense of normal. Supply is under continued weather pressure with extended dry growing conditions which supports a big picture bullish case. Looking at the weekly charts Jul ’20 cocoa has been hovering about the 2400 level in consolidation, with 2403 appearing to be resistance from early march. My analysis suggests a clean break above the price area would signal on oncoming bull run in cocoa. Strong volatility is to be expected in the near-future until the trend becomes decided. Pull backs could become bullish opportunities, unless there is a major bearish shift in fundamentals.

Cocoa Jul '20 Daily Chart
Agricultural - Grain Futures Update w/Stephen Davis - 05/29/2020

Steven Davis discusses the latest news coming out of the grain markets. With the U.S. economy slowly opening we could see things start to pick up shortly

Agricultural - Live Cattle Being Harvested Faster Than Expected

June cattle finished higher on the day yesterday and closed at its highest level since March 6th. The short supply in the near-term market is helping to support a choppy cash trade with a range of $110-$120. Although last week’s Cattle on Feed report was bullish for the market in the near-term, traders are seeing weakness in the cash market in the coming months. The placement number from last week’s report, showing a 22% decrease from last year, may represent a good portion of the “disappearance” number. Calves were not put on feed, but instead have been put on other outside feeding programs like grass fed. Currently the supply is still tight but keeping track of the slaughter numbers is key going forward because cattle are being harvested at a much faster rate than expected. We could expect low numbers this week because of the holiday, but going into June and further into summer, expect those number to come back quickly.

The USDA estimated cattle slaughter came in at 110,000 head yesterday. This brings the total for the week so far to 220,000, down from 294,000 last week, and down from 248,000 a year ago. The USDA boxed beef cutout was down $5.92 at mid-session yesterday and closed $7.72 lower at $377.77. This was down from $409.47 the previous week and was the lowest the cutout had been since May 1. The cutout has fallen for ten straight sessions and has declined $97.62 or 21% off of its high from May 12.

Liv Cattle Jun '20 Daily Chart
Currency - Euro Propped to Take Off

Euro prices are increasing at an exponential rate on the daily chart, signaling that it’s headed significantly higher, and there are several reasons to back this. The European Central Bank is soon to unroll an expansive stimulus package worth 750 billion euros. While this is seen to undoubtedly bolster the European economy, the fact that the stimulus package, compared to the United States’ several trillion dollar package and Japan’s trillion dollar package, it is far less expensive than other major countries’ packages, which will pay dividends into the near future as the Euro’s overall value will become stronger through less dilution. On top of this, the United States, the EU’s top trade partner amassing 615 billion euros in 2019, is beginning to open its economy once again, signaling increased trade between the two powerhouse economies. Between the EU’s expansive, but relatively modest stimulus package, increased economic activity, alongside a sound technical basis, euro futures seem highly likely to increase past 1.122. 

Euro Fx Jun '20 Daily Chart
Equity - Stocks Down, Await News on China

U.S. stock futures are down this morning as investors await an address from President Trump on increased tensions between the U.S. and China which some have characterized as “Cold War” status. Losses from Thursday continued this morning, the final trading session of May, with the DJIA trading over 100 pts lower. Today’s untimed address was announced after a joint statement from the U.S., UK, Canada, and Australia condemned Beijing’s national security laws on Hong Kong. The National People’s Congress, China’s parliament, passed legislation that could greatly reduce democratic freedoms in that semiautonomous city. All this follows Trump’s efforts to pass legislation delisting some Chinese corporations from the U.S. exchanges. Also today, The University of Michigan released its highly regarded consumer sentiment survey. This index, a measurement of consumer attitudes on the business climate and spending, rose to 72.3 up from 71.8 in April which is sharply down from the 100.0 level a year ago.

Support today is 252700 and 229500 with resistance showing 284500 and 293000.

E-mini S&P 500 Jun '20 Daily Chart
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