RJO FuturesCast

June 19, 2020 | Volume 14, Issue 25

The Markets

Metals - Will Gold Test $1,800 to $2,000 an Ounce

In the early morning trade, the shiny one is up towards the weekly highs again and trying to break out and above the $1,755 resistance level. While Morgan Stanley announced that investors might scale back in buying gold for “fear based” reasons as the economy continues to recover from the Coronavirus lockdowns; however, they also extended their prices up between $1,800 to $2,000 a troy ounce which may have helped gold pop off its overnight lows. Also, with Coronavirus cases spiking in the South west like Florida it could keep many “fear based” investors/traders alike to stay long gold. Lastly, after over 40 million Americans were just laid off in the past few months and the amount of stimulus that was used along with the amount of US debt added to try and stimulate the US economy, one can’t help to think these are reasonable gold price speculations.

If you look at a daily August gold chart, you’ll clearly see that gold is still in a strong uptrend as long as it stay above this week’s low and if so, are prone to rally and test those levels mention above.

Gold Aug '20 Daily Chart
Metals - Silver Under Pressure

Silver has been under pressure after a strong rally and looks to be taking a breather. The precious metals market as a whole has benefited from the uncertainty due to the pandemic and the feds ‘Range of tools’ that have been in play. In the long-term, we can expect the market to possibly be even more resilient than gold due to its spec positioning and real rates on U.S. economic growth. Funds may take larger positions as the CME reduced its futures margin by nearly $1000, more than 30 million remain unemployed and this leaves a solid foundation of safe haven support which may also help fuel traders to get involved in an attempt for another leg higher. This fear-based demand should help weigh on economic optimism and in the short term silver and other precious metals will continue to have much volatility, lots of fluctuations, and be dependent on COVID cases and the feds assessment of its full range of tools.

July silver is set-up somewhat in a neutral zone which may cause price fluctuations. Silver has support at $17.50 and again at $17.75, these levels have been bought up in the past by traders. These levels will need to be held in order to see a re-test of the $17.90 and $18.00 dollar levels. A close in-between may cause further defensive posture within the metal.

Silver Jul '20 Daily Chart
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Energy - Oil Leading Reflation Ramp Up

Oil has continued to extend higher leading the reflation ramp up, hovering just above $40 a barrel as the market attempts to digest supply and demand prospects. Renewed concerns regarding an uptick in corona cases in Beijing and parts of the US have weighed on sentiment as well as recent reports that Indian crude oil imports fell to its lowest since 2014 last month. This has been buffered by a record output cut by OPEC plus cutting nearly 10 million barrels a day or nearly 10% of output since May 1. OPEC’s joint ministerial monitoring stated on Thursday that compliance was near 87% for the month of May, reiterating cuts are continuing through July with noncompliant countries retroactively responsible for any missed targets. Weekly inventories for US stockpiles rose for the second consecutive week, however, inventories of gasoline and distillates fell, indicating improving demand. To note, Brent moved into backwardation on Thursday for the first time since March, which typically indicates tightening supply and increasing storage withdrawal. Oil volatility (OVX) remains highly elevated with the market now transitioning to neutral trend with today’s range seen between 35.67 – 41.25.

Crude Oil Aug '20 Daily Chart
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Softs - Coronavirus Continues to Weaken Demand for Cocoa/Chocolate

Cocoa futures have been one of the commodities has that been a good indicator of where people are at as far as getting back to “normal.” Chocolate companies have suffered as lockdowns and closures have slowed demand for cocoa. As “entertainment” activities are no longer part of everyone’s routine, goods like chocolate are not being sold at big venues (concerts, sporting events, shows) and people have moved their expenses from luxury purchases to necessities with all the unknowns in our current world.

Before this recent move lower, September cocoa had consolidated and been somewhat range bound as states and countries attempted to reopen. As cases of covid-19 start to climb in certain areas that have reopened, the markets are starting to move lower again, reflecting the current mindset of consumers. It appears this could be a longer-term trend in cocoa, possible 6 months to a year out.

Technically, the bottom appears to be around 2210, this will be tested in the coming weeks if no changes occur to the demand for cocoa.

Cocoa Sep '20 Daily Chart
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Softs - Coffee Shops and Social Distancing

The slow but sure re-opening of the world economy has the prices of September coffee futures quite confused at the minute. You have a strong stock market bouncing back due to reopening and continued massive support from the Fed, weighed directly against the promise of continued new COVID 19 cases that have the US and China slowing things down until we can see a clear impact. As many prepare to return to work, shopping and dining outside of their homes, the current weak demand must show some promise for September coffee prices to find support. Many restaurants and coffee shops that have managed to remain solvent (quite remarkably), while complying with social distancing guidelines will continue to suffer until they can enjoy doing business at 100% capacity.  Until then, with a sizeable Brazilian crop on the horizon and continued uncertainty of demand, coffee prices will likely continue lower.

From a technical perspective, a clear and violent violation of the 105 level to the downside (see daily chart attached) may see a pull back to that level before a continued selloff. While these massive swings in coffee prices continue, with questionable demand on the horizon, many traders may benefit from either being short or staying in cash for the time being.

Coffee Sep '20 Daily Chart
Agricultural - Corn Treads On

Corn futures rose slightly in the North American session, the commodity was sent to Mexico as the top international destination. Although shipments to China have slowed, they still totaled 2.6 million bushels, one of the highest weekly export volumes. Despite this uptick China still remains sluggish with purchases that were agreed to with Phase 1 commitments. It should also be noted that the lack of significant weather has been seen as a bearish force for the corn market. According to recent data, traders are holding over 300,000 net short contracts. The downside will be limited until there is more certainty with reports on upcoming crops. Eventually, traders will be watching to see if the higher prices in china could help support U.S. prices if there is more active buying.

July corn has been in an overall uptrend making higher highs and higher lows within the price action of the contract. The contract has significant support at the $322 level as well as the $325 level. The contract will need to hold these levels to see another leg higher and re-test of the $333 resistance. A break of this level may spark some short covering and a test of $335 may be next up.

Corn Jul '20 Daily Chart
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Agricultural - Grain Futures Update w/Stephen Davis - 06/19/2020
Stephen Davis discusses this week's movement in the grain markets. We are anxiously awaiting the June 30th acreage report as it will heavily dictate the outlook of the grain market.
Currency - U.S. Dollar Index Observes Upside Correction

September U.S. dollar futures are mildly red this morning, down about 10 points from the open. Upward price action over the last 8 sessions is not surprising following the landslide move lower. During the worst of the pandemic, the greenback was rangebound between 98 and 101. The index will likely find resistance at the low end of that channel going forward. The story hasn’t changed. The Fed’s “do whatever it takes” attitude has continued to provide market liquidity, which will weaken the U.S. currency unless it takes on a safe-haven characteristic. When risk sentiment is positive, the dollar will continue to have a negative bias. However, this upside correction may continue through the 98 level. When the dollar inevitably breaks down, the European currencies (most notably the Euro) are likely to catch big moves to the upside. Emerging markets currencies are likely to perform as well, especially if we see commodity prices move higher. Often, a currency is supported when the commodities produced in that country see price inflation.

USD Sep '20 Daily Chart

Interest Rates - All Eyes on September 10-year Note

The September 10-year note recovered after last week’s failure of support, although bonds have recovered to an area of credible levels. The feds strategy of avoiding inflation expectations slipping has proved to be a bullish factor. Another thing traders will be watching for is continued bullishness in the rollout of massive fiscal stimulus programs worldwide. The guidance that was given at the latest FOMC meeting further indicates more market volatility in the near future, as their forecasting of the trajectory of the economy and federal funds rate tend to be an indicator of this. The focus moving forward will be the September 10-year note and how it will trade given the feds ‘Range of Tools’ in play to counter the pandemic. The feds report came two days after the central bank kept its benchmark at a record low through 2022.

10-year, September contract has support 138’150 that it has bounced off before in the short term. If this level fails we can see a quick re-test of 138’120 which has been greater support in the past. If these levels hold we may get a test of resistance at 138’200, a break of this we may test a greater point of resistance at 138’225.

10-yr Note Sep '20 Daily Chart
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Equity - Stocks Ripping in Early Going

All four indices are up decisively to kick things off this morning.  The S&P, Dow, Nasdaq, and Russell are all up over one percent in the wake of the open. News of a secret meeting between China and the U.S. in Hawaii to discuss trade has been received as a positive development and is driving markets higher. On the flip side of the China news, cases of coronavirus continue to spike as states reopen and availability of testing increases.  The cases number seems to be a point of contention for market participants. Some see the spike in positive tests as an extremely bearish development. If reopening local economies is going to lead to more people getting sick, then perhaps the lockdowns should continue. On the other hand, some seem not to care too much about the number of positive tests as much as they do about hospitalizations and death counts. I’m not entirely sure who is right, but the market seems to be more worried about the latter.

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