Precious Metals

Qatarstrophe Sends Gold Near Post-Election Highs As Crude Tests 2017 Lows

With Treasury yields at their lowest since the election, it appears a shift towards safe-havens (or Trumpflation unwinds) is well underway. Gold is nearing $1300 this morning - its highest since the election. WTI Crude has sunk back to a $47 handle, ignoring dollar weakness as the Qatarstrophe raises more doubts about OPEC coordination.

Frontrunning: June 6

  • Kuwait’s Emir Moves to Mediate Saudi-Qatar Crisis (BBG)
  • Qatari riyal under pressure as Saudi, UAE banks delay Qatar deals (Reuters)
  • Qatar's dispute with Arab states puts LNG market on edge (Reuters)
  • Trump seeks legislative wins as clock ticks, Russia probe looms (Reuters)
  • Democrats aim to turn anti-Trump sentiment into votes in Virginia (Reuters)

Bitcoin Soars Back Towards Record Highs

Despite no specific catalyst, except perhaps some flight to safety seen also seen in precious metals post-Qatar-chaos, the price of Bitcoin is surging once again back towards its record highs.

Qatar Crashes In Escalating Gulf Crisis; Oil Fails To Rebound As Global Stocks Dip

S&P futures point to a slightly lower open ahead of today's US non-mfg ISM and Service PMI data. European shares fall, while Asian shares are little changed. Several European countries are closed for Whit Monday leading to subdued trading. Following the latest unexpected Gulf Crisis overnight, in which Gulf nations cut all diplomatic relations with Qatar amid stunning allegations of funding terrorism, oil spiked but has since pared almost all gains.