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Gold consolidated after the gains of last week when gold rose 0.25% from $1324/oz to $1328.80/oz. Indeed, it was gold’s second consecutive weekly higher close which is bullish from a technical perspective. Markets being sentiment and momentum driven this could mean the recent correction is over as technical driven traders are likely to take signal from this and go long gold.

"Global Market Rout" - Bond Selloff Snowballs Into Stock Liquidations On "Stimulus Pullback" Fears

With traders in the US arriving at their desks, the global selling appears to be accelerating and as Bloomberg notes, "a selloff in fixed income is starting to snowball into a global market rout" driven by what Reuters dubbed "growing concerns that global central banks' commitment to the post-crisis orthodoxy of super-low interest rates and asset purchase programs may be waning."

Oil Markets Brace As U.S. Looks To Sell 100 Million Barrels From SPR

Aging infrastructure could render the U.S. strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) increasingly ineffective, according to a new report from the Department of Energy. In 2015, Congress authorized the DOE to sell $2 billion worth of oil from the SPR between 2017 and 2020 and use the proceeds to make infrastructure upgrades.

With All Eyes On The ECB, Catatonic Global Markets Remain In State Of Near Paralysis

As the market's comatose trading range continues with no notable moves for nearly 40 consecutive days, there is some hope volatility may return after today's main event, the ECB's announcement due in just two hours, when Mario Draghi may surprise the market in either direction. As of today, the S&P500 has held in a band of 1.5% for 39 days, the narrowest ever for that length of time.

Global Oil Demand Set To Tumble As China Cracks Down On Teapot Refiners

Purchases by the China's teapot refiners, granted permission last year to buy foreign crude, have soaked up some of the global oil glut over the past years. However, blistering crude oil demand from teapots may be about to hit a brick wall as a government tax crackdown threatens to constrain this new source of demand from China.

China Releases Secret Data On Crude Oil Inventories

China is bothering energy analysts and investors. It’s bothering them because it has been on a buying spree for crude in the last two years but nobody knows for sure how much of it the world’s second-largest consumer of oil has stashed away in strategic and commercial tanks.

Traders Return From Vacation To Find S&P Futures Flat, Oil And Dollar Lower, Amid Flurry Of M&A

The return from summer holidays has started in much the same way as we left off August, with another subdued session that has seen European stocks little changed, Asian shares advance and S&P futures are modestly in the green amid a flurry of M&A. The US dollar weakened, with the Bloomberg Dollar Index down 0.2% for the 2nd day in a row as prospects for a U.S. interest-rate hike this month remained subdued.

Art Berman: Oil Is Heading Lower Near-Term Before "Economically-Crippling Moon-Shot"

"We're in a cycle of lower prices for some time to come (months or even years) certainly until we work through the inventory overhang of 140 million barrels. There really no justification in history or logic for a return to oil prices of $60 or $70/bbl... But we're deferring investments in proven reserves... So, there is going to be a time, no matter how weak the economy is, no matter how much we can't change this, we're going to end up with insufficient to meet our most basic, fundamental transport and manufacturing needs. When that happens, we'll see a moon-shot in oil prices."

August Payrolls Loom: Futures Flat, Dollar Rises, Treasuries Slip

The much anticipated payrolls day, expected to provide at least some more clarity on future Fed policy, has arrived and heading into today's report both price action and newsflow has been muted. U.S. equity index futures were fractionally higher, as European stocks rise 0.6% while Asia was flat. Gold fell as the dollar rose, while comments by Vladimir Putin which endorsed an OPEC oil production freeze while granting Iran an exemption, have pushed oil higher.

Global Stocks Rise, Metals Jump On Strong Chinese Data; Pound Surges On Record UK Mfg Spike

After a muted end to August, September started off on the strong foot overnight following a surprising beat in China's official manufacturing PMI print, which rose above 50 to the highest level in almost two years. That, together with a record rebound in the UK PMI, bolstered investor confidence, fueling gains in stocks and industrial metals. The dollar advanced against most of its peers while bonds retreated before Friday’s payrolls report.

A Chinese "Mystery" Has Become The Biggest Wildcard For The Price Of Oil

As attention turns to what is now the biggest wildcard in global oil demand, one which could directly lead to the evaporation of up to 1 mmbpd in demand, Bloomberg writes that "the world is puzzling" over China's Strategic Oil Reserve, and with good reason:  if 1mm barrels of oil demand were to disappear, the price of oil would plunge as the already oversupplied market would find itself with an unprecedented glut of excess production.