CRB index remains very bearish

crb daily chartAnother bad week for commodities in general with the CRB index reflecting the bearish sentiment currently in place across the complex. This weakness was triggered on Friday at the conclusion of the Jackson Hole summit, with the statement from Fed Chair Yellen delivering a hawkish tone and the US dollar duly responding, and continuing through into this weeks price action. The more hawkish tone was not entirely unexpected, given the run up to the release with various Fed members alluding to a rate hike at the forthcoming September meeting. Friday’s candle duly closed with a very deep wick to the upper body, testing the 189 area before closing back near the open of the session at 187.

The index then opened gapped down on Monday just below 186, before Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday followed through with wide spread down candles, and moving to test potential support in the 178 area on the daily chart. Much of course will depend on the reaction to the NFP data later today, and markets also prepare for the FED meeting later in the month, with every release now scrutinised for validation of Janet Yellen’s Jackson Hole statement. That said, and given the Fed’s ability to backtrack, nothing is certain, and it would be no surprise to see further sitting on the fence and a rerun of last years face saving.

By Anna Coulling

Charts from Reuters/Metastock

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2 Comments on CRB index remains very bearish

  1. I believe the recent VPA of the ETF DBA supports your bearish perspective on commodities. As DBA is focused on agriculturals, it only provides a limited glimpse into the world of commodities. However I find it useful as it provides volume data. I borrowed this approach from your suggestion to use MUB to get a VPA grasp on the bond market.

    • Hi Chris – many thanks for taking time to write and delighted you have adapted VPA to give you a grasp on bonds. It has certainly been an interesting morning for commodities with oil spiking higher on the Russia/Saudi comments. On the reverse we have copper which continues to remain very bearish indeed, with traditional supply and demand driving price action there, so a contrast of fundamentals, news and comments and price discovery all playing out in the commodities markets this morning, and not forgetting the US dollar in the mix! Thanks once again and wishing you every success – regards Anna

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