Oil Prices as a Barometer of Energy Demand and Growth

Oil Prices as a Barometer of Energy Demand and Growth

Let’s check the situation in the market — a gauge of global energy demand and growth in oil prices. The oil prices are remaining nearly a fifth lower than they were before the outbreak.

With the krone shedding 5% this year and the loonie hitting a four-month low on Monday, the currencies of oil exporters such as Canada and Norway have been hammered.

On Wednesday, the tourism-sensitive Thai baht rose. Nevertheless, yesterday, it was down 4% for the year, as was the Australian dollar. The Aussie briefly touched a decade-low this week.

In Europe, there are recession fears. It dragged the euro to a four-month low overnight. Nevertheless, it has since recovered by about 0.2% to $1.0916. After fourth-quarter growth beat sluggish forecasts, the pound sat at its highest in a week.

Steve Englander is head of global G10 FX research at Standard Chartered. He said that the main impact of coronavirus is growing in Europe.

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The euro started the year with low growth. The European Central Bank is mostly out of policy options. Thus, the EUR/USD could head towards the $1.04/05 lows of the European debt crisis.

Oil prOil Pricesices are remaining nearly a fifth lower than they were before the outbreak.

The central bank removed the chances of a rate cut from its forward projections. Thus, the New Zealand dollar jumped 0.8% to $0.6462. It is the sharpest rise in two months.

The situation is forecasting a short hit from the coronavirus. Moreover, it predicted national growth would pick up in the second half.

Imre Speizer is a Westpac FX analyst. He said easing bias is gone, and they are back to neutral. That is the most unambiguous indication the easing cycle is most probably over unless a deep hit from the coronavirus prompts a change of heart.

It is the situation in the market.

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