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​Gold, natural gas and oil price rallies stall

​Recent bounces in the price of gold and Brent crude oil are losing upside momentum while natural gas prices remain subdued.

​​Gold rally runs out of steam along August-to-September downtrend line

Gold is rallying for its third straight session whilst trying to overcome a one-month downtrend line at $1,729 per troy ounce, so far to no avail, as Russia’s state-owned energy giant, Gazprom, suspended gas flows through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline indefinitely on Friday, leading to flight-to-safety flows into gold on European recession fears.

Despite the current rally, the gold price remains in a technical downtrend, defined by lower highs and lows, and trades around 4.5% lower than its August peak, having last week dropped to $1,689, close to its $1,681 July low, before rallying.

While the downtrend line caps on a daily chart closing basis, this support area may be revisited. Minor resistance above the downtrend line can be found between the $1,755 early August low and the last reaction high on the daily chart, that is to say at the 25 August high at $1,765.

Natural gas futures hover above Friday’s low

Natural gas futures' slide from their August high at $9.97, made close to the psychological $10 mark, has taken place within a short-term downtrend channel with these now trading back below the late May and June highs at $9.53 to $9.43 despite Gazprom cutting off the flow of gas through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline on Friday.

In the short-term the contract seems to be holding above Friday’s $8.63 low and while it continues to do so, a rise back towards the upper downtrend channel line at $9.14 may ensue this week.

A drop and daily chart close below Friday’s $8.63 low would most likely push the early August high and mid-August low at $8.47 to $8.39 to the fore.

Brent crude oil rally loses momentum

Brent crude oil’s bounce off Thursday’s $91.71 low, made within the $92.75 to $91.17 July to August support area, seems to have fizzled out at yesterday’s $96.66 high as traders weigh the impact of the modest 100,000 barrels a day output cut from October by OPEC+ and the potential for further action from the group.

This amounts to roughly 0.1% of global demand and won’t help much in dealing with macroeconomic headwinds.

A rise and daily chart close above $96.66 would likely put the 200-day simple moving average (SMA) at $99.05 back on the cards. This will remain a possibility while the significant $92.75 to $91.17 support area continues to underpin.

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