Stocks Remain Under Pressure Ahead Of The Weekend

S&P 500 futures are losing ground in premarket trading as traders remain cautious ahead of Fed Interest Rate Decision which will be released on September 22.

Yesterday, Retail Sales and Continuing Jobless Claims reports exceeded analyst expectations and raised worries that Fed will soon announce the reduction of its asset purchase program.

Today, traders will have a chance to take a look at Michigan Consumer Sentiment report for September. Analysts expect that Consumer Sentiment increased from 70.3 in August to 72 in September.

Gold Tries To Rebound After Yesterday’s Sell-Off
Gold failed to settle below the support level at $1750 and is trying to rebound while the U.S. dollar is losing some ground against a broad basket of currencies.

Yesterday, gold gained strong downside momentum after it managed to get below the support at $1775. Not surprisingly, gold mining stocks found themselves under strong pressure and moved closer to yearly lows.

It remains to be seen whether traders will be ready to buy gold mining stocks today as the current rebound in the gold market is not strong, and gold may lose momentum in case U.S. dollar gains some ground or Treasury yields move closer to recent highs.

WTI Oil Failed To Settle Below The $72 Level
WTI oil has recently made another attempt to settle below the $72 level but failed to develop sufficient downside momentum. Oil found itself under pressure after the recent rally, but it looks that many traders were ready to buy oil on pullback.

The number of new daily coronavirus cases in the world is trending down which is bullish for oil. In addition, U.S. domestic oil production has not fully recovered from hurricane-related damage. Recent spikes in natural gas prices in Europe have also boosted traders’ enthusiasm. In this environment, WTI oil has good chances to get back to recent highs.

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