Weekly Market Recap – July 22, 2022

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Weekly Market Recap – July 22, 2022

The European Central Bank raised its three interest rates by half a percentage point. Mario Draghi resigned from his position as Italy’s prime minister. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, met with Vladimir Putin and issued a proclamation of support for Russia’s war on Ukraine. On Thursday, the White House announced that President Biden had tested positive for COVID-19 and was experiencing mild symptoms. The heat wave in Europe sent the temperature in London to 40.3℃ (104.5℉) for the first time in recorded history. In the U.S., extreme heat is affecting millions of Americans.

The monthly economic statistics released during the week were: existing home sales 5.12 million vs. 5.41 million, housing starts 1.56 million vs. 1.59 million, building permits 1.69 million vs. 1.70 million, the National Association of Home Builders’ index 55 vs. 67, and leading economic indicators -0.8% vs. -0.6%. Weekly stats were initial jobless claims at 251,000 vs. 244,000 and continuing claims at 1.38 million vs.1.33 million.

Stock markets recovered throughout the week. The three indices we monitor all regained levels not seen since early June. DJIA rose to 31.899.29, a 2.0% increase from the previous Friday. The S&P 500 went out at 3,961.63 (+2.5%), and the NASDAQ Composite ended at 11,834.11 (+3.3%). Volatility subsided as the CBOE VIX fell to 23.03 (-5.0%). In currencies, USD index futures closed at 106.621 (-1.2%). The commodity sector firmed a bit (+0.8%), as per the S&P GSCI, which finished at 663.45 at the week’s end.

All six metals futures on our radar improved. Settlement prices and weekly percentage increases were: gold at $1,727.40 (+1.4%), silver at $18.617 (+0.1%), platinum at $867.20 (+4.4%), palladium at $2,018.80 (+10.4%), copper at $3.3495 (+3.6%) and aluminum at $2,475.50 (+5.7%).

In energy markets, the futures we report here were mostly stronger for the week. Closing values and their respective movements were as follows: WTI crude at $94.70 per barrel (+0.0014%), Brent crude at $103.20 (+2.0%), heating oil at $3.4556 per gallon (-6.6%), RBOB gasoline at $3.2228 (+0.3%), NYMEX natural gas at $8.299 per MMBtu (+18.3%), and ICE TTF Dutch gas at €159.864 per MWh (+0.2%).

The directional movements of the nine agricultural futures we track were mixed, with five decreasing and four increasing. The contracts that lost value were: soybeans at $13.15¾ (-2.0%), corn at $5.64¼ (-6.5%), wheat at $7.59 (-2.3%), sugar at 17.89¢ (-7.1%) and cocoa at $2,297 (-1.0%). The gainers were: coffee at $2.0670), (+3.5%), cotton at 90.89¢ (+2.5%), live cattle at 137.375 (+1.8%), and lean hogs at 118.700 (+8.1%).


Futures Referenced in Market Recap

Exchange Commodity Contract Month
CME Live Cattle August
CME Lean Hogs August
CBT Soybeans November
CBT Corn December
CBT Wheat September
ICE Coffee September
ICE Cocoa September
ICE Sugar October
ICE Cotton December
ICE Brent Crude September
ICE Dutch TTF Gas August
ICE USD Index September
NYMEX WTI Crude September
NYMEX ULSD (Heating Oil) August
NYMEX RBOB (Gasoline) August
NYMEX Natural Gas August
NYMEX Platinum October
NYMEX Palladium September
COMEX Gold August
COMEX Silver September
COMEX Copper September
LME Aluminum 3 Mo. Forward


Current Standings​

2022 World Cup Championship of Futures Trading®
1 Marek Chrastina 209.7% Slovakia
2 Stefano Serafini 194.4% Italy
3 Frantz Gheller 139% Canada
4 Marco Vironda Gambin 134.8% Italy
5 Fabio Viazzo 108.2% Italy

January 1, 2022 – August 9, 2022

2022 World Cup Championship of Forex Trading®​
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2 Patrick Nill 113.4% Germany
3 Thomas Helling 111% Germany
4 Eik Baumgarten 97.2% Germany
5 Giacomo Merletti 31.8% Italy

January 1, 2022 – August 9, 2022

2021-2022 Global Cup Trading Championship​
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2 Antonio Ferlito 133.2% Italy Futures
3 Patrick Nill 94.5% Germany Forex
4 Brent Carlile 66.3% Netherlands Futures
5 Philipp Kozalla 64.1% Germany Futures

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