Gold, Silver See Solid Gains, At 4-Wk Highs
(Kitco News) - Gold and silver markets ended quiet, post-holiday trading sessions with good gains and scored four-week highs Tuesday. Early advances were extended and the metals closed near their daily highs as the key “outside markets” turned bullish on the day. The U.S. dollar index turned weaker during the U.S. session and crude oil prices posted solid gains and hit a 2.5-year high. February Comex gold was last up $9.50 an ounce at $1,288.30. March Comex silver was last up $0.171 at $16.615 an ounce.
There were no major news developments Tuesday or during the long Christmas holiday weekend, so many markets early this week are being driven by chart-based traders. With the near-term charts looking more bullish for gold and silver, the technical buyers are also stepping up.
Technically, February gold futures bulls and bears are on a level overall near-term technical playing field, after last Friday’s bullish weekly high close and today’s good follow-through buying. Bulls do have momentum on their side. Prices are in a steep, two-week-old uptrend on the daily bar chart. Bulls’ next upside technical objective is pushing and closing prices above chart resistance at $1,300.00. Bears' next near-term downside price breakout objective is closing prices below solid technical support at the December low of $1,238.30. First support is seen at Tuesday’s low of $1,277.70 and then at last Friday’s low of $1,268.40. First resistance is seen at 1,292.50 and then at $1,300.00. Wyckoff’s Market Rating: 5.0.
March silver bears still have the overall near-term technical advantage. However, recent gains suggest a market bottom is in place and the bulls also have momentum. The next upside price breakout objective is closing futures prices above solid technical resistance at $17.00 an ounce. The next downside price breakout objective for the bears is closing prices below solid support at $16.00. First resistance is seen at $16.75 and then at $17.00. Next support is seen at today’s low of $16.365 and then at $16.25. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 4.0.