Gold, Silver Near Steady As Bulls Work To Stabilize Markets
(Kitco News) - Gold and silver prices were near steady levels in early-afternoon U.S. trading Wednesday. Gold market bulls are fighting to hold the yellow metal above critical chart support at $1,300.00, and they have been successful so far, which has stabilized the market for the time being. June Comex gold futures were last down $0.50 an ounce at $1,313.20. July Comex silver was last up $0.073 at $16.545 an ounce.
Today’s U.S. producer price index for April came in at up 0.1% from March. The “core” rate that excludes food and energy was up 0.2%. Both numbers were forecast to come in at up 0.2%, month-on-month. The gold and silver markets were not impacted by this report.
World stock markets were mixed to firmer today. U.S. stock indexes are also higher in afternoon dealings. The lack of risk aversion in the marketplace at present is working against the safe-haven gold and silver markets.
The “outside markets” today find Nymex crude oil prices solidly higher, at a new 3.5-year high, and trading above $71.00 a barrel. Meantime, the U.S. dollar index is lower but did hit another 4.5-month high overnight.
Technically, the gold bulls and bears are on a level overall near-term technical playing field. A close below major psychological support at $1,300.00 would open the door to a larger leg down in prices in the near term. However, right now it appears that strong support level will hold, for now. Gold bulls' next upside near-term price breakout objective is to produce a close above solid technical resistance at $1,337.60. Bears' next near-term downside price breakout objective is pushing prices below solid technical support at $1,300.00. First resistance is seen at this week’s high of $1,320.10 and then at $1,325.00. First support is seen at the May low of $1,302.30 and then at $1,300.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 5.0
The silver bears have the overall near-term technical advantage. Silver bulls' next upside price breakout objective is closing 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 the December low of $15.805. First resistance is seen at today’s high of $16.655 and then at $16.75. Next support is seen at this week’s low of $16.335 and then at the May low of $16.07. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 3.5.
July N.Y. copper closed down 25 points at 305.65 cents today. Prices closed near mid-range today. The copper bulls and bears are on a level overall near-term technical playing field. Copper bulls' next upside price objective is pushing and closing prices above solid technical resistance at the April high of 321.80 cents. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid technical support at the March low of 295.85 cents. First resistance is seen at this week’s high of 310.45 cents and then at last week’s high of 312.15 cents. First support is seen at this week’s low of 301.40 cents and then at 00.00 cents. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 5.0.