Gold Ends Near Steady In Quiet Trading; Fresh Fundamental Inputs Awaited
Monday July 18, 2016 13:34
(Kitco News) - Gold prices ended the U.S. day session near unchanged in subdued trading Monday, amid a lack of major, markets-moving news. Some slight selling pressure in overnight gave way to short covering in the futures market and bargain hunting in the cash market when the U.S. day session began. However, gains in safe-haven gold were limited as rallying world stock markets suggest traders and investors do not have a lot of worry on their marketplace radar screens. August Comex gold was last up $1.80 an ounce at $1,329.20. September Comex silver was last down $0.085 at $20.08 an ounce.
World stock markets were mostly higher Monday. U.S. stock indexes were firmer in New York afternoon trading, with the S&P 500 index hovering near a record high.
A coup attempt in Turkey late Friday that was quickly quashed, but not without violence, has not had a serious impact on the world marketplace. Traders and investors reckon the matter was an isolated incident.
Much of the focus and news headlines this week are likely to come from the U.S. Republican National Convention held in Cleveland, Ohio.
The “dog days” of summer are soon approaching, which is likely to see trading interest in many markets taper off until after the U.S. Labor Day holiday in early September.
The key “outside markets” on Monday saw the U.S. dollar index slightly lower and crude oil prices also weaker.
U.S. economic data due released Monday was light and included the NAHB housing market index and Treasury international capital data.
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Technically, August gold futures prices closed near mid-range today. The gold bulls still have the firm overall near-term technical advantage but have faded recently. Gold bulls’ next upside near-term price breakout objective is to produce a close above solid technical resistance at the July high of $1,377.50. Bears' next near-term downside price breakout objective is pushing prices below solid technical support at $1,300.00. First resistance is seen at today’s high of $1,336.00 and then at $1,340.00. First support is seen at $1,320.00 and then at $1,310.00. Wyckoff’s Market Rating: 7.0
September silver futures prices closed nearer the session high. The silver market bulls still have the firm overall near-term technical advantage. Silver bulls’ next upside price breakout objective is closing prices above solid technical resistance at the July high of $21.22 an ounce. The next downside price breakout objective for the bears is closing prices below solid support at $19.00. First resistance is seen at today’s high of $20.295 and then at $20.50. Next support is seen at today’s low of $19.77 and then at $19.50. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 7.0.
September N.Y. copper closed up 35 points at 223.70 cents today. Prices closed nearer the session high today. The copper bulls have the overall near-term technical advantage. Copper bulls' next upside breakout objective is pushing and closing prices above solid technical resistance at the March high of 232.95 cents. The next downside price breakout objective for the bears is closing prices below solid technical support at the July low of 211.65 cents. First resistance is seen at today’s high of 224.65 cents and then at last week’s high of 227.75 cents. First support is seen at 222.00 cents and then at 220.00 cents. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 6.0.