Gold, Silver Prices Push Higher On Non-Hawkish FOMC Statement
(Kitco News) - Gold and silver prices moved moderately higher in the wake of a somewhat dovish FOMC statement from the Federal Reserve Wednesday afternoon. The Fed officials signaled they are not worried about inflationary price pressures becoming problematic. Such suggests the U.S. central bank wonâ€™t become too aggressive on raising interest rates. June Comex gold futures were last up $4.20 an ounce at $1,311.40. July Comex silver was last up $0.363 at $16.485 an ounce.
The key U.S. markets event Wednesday is the Federal Reserveâ€™s Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting that just ended with a statement. No change in U.S. interest rates was announced, as expected. On the inflation front, FOMC members said they expect U.S. inflation to be around 2.0% on an annual basis, which is right where the Fed wants it.
On Monday the U.S. Commerce Department issued a report saying overall U.S. price inflation, via personal consumption expenditures, has reached the Fedâ€™s goal of 2.0% annually. This latest statement implies two more interest rate increases this year, with the first one being in June.
Another important U.S. data point today was the ADP national employment report for April, which showed a rise of 204,000. The number was forecast to be up 190,000 jobs. The gold market moved little after the release of this report.
A U.S. high-level trade delegation travels to China Thursday to try to avert a trade war between the worldâ€™s two largest economies.
On Friday is the U.S. employment report from the Labor Departmentâ€”arguably the most important U.S. data point of the month.
Technically, the gold bulls and bears are on a level overall near-term technical playing field, but the bears have momentum on their side. 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. Gold bulls' next upside near-term price breakout objective is to produce a close above solid technical resistance at last weekâ€™s high of $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 todayâ€™s high of $1,312.50 and then at Tuesdayâ€™s high of $1,317.40. First support is seen at $1,300.00 and then at $1,290.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 5.0
The silver bears still 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 todayâ€™s high of $16.47 and then at $16.58. Next support is seen at todayâ€™s low of $16.175 and then at this weekâ€™s low of $16.07. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 3.0.
July N.Y. copper closed up 300 points at 306.70 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 todayâ€™s high of 308.80 cents and then at 310.00 cents. First support is todayâ€™s low of 304.75 cents and then at this weekâ€™s low of 301.95 cents. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 5.0.