Gold, Silver Prices Weaker in Choppy Trading Session
(Kitco News) - Gold and silver prices are modestly lower in early-afternoon U.S. trading Monday, in a choppy, two-sided trading session. Both the bulls and the bears are cautious ahead of what will likely be a very active trading week. December gold futures were last down $1.90 an ounce at $1,231.40. December Comex silver was last down $0.121 at $14.635 an ounce.
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Technically, the gold bulls and bears are on a level overall near-term technical playing field. Gold bulls' next upside near-term price breakout objective is to produce a close in December futures above solid technical resistance at the October high of $1,246.00. Bears' next near-term downside price breakout objective is pushing prices below solid technical support at last week’s low of $1,213.40. First resistance is seen at last week’s high of $1,239.30 and then at $1,246.00. First support is seen at $1,225.00 and then at $1,220.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 5.0
The silver bears still have the overall near-term technical advantage, but recent sideways price action suggests a market low was put in place in September. Silver bulls' next upside price breakout objective is closing December futures prices above solid technical resistance at $15.00 an ounce. The next downside price breakout objective for the bears is closing prices below solid support at the September low of $13.965. First resistance is seen at the October high of $14.95 and then at $15.00. Next support is seen at $14.50 and then at last week’s low of $14.24. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 3.0.