Gold prices at 2-mo. high; bulls head into 2020 with momentum
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(Kitco News) - Gold and silver prices are higher in early U.S. futures trading Tuesday, with gold scoring a two-month high and silver a seven-week high. Both metals are poised to close out December at technically bullish monthly high closes on this last day of the month and the year. A slumping greenback on the world foreign exchange market is now in focus for precious metals market bulls. February gold futures were last up $5.00 an ounce at 1,523.60. March Comex silver prices were last down $0.054 at $18.065 an ounce.
Asian stock indexes were mostly firmer overnight, while European stock indexes mixed to lower in quieter trading. The U.S. stock indexes are also pointed toward slightly higher openings when the New York day session begins, on this last trading day of 2019. Many U.S. markets close early today for the New Year’s holiday on Wednesday, when most global markets are closed.
Trader and investor attitudes remain upbeat going into 2020, due in large part to the world’s two largest economies, the U.S. and China, seeing a thaw in the more-than-two-year-old trade war that has slowed global economic growth. Most believe a partial trade deal will be signed in January.
A feature in a generally quiet, holiday marketplace the past few days has been many currencies rallying significantly against the U.S. dollar, including the Swiss franc, Euro currency, Japanese yen, Canadian dollar and Australian dollar. The U.S. dollar index hit a five-month low overnight and is poised to close at a technically bearish monthly low close today, which would suggest more downside price pressure for the greenback in early January, or longer. This is a bullish development for the raw commodity sector, as most raw commodities are priced in U.S. dollars on the world market.
The other key “outside market” today sees Nymex crude oil prices lower and trading around $61.00 a barrel.
U.S. economic data due for release Tuesday includes the weekly Goldman Sachs and Johnson Redbook retail sales reports, the U.S. house price index, the Case-Shiller home index, and the consumer confidence index.
Technically, the gold bulls have the overall near-term technical advantage as an accelerating price uptrend is in place on the daily chart. Bulls’ next upside price objective is to produce a close in February futures above solid resistance at $1,550.00. Bears' next near-term downside price objective is pushing futures prices below solid technical support at $1,500.00. First resistance is seen at the overnight high of $1,529.00 and then at $1,532.40. First support is seen at the overnight low of $1,517.50 and then at Monday’s low of $1,513.50. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 6.5
March silver futures bulls also have the overall near-term technical advantage as a fledgling uptrend line is in place on the daily bar chart. Silver bulls' next upside price breakout objective is closing prices above solid technical resistance at $18.50 an ounce. The next downside price breakout objective for the bears is closing prices below solid support at $17.00. First resistance is seen at the overnight high of $18.20 and then at $18.25. Next support is seen at Monday’s low of $17.83 and then at $17.50. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 6.5.