Price gains for gold, silver as bulls making good comeback
(Kitco News) - Gold and silver futures prices are higher in early U.S. trading Thursday as the bulls have stabilized their markets and have gained some upside momentum late this week, after prices hit multi-month lows earlier this week. A depreciating U.S. dollar index that hit another 2.5-year low overnight is working in favor of the metals markets bulls. February gold futures were last up $14.20 at $1,844.40 and March Comex silver was last up $0.25 at $24.33 an ounce.
Global stock markets were mixed overnight. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward narrowly mixed openings when the New York day session begins, as they pause after the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes hit record highs this week. Risk appetite remains upbeat late this week. Reports say President-Elect Joe Biden is now also pushing a bi-partisan pandemic financial aid package for Americans, which would total just under $1 trillion. Gold and silver bulls are also benefitting from notions a package could get passed by the U.S. Congress in the coming weeks—not from a safe-haven point of view but from notions a fresh influx of cash into the financial system would boost demand for the metals and would further stoke price inflation that could be ignited down the road.
The marketplace is overlooking record U.S. daily Covid-19 deaths and near-record daily new infections. Many health experts said the death and infection numbers in the U.S. will remain high through the winter. European countries are also reeling from the virus and its impact on people and businesses. Evidence of a struggling Euro zone economy was seen Thursday when the bloc’s November composite purchasing managers index (PMI) came in at 45.3 compared to a reading of 50.0 in October. A reading below 50.0 suggests contraction in an economy.
The U.S. economic data point of the week is Friday morning’s U.S. employment situation report from the Labor Department. The key non-farm payrolls number in that report is expected to come in at up 440,000 workers. Wednesday’s U.S. ADP national employment report was a miss to the downside.
The U.S. dollar index is weaker early today and hit another 2.5-year low overnight. Commodity market traders are watching the depreciating greenback closely, as it’s a bullish element. Most major raw commodities traded on the world market are priced in U.S. dollars. When the dollar weakens it makes those commodities cheaper to purchase in non-U.S. currency. The other important outside market sees January Nymex crude oil futures prices weaker and trading around $45.00 a barrel. The OPEC oil cartel is meeting late this week and is reported to be discussing raising its oil output quotas, with Russia doing the same. The yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note futures is currently trading at 0.93%.
U.S. economic data due for release Thursday includes the weekly jobless claims report, the Challenger job-cuts report, the U.S. and global services PMIs, the ISM report on business services, and monthly chain store sales.
Technically, the February gold futures bears still have the overall near-term technical advantage. While prices are still in a three-week-old downtrend on the daily bar chart, more price gains this week would negate the price downtrend. Also, gold prices have climbed back above the key 200-day moving average. Bulls’ next upside price objective is to produce a close in February futures above solid resistance at $1,900.00. Bears' next near-term downside price objective is pushing futures prices below solid technical support at this week’s low of $1,767.20. First resistance is seen at $1,855.00 and then at $1,875.00. First support is seen at the overnight low of $1,828.90 and then at $1,810.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 4.5
March silver futures bulls and bears are on a level overall near-term technical playing field, but bulls have some momentum on their side. Silver bulls' next upside price objective is closing prices above solid technical resistance at the November high of $26.27 an ounce. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid support at the September low of $21.93. First resistance is seen at $24.50 and then at $25.00. Next support is seen at the overnight low of $23.95 and then at $23.50. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 5.0.