Gold, silver see price pauses as Fed Chair Powell on deck
(Kitco News) - Gold and silver prices are slightly down in early U.S. trading Tuesday, as the markets are on hold ahead of highly anticipated comments from the U.S. central bank chief. August gold futures were last down $1.40 at $1,781.50 and July Comex silver was last down $0.075 at $25.95 an ounce.
The marketplace on Tuesday afternoon will closely scrutinize Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's remarks to a House committee. Powell's prepared text for today's appearance on the coronavirus pandemic, released Monday afternoon, shows him reiterating the rise in inflation is transitory. Importantly, traders and investors will be watching the 2:00 p.m. EDT appearance for his replies to lawmakers' questions. Powell is known to occasionally go “off-script” in his answers to questions.
Global stock markets were mixed overnight, with Asian shares mostly firmer and European shares mostly weaker. The U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward narrowly mixed openings when the New York day session begins, after posting solid gains Monday.
The key outside markets today see the U.S. dollar index firmer. Nymex crude oil futures are weaker and trading around $72.65 a barrel after hitting a 2.5-year high of $73.36. overnight. Brent crude traded above $75.00 overnight amid signs global demand for energy continues to increase. Reports said Russia is considering proposing OPEC and its allies increase output at the next OPEC meeting on July 1, with the world oil market presently estimated to need an additional 3 million barrels a day to satisfy demand.
The yield on the benchmark U.S. Treasury 10-year note is presently fetching 1.502%.
U.S. economic data due for release Tuesday includes the weekly chain store sales index and the weekly Johnson Redbook retail report, existing home sales and the Richmond Fed business survey.
Technically, August gold futures bears have the overall near-term technical advantage. Prices have dropped well below the key 200-day moving average and are trending lower on the daily chart. Bulls' next upside price objective is to produce a close above solid resistance at $1,850.00. Bears' next near-term downside price objective is pushing futures prices below solid technical support at $1,700.00. First resistance is seen at the overnight high of $1,790.10 and then at $1,800.00. First support is seen at the overnight low of $1,775.80 and then at last week's low of $1,761.20. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 4.0
The silver bears have the overall near-term technical advantage. Silver bulls' next upside price objective is closing July futures prices above solid technical resistance at $27.50 an ounce. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid support at $25.00. First resistance is seen at Monday's high of $26.135 and then at $26.555. Next support is seen at the overnight low of $25.805 and then at this week's low of $25.58. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 4.0.