Gold, silver see price pressure amid bearish outside markets
(Kitco News) - Gold and silver prices are lower levels in early U.S. trading Monday, as the key outside markets are in a bearish daily posture for the precious metals—a higher U.S. dollar index and lower crude oil prices. It’s a quieter news day to start the trading week, which has traders focusing more on the outside markets for direction. August gold futures were last down $10.70 at $1,799.90 and September Comex silver was last down $0.244 at $25.99 an ounce.
Global stock markets were mixed to weaker overnight. The U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward mixed openings when the New York day session begins. Focus this week will be on U.S. corporate earnings reports.
A feature in the marketplace recently has been falling U.S. government bond yields amid notions that U.S. and global economic growth has leveled off from the stronger pace seen coming out of the pandemic’s shackles. Such can be extrapolated to easier monetary policies for a longer time from the major world’s major central banks. Adding to concerns about less robust global economic growth is a new strain of Covid-19 that is surging in some parts of the world at the same time vaccinations have tailed off.
European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde reportedly said a July 22 Governing Council meeting will include a revision of the ECB’s forward guidance. She also said she expects the current asset purchase program to run until “at least” March 2022, due in part to the new Covid strain denting economic growth in the Euro zone. The yield on the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury note is presently fetching 1.336%.
China on Friday eased its monetary policy by lowering is reserve requirement ratio for its banks.
The key outside markets today see the U.S. dollar index higher, while Nymex crude oil prices are lower and trading around $73.35 a barrel.
There is no major U.S. economic data due for release Monday.
Technically, gold futures bulls and bears are on a level overall near-term technical playing field. 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 the June low of $1,750.10. First resistance is seen at the overnight high of $1,811.00 and then at the July high of $1,819.50. First support is seen at $1,793.50 and then at $1,784.70. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 5.0
The silver bulls and bears are on a level overall near-term technical playing field. Silver bulls' next upside price objective is closing September futures prices above solid technical resistance at $28.00 an ounce. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid support at the June low of $25.58. First resistance is seen at the overnight high of $26.375 and then at $26.545. Next support is seen at last week’s low of $25.82 and then at $25.58. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 5.0.