Gold, silver sell off amid rebound in USDX, uptick in bond yields
(Kitco News) - Gold and silver prices are lower in midday U.S. trading Wednesday, with gold suffering solid losses. Corrective pullbacks from recent good price gains are featured at mid-week. A rebound in the U.S. dollar index and rising U.S. Treasury yields are negatives for the precious metals on this day. June gold futures were last down $22.30 at $1,843.10. July Comex silver futures were last down $0.228 at $21.84 an ounce.
Traders were awaiting the U.S. data point of the week: this afternoon’s release of the minutes from the last meeting of the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee (FOMC). The marketplace will be looking for further guidance on the timing and pace of the Fed’s monetary policy tightening cycle, and on inflation prospects. Trading could become more active in the immediate aftermath of the 2:00 p.m. EDT release of the FOMC minutes.
Global stock markets were mixed overnight. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward narrowly mixed openings when the New York day session begins.
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The key outside markets today see Nymex crude oil futures prices slightly higher and trading around $110.00 a barrel. Meantime, the U.S. dollar index is higher on a corrective bounce from recent strong selling pressure. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note is fetching 2.75%.
Technically, June gold futures saw a corrective pullback after recent good gains. A 2.5-month-old price downtrend is in place on the daily bar chart. Bears have the firm overall near-term technical advantage. Bulls' next upside price objective is to produce a close above solid resistance at $1,900.00. Bears' next near-term downside price objective is pushing futures prices below solid technical support at the May low of $1,785.00. First resistance is seen at $1,850.00 and then at this week’s high of $1,869.10. First support is seen at today’s low of $1,838.70 and then at $1,830.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 3.0
July silver futures see a 2.5-month-old price downtrend in place on the daily bar chart. The silver bears have the firm overall near-term technical advantage. Silver bulls' next upside price objective is closing prices above solid technical resistance at $23.00 an ounce. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid support at the May low of $20.42. First resistance is seen at $22.00 and then at this week’s high of $22.215. Next support is seen at this week’s low of $21.645 and then at $21.50. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 2.5.
July N.Y. copper closed down 600 points at 424.60 cents today. Prices closed nearer the session low today. The copper bears have the firm overall near-term technical advantage. Copper bulls' next upside price objective is pushing and closing prices above solid technical resistance at 445.00 cents. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid technical support at the May low of 403.70 cents. First resistance is seen at 430.00 cents and then at this week’s high of 435.50 cents. First support is seen at today’s low of 422.30 cents and then at 420.00 cents. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 2.5.