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Gold price slumps to 9-week low after upbeat U.S. data

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(Kitco News) - Gold and silver prices are solidly lower in early U.S. trading Thursday, with gold hitting a nine-week low and silver a two-month bottom, in the wake of better U.S. economic data that falls into the camp of the U.S. monetary policy hawks. A surging U.S. dollar index and rising U.S. Treasury yields are also bearish outside market elements working against the precious metals on this day. June gold was last down $20.90 at $1,944.10 and July silver was down $0.235 at $23.00.

The just-released second estimate of first-quarter U.S. GDP came in better than expected, at up 1.3% versus expectations of up 1.1% and compares to the first GDP reading of up 1.1%. Also, weekly U.S. jobless claims came in well below market expectations.

Asian and European stock markets were mixed overnight. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward mixed to firmer openings when the New York day session begins. The marketplace is getting more anxious as U.S. lawmakers and the Biden administration have not come to an agreement to extend the government debt limit. However, House speaker McCarthy moments ago said negotiators are making some progress on the matter. That likely also added some selling pressure to the safe-haven gold and silver markets. U.S. Treasury Secretary Yellen has said the government could run out of money by June 1.

Reports said the Fitch credit-rating agency put the U.S. on watch for a possible downgrade. "Fitch still expects a resolution to the debt limit before the X-date (1 June),” the credit agency said in a report. Both Fitch and Moody's currently rate the U.S. debt at top AAA and Aaa, respectively, while S&P ranks it at AA+ after a downgrade in 2011 amid debt-ceiling negotiations during that time.

In other overnight news, Germany's economy, the workhorse of the European Union, slipped into recession in the first quarter. Germany's 1Q GDP was revised to -0.3%. The German economy contracted by 0.5% in the fourth quarter of 2022.

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The key outside markets today see the U.S. dollar index higher and hitting another two-month high overnight. Nymex crude oil prices are lower and trading around $73.25 a barrel. Meantime, the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note yield is presently fetching 3.784%.

Other U.S. economic data due for release Thursday includes the Chicago Fed national activity index, pending home sales and the Kansas City Fed manufacturing survey.

Live 24 hours gold chart [Kitco Inc.]

Technically, the gold futures bulls have the overall near-term technical advantage but have faded recently. Prices hit a nine-week low and are trending down on the daily bar chart. Bulls' next upside price objective is to produce a close in June futures above solid resistance at $2,000.00. Bears' next near-term downside price objective is pushing futures prices below solid technical support at $1,900.00. First resistance is seen at today's high of $1,965.40 and then at this week's high of $1,987.90. First support is seen at $1,935.00 and then at $1,925.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 6.0

Live 24 hours silver chart [ Kitco Inc. ]

The silver bears have the overall near-term technical advantage. Prices hit a two-month low overnight and are trending lower on the daily chart. Silver bulls' next upside price objective is closing July futures prices above solid technical resistance at $24.50. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid support at $22.00. First resistance is seen at the overnight high of $23.26 and then at Wednesday's high of $23.655. Next support is seen at $22.75 and then at $22.50. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 4.0.

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