Better risk appetite limits buying interest in gold, silver
(Kitco News) - Gold and silver prices are weaker in midday U.S. trading Monday. The safe-haven metals are seeing some downside price pressure as trader and investor risk appetite has up-ticked modestly recently, as seen by last week's solid rally in the U.S. stock indexes. December gold was last down $8.10 at $1,991.10. December silver was last down $0.06 at $23.225.
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U.S. stock indexes are slightly up at midday after posting solid gains last week—the best weekly gains of the year. There have been no major, unexpected developments, markets-wise, on the Israel-Hamas war front for some time—namely other countries getting seriously involved in the conflict. That has lifted marketplace spirits a bit and has allowed traders and investors to focus on and react to more normal market fundamentals. That's also pulling safe-haven bidding away from the gold and silver markets—at least right now.
In overnight news, Bank of Japan governor Ueda said the BOJ will continue its monetary policy easing and yield-curve control policy. He also said he did not think the Japanese government 10-year note yield would stay significantly above 1.0%. That compares to the U.S. Treasury 10-year note yield of around 4.5%. Ueda's comments were music to the ears of the foreign exchange and financial markets traders who are and have been executing the U.S.-Japan interest rate differential or “carry” trades.
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The key outside markets today see the U.S. dollar index slightly higher. Nymex crude oil prices are higher and trading around $82.00 a barrel. The yield on the benchmark U.S. Treasury 10-year note is presently fetching 4.643%.
Technically, December gold futures bulls have the overall near-term technical advantage. Prices are in a four-week-old uptrend on the daily bar chart. Bulls' next upside price objective is to produce a close above solid resistance at $2,050.00. Bears' next near-term downside price objective is pushing futures prices below solid technical support at $1,950.00. First resistance is seen at $2,000.00 and then at $2,010.00. First support is seen at last week's low of $1,978.20 and then at $1,964.60. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 6.0.
December silver futures bulls have the slight overall near-term technical advantage. Silver bulls' next upside price objective is closing prices above solid technical resistance at $24.05. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid support at $22.00. First resistance is seen at $23.50 and then at the October high of $23.88. Next support is seen at $23.00 and then at last week's low of $22.565. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 5.5.
December N.Y. copper closed up 37 points at 371.85 cents today. Prices closed near the session high and hit a four-week-high. The copper bears still have the overall near-term technical advantage. However, fledgling price uptrend is in place on the daily bar chart. Copper bulls' next upside price objective is pushing and closing prices above solid technical resistance at 385.00 cents. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid technical support at the October low of 351.95 cents. First resistance is seen at today's high of 372.55 cents and then at 375.00 cents. First support is seen at today's low of 366.65 cents and then at last week's low of 363.15 cents. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 3.5.