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(Kitco News) – Gold prices are modestly down in midday U.S. trading Thursday. Silver prices are slightly up. Both metals are seeing some normal chart consolidation after hitting 12-month highs on Wednesday. Gold and silver bulls still have the strong near-term technical advantage to suggest the path of least resistance for prices remains sideways to higher. April gold was last down $6.30 at $2,014.90 and May silver is up $0.068 at $25.105.
Some upbeat U.S. jobless claims numbers rallied the U.S. dollar index briefly before it backed off later on. But this was enough to prompt a pullback in gold prices and some profit taking.
Global stock markets were mixed overnight. U.S. stock indexes are mixed at midday. Risk appetite this week has down-ticked. Reads a Wall Street Journal headline today: “Bank failures; high inflation; rising rates. Is the resilient jobs market about to crack?” A three-day holiday weekend for many markets likely has sellers in the gold and silver markets tentative, as both markets have seen their prices come up from their daily lows as midday approaches.
In overnight news, reports said that as the price of gold is back above $2,000 an ounce the countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa all plan to increase their gold reserves. This is due to “an increasingly bipolar geopolitical world—exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, says an ING analyst. He added such is a “structural positive for gold and structural negative for the U.S. dollar.”
The U.S. data point of the week is Friday’s U.S. employment situation report for March from the Labor Department. The key non-farm payrolls number is seen coming in at up 238,000, compared to a rise of 311,000 in the February report. The U.S. markets will have to wait until Monday to react to the data, as they are closed on Friday for the Easter holiday.
The key outside markets today see the U.S. dollar index slightly down after hitting a two-month low Tuesday. Nymex crude oil prices are slightly down and trading around $80.25 a barrel. The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note yield is presently fetching 3.28% and has fallen this week.
Technically, April gold futures prices hit a 12-month high Wednesday. Bulls still have the strong overall near-term technical advantage. Prices are in an uptrend on the daily bar chart. Bulls’ next upside price objective is to produce a close above solid resistance at the all-time high of $2,078.80, scored in March of 2022. Bears’ next near-term downside price objective is pushing futures prices below solid technical support at this week’s low of $1,950.00. First resistance is seen at today’s high of $2,033.30 and then at this week’s high of $2,033.80. First support is seen at $2,000.00 and then at Tuesday’s low of $1,979.00. Wyckoff’s Market Rating: 8.0
May silver futures prices hit a 12-month high Wednesday. The silver bulls have the strong overall near-term technical advantage. Prices are in a steep uptrend on the daily bar chart. Silver bulls’ next upside price objective is closing prices above solid technical resistance at $27.50. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid support at $23.00. First resistance is seen at this week’s high of $25.295 and then at $25.50. Next support is seen at today’s low of $24.695 and then at $24.50. Wyckoff’s Market Rating: 8.0.
May N.Y. copper closed up 220 points at 400.85 cents today. Prices closed near mid-range today. The copper bulls have the slight overall near-term technical advantage but have faded recently. Copper bulls’ next upside price objective is pushing and closing prices above solid technical resistance at the March high of 417.45 cents. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid technical support at the March low of 382.20 cents. First resistance is seen at today’s high of 403.15 cents and then at Tuesday’s high of 407.15 cents. First support is seen at today’s low of 397.10 cents and then at this week’s low of 392.60 cents. Wyckoff’s Market Rating: 5.5.
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