Normal downside price correction for gold Thursday

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(Kitco News) – Gold prices are moderately down in midday U.S. trading Thursday, on a routine corrective pullback in an uptrend following recent good gains that saw the yellow metal hit a six-month high Wednesday. A solid rebound in the U.S. dollar index today and lower crude oil prices are daily outside-market negatives for the metals markets. February gold was last down $7.10 at $2,060.00. March silver was last up $0.177 at $25.63.

Today’s U.S. economic data, including the PCE inflation numbers that came in as expected, had no significant impact on metals prices.

U.S. stock indexes are mixed at midday.  

In overnight news, Eurozone inflation fell more than expected. The bloc’s November consumer price index came in at up 2.4%, year-on-year, compared to up 2.9% in October and forecasts for up 2.8% in November. A Dow Jones Newswire headline today reads: “Euro zone inflation fell more than expected, putting ECB rate cuts into view.”

Meantime, China got some more dour economic news Thursday as its November official manufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI) slipped to 49.4 from 49.5 in October. That marks the second month in a row of the manufacturing PMI being below 50.0, which suggests contraction in the sector. China’s services PMI dropped to 49.3 in November from 50.1 in October. Today’s China data is  bearish for the metals, suggesting weaker demand for them coming from the world’s second-largest economy.



The key outside markets today see the U.S. dollar index solidly higher. Nymex crude oil prices are lower and trading around $76.00 a barrel. Reports said OPEC, at its meeting today, made an additional 1-million-barrel cut to the cartel’s collective crude oil production. The yield on the benchmark U.S. Treasury 10-year note is presently fetching 4.328%.

Live 24 hours gold chart [Kitco Inc.]

Technically, February gold futures prices saw a corrective pullback after hitting a six-month high Wednesday. The bulls have the firm overall near-term technical advantage. Prices are in a seven-week-old uptrend on the daily bar chart. Bulls’ next upside price objective is to produce a close above solid resistance at $2,100.00. Bears’ next near-term downside price objective is pushing futures prices below solid technical support at $2,000.00. First resistance is seen at today’s high of $2,067.40 and then at this week’s high of $2,072.70. First support is seen at $2,050.00 and then at $2,039.70. Wyckoff’s Market Rating: 7.0

Live 24 hours silver chart [ Kitco Inc. ]

March silver futures prices closed at a four-month high close today. The silver bulls have the firm overall near-term technical advantage. Prices are in a two-month-old uptrend on the daily bar chart. Silver bulls’ next upside price objective is closing prices above solid technical resistance at the July high of $26.10. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid support at $23.50. First resistance is seen at the August high of $25.775 and then at $26.10. Next support is seen at $25.00 and then at this week’s low of $24.68. Wyckoff’s Market Rating: 7.0.

March N.Y. copper closed up 145 points at 384.00 cents today. Prices closed nearer the session high today. The copper bulls have the overall near-term technical advantage. Prices are in a six-week-old uptrend on the daily bar chart. Copper bulls’ next upside price objective is pushing and closing prices above solid technical resistance at the September high of 392.65 cents. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid technical support at the November low of 362.60 cents. First resistance is seen at this week’s high of 386.45 cents and then at 390.00 cents. First support is seen at this week’s low of 378.60 cents and then at 375.80 cents. Wyckoff’s Market Rating: 6.0.

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Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and may not reflect those of Kitco Metals Inc. The author has made every effort to ensure accuracy of information provided; however, neither Kitco Metals Inc. nor the author can guarantee such accuracy. This article is strictly for informational purposes only. It is not a solicitation to make any exchange in commodities, securities or other financial instruments. Kitco Metals Inc. and the author of this article do not accept culpability for losses and/ or damages arising from the use of this publication.

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