As the commodity markets drop, gold and silver decline
As the metals markets are participants in a general erosion of the commodity markets driven by crude oil, gold and silver prices are slightly lower in lunchtime U.S. trade on Thursday. Fears of a U.S. and worldwide economic crisis as well as predictions of decreased demand in the upcoming months, notably for metals, have negatively impacted the commodities markets. At $1,834.40, August gold futures were last down $3.80. Comex silver futures for July were last trading at $21.175 per ounce, down $0.251.
Overnight, the world’s stock markets were uneven, with European shares primarily declining and Asian equities primarily rising. At noon, U.S. market indices range from mixed to firmer. The market seems to have changed its attention from being more concerned with inflation to being more concerned with the U.S. and/or global economic recession. Worries that the U.S. economy may enter a recession in the coming months were not significantly reduced by Federal Reserve Chairman Powell’s remarks to a Senate panel on Wednesday. In light of the Federal Reserve’s aggressive tightening of its monetary policy, Powell stated that it will be difficult for the Fed to arrange a smooth landing for the American economy. On Thursday, Powell will address a U.S. House committee.
Nymex crude oil prices are lower and trading at $105.25 per barrel on the major outer markets today. In noon trade, the US dollar index is firmer. The 10-year U.S. Treasury note’s yield, which is at 3.05 percent, has decreased this week. Technically speaking, August gold futures bears currently hold the upper hand. The recent sideways and choppy trading action, however, at lower price levels, is pointing to a possible market bottom. The next upward price target for the bulls is to achieve a closing over strong resistance at the June high of $1,882.50. The next short-term downside price target for bears is to drive futures prices below strong technical resistance at $1,800.00. The highs of this past week ($1,850.30) and previous week ($1,861.50) serve as the first points of resistance. At this week’s low of $1,824.50 and then at $1,815.00, support is first seen.
Silver futures for July In the immediate term, bears have a clear technical advantage. The next upward price target for silver bulls is closing above strong technical resistance at the June high of $22.565 per ounce. The bears’ next downward price target is for prices to close below $20.42, which serves as strong support. The highs of today ($21.495) and last Wednesday ($21.675) are the first areas of resistance. The $21.00 mark and the $20.845 low from June serve as the next levels of support.
Today, July New York copper fell 1,755 points to close at 376.80 cents. Prices today touched a new 16-month low as they closed close to the session low. The overall near-term technical edge is clearly in favour of the copper bears. On the daily bar chart, there is an escalating three-week price downturn. The next upward price target for copper bulls is to raise prices over strong technical resistance at 400 cents and close above it. The bears’ next price target on the downside is for prices to close below strong technical support at 350 cents. 380 cents serves as the first point of resistance, followed by 390 cents. 375 cents serves as the first support, followed by 370 cents.