Precious Metals Ease Despite Softer USD, Yields -

Gold, Silver Analysis

Gold Extends Decline Ahead of US Inflation Print

Gold extends declines midway through the week in what could land up being three consecutive weeks of declines. However, more recent price action appears detached from the commodity’s usual influencers, the US dollar and US treasury yields. The dollar benchmark or US dollar basket (DXY), has also been seen lower ahead of tomorrow’s US CPI print. Likewise, the US 10-year yield is marginally lower, around 4% ahead of a massive 10-year US bond auction.

The weekly chart below reveals the long-term breakdown as prices traded below the ascending channel, retested channel support and subsequently turned lower. The major level to the downside on the weekly chart appears at $1875, which assumes a move below the psychological level of 1900.

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Gold (XAU/USD) Weekly Chart


Source: TradingView, prepared by Richard Snow

Gold Pushes Lower with $1915 and the 200-Day SMA Beckoning

In what has been a strange day of trading, the US dollar, 10-year yields, S&P 500 and gold are all trading lower simultaneously at the time of writing. Ahead of tomorrow’s CPI print, interest rate expectations appear rooted, with markets assigning an 85% chance of no movement on the interest rate front in September from the Fed. With the Fed nearing or already at peak rates, a higher CPI print may not provide the dollar with as much impetus as previous prints.

However, with rates expected to remain elevated until Q2 2024, the opportunity cost of holding gold is likely to remain a thorn in its side. Of course, you can never discount the safe haven appeal of the metal at a time when US credit card debt reached $1 trillion for the first time ever and a recent Fed survey revealed further tightening of credit conditions from US lending institutions.

$1915 appears as immediate support, with a close below highlighting the psychological 1900 level – which coincides with the 200 simple moving average (SMA). Resistance appears in the form of trendline resistance followed by $1937.

Gold (XAU/USD) Daily Chart


Source: TradingView, prepared by Richard Snow

Silver Sent Lower After Clearing a Well-Known Trend Filter

The silver chart reveals a more bearish outlook than its fellow commodity, gold. Trading through the 200 SMA has implications of further downside risk. The MACD indicator suggests that momentum is skewed towards bearish price action too.

The next hurdle appears at the 38.6% Fibonacci retracement of the major 2021- 2022 decline at $22.35, followed by the zone of support around $21.40 – $22.10. Resistance appears at the 200 SMA with a long way to go until the $24.65 level becomes relevant again.

Silver (XAG/USD) Daily Chart


Source: TradingView, prepared by Richard Snow

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