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Gold is an ‘unexpected loser’ but silver price is the one stuck with the downgrade from SampP Global

Gold is an 'unexpected loser,' but silver price is the one stuck with the downgrade from S&P Global

Fundamentals no longer matter as much for the precious metals outlook, with rate hike expectations and concerns around energy having a bigger impact on all metals prices, said S&P Global.

"Metals prices face macroeconomic headwinds. September was characterized by more significant interest rate hikes to combat inflation in major economies as central banks became increasingly concerned by the possibility of a global economic recession in 2023," said Aude Marjolin, associate commodity analyst at S&P Global Commodity Insight.

Next year's gloomy macroeconomic picture is the one weighing on metals, not the fundamentals. And persistently higher inflation is not giving the Federal Reserve any room in the short term to change or pause its tightening course.

"On the cards is the possibility of further interest rate hikes in November, should the Fed strive to meet its 2% inflation target rate," Marjolin wrote in the latest price forecast from S&P Global. "The European Central Bank and the central banks of Norway, Sweden and Switzerland also raised rates in September, as inflation in the eurozone reached 10% — the highest since the inception of the euro."

In the gold outlook, S&P Global introduced a slight update to its consensus price forecasts, with an average upgrade of 0.4% annually through 2026. Marjolin mentioned gold's role in an investment portfolio during economic uncertainty and rising geopolitical risks.

S&P Global sees gold averaging this year at $1,842 an ounce, next year at $1,800, 2024 at $1,769, 2025 at $1,757, and 2026 at $1,753. "Gold has been the unexpected loser of the current macroeconomic environment, with its safe-haven status in direct competition with the U.S. dollar," Marjolin noted.

In its silver outlook, S&P Global has downgraded its prices for the next two years but upgraded its longer-term projection. The latest consensus forecast is now down by an average of 2.3% annually through 2026. "Despite the expected near-term weakness, the silver price is expected to remain broadly stable through to 2026, averaging $22.34/oz," Marjolin said.

S&P Global looks for silver to average this year at $22.50, next year at $22.20, 2024 at $22.31, 2025 at $22.21, and 2026 at $22.47. "With most industrial activity pressured by the weakening economy, demand for silver will likely remain subdued, and so will the price," Marjolin added.

Price forecasts for palladium and platinum were downgraded by about 3% annually through 2026, with S&P Global citing the current macroeconomic environment as weighing on price expectations for palladium and platinum. The outlook sees platinum averaging $1,282 an ounce and palladium at $1,436 in 2026.

By Anna Golubova

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Gold price sinks on strong greenback rising US Treasury yield

Gold price sinks on strong greenback, rising U.S. Treasury yield

Gold and silver prices are down in midday U.S. trading Wednesday. The precious metals are being punished by a strong U.S. dollar index and rising U.S. Treasury yields. These two bearish elements continue to supersede any other potentially bullish factors for the metals. December gold hit a three-week low today and was last down $19.40 at $1,636.60 and December silver was down $0.235 at $18.365.

U.S. stock indexes are mixed at midday. Risk appetite is a bit more upbeat so far this week. U.S. corporate earnings reports are so far coming in better than expectations despite recession fears.

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The key outside markets today see the U.S. dollar index solidly higher and not too far below its recent 20-year high. Nymex crude oil prices are modestly up and trading around $83.60 a barrel. The U.S. Treasury 10-year note yield is presently fetching 4.065%.

Technically,the gold futures bears have the solid overall near-term technical advantage. Bulls’ next upside price objective is to produce a close above solid resistance at $1,700.00. Bears' next near-term downside price objective is pushing futures prices below solid technical support at the September low of $1,622.20. First resistance is seen at today’s high of $1,659.50 and then at this week’s high of $1,674.30. First support is seen at $1,630.00 and then at $1,622.20. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 1.5

The silver bears have the solid overall near-term technical advantage. Silver bulls' next upside price objective is closing prices above solid technical resistance at $20.00. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid support at the September low of $17.40. First resistance is seen at today’s high of $18.755 and then at $19.00. Next support is seen at this week’s low of $18.155 and then at $18.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 2.0.

December N.Y. copper closed down 280 points at 333.35 cents today. Prices closed nearer the session low and hit a three-week low today. The copper bears have the overall near-term technical advantage. Copper bulls' next upside price objective is pushing and closing prices above solid technical resistance at the September high of 369.25 cents. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid technical support at the July low of 315.55 cents. First resistance is seen at 340.00 cents and then at this week’s high of 346.75. First support is seen at 330.00 cents and then at the September low of 324.30 cents. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 2.5.

By Jim Wyckoff

For Kitco News

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Gold struggles in light of weak dollar as rate hikes loom

Gold struggles in light of weak dollar as rate hikes loom

Gold continues to struggle even in light of a strong decline in the U.S. dollar. Gold had respectable gains in New York trading today, but gave up those gains in Globex trading. By the close of trading in New York today gold had added $15.10 of value and was fixed at $1664. As of 4:30 PM, EDT gold futures basis most active December contract is up only $5.80 or 0.35% and fixed at $1654.70. The December contract traded to a high of $1674.30 and a low of $1649.10 after opening just $0.80 above today’s low.

 

Dollar weakness was a major contributor in supporting gold prices from moving lower. Currently, the dollar is down 1.182 points or -1.04% and fixed at 112.025. As seen through the KGX (Kitco Gold Index) market participants were predominantly sellers with spot gold currently fixed at $1649. That is a net gain of $4.60 today. However, on closer inspection market participants were aggressive sellers taking physical gold lower by $12.80. If not for dollar weakness which added $17.40 gold’s gains would have been nonexistent.

Market participants witnessed a strong risk-on sentiment in U.S. equities. The Dow gained 1.86%, the S&P 500 gained 2.65%, and the NASDAQ composite gained 3.43%.

Market participants trading the precious metals are still genuinely concerned about the remaining two FOMC meetings in November and December. It is widely anticipated that there is a high probability that both Federal Reserve meetings will contain interest rate hikes of 75 basis points each.

According to the CME’s FedWatch tool, there is a 97.4% probability that the Federal Reserve will raise rates by ¾% at the November FOMC meeting and a 65.3% probability of a ¾% rate hike in December. This would take the fed funds rate from between 300 and 325 basis points currently to between 450 to 475 basis points by the end of 2022.

Last week market participants were active buyers of both 30-year bonds and 10-year Treasury Notes resulting in an inverted yield curve with yields in the 10-year Notes priced slightly above the 30-year bond. Today that inversion has been neutralized with both the 10-year note and the 30-year bond yielding 4.015%.

Inflation continues to run at a record level with the latest CPI core data revealing a slight uptick in inflationary pressures from 6.3% in August to 6.5% in September. However, the Eurozone is experiencing much higher levels of inflation than the United States with the CPI index registering at approximately 10%. As long as inflation remains extremely hot and persistent it is unlikely that the Federal Reserve will reduce the magnitude and frequency of rate hikes. It remains highly likely that the extremely aggressive monetary policy of the Federal Reserve will result in a recession in the first quarter of 2023. The question remains how deep of a recession will result from the Fed's aggressive rate hikes.

By Gary Wagner

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Gold prices drop sharply as US CPI rises 04 in September

Gold prices drop sharply as U.S. CPI rises 0.4% in September

Gold prices have dropped sharply into negative territory as U.S. consumer prices rose more than expected in September, raising prospects that the Federal Reserve will maintain its aggressive monetary policy stance through the rest of the year.

Thursday, the U.S. Labor Department said its much-anticipated Consumer Price Index rose 0.4% last month after a 0.1% rise in August. Economists were looking for an increase of 0.2%.

The report said that annual inflation rose 8.2% last month. Economists were expecting to see a rise of 8.1%.

Core CPI, which strips out volatile food and energy prices, rose sharply by 0.6% last month. According to consensus estimates, economists were looking for a 0.4% rise.

For the year, core inflation rose 6.6%.

The gold market has been unable to withstand solid momentum in the U.S. dollar and rising bond yields. December gold futures last traded at $1,666 an ounce, down 0.69% on the day.

The report noted that the inflation threat is growing and flowing through to the general economy as food, shelter and medical costs outpace falling energy prices. The report said gasoline prices fell 4.9% last month, with the overall energy index dropping 2.1%.

The hotter-than-expected inflation data came one day after the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s September monetary policy meeting showed that the central bank is committed to cooling down consumer prices even as the economy weakens.

In reaction to the CPI numbers, markets have fully priced in a 75-basis point move next month and see a small possibility of a full 1% move. Expectations for a 75-basis point hike also jumped sharply for December.

Analysts have said that rising interest rates, supporting the U.S. dollar at a 20-year high will continue to be strong headwinds for gold prices.

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GoldSilver – Where is the bottom?

Gold/Silver – Where is the bottom?

It was another volatile week in the markets, both for the longs and the shorts, with the technical backdrop continuing to deteriorate. Rampant inflation reaffirms the Federal Reserve will continue to reverse the loose monetary policy after CPI on an annualized basis came in at 8.2% versus expectations of 8.1%. The latest CME Fedwatch tool is pricing in a 97.8% chance of a 75 bps rate hike at the November 2 meeting and now a 2.2% of 100 bps. Meanwhile (as I am writing this), the U.K. Finance Minister was fired as they now attempt to reverse the proposed dovish economic plans previously outlined. It seems unwinding over a decade of quantitative easing and interest rates near zero will be very difficult, resulting in stocks, bonds, and housing crashing even from these levels.

When will the Federal Reserve pivot? Unemployment is hovering near multi-decade lows, and economic data continues to beat expectations, keeping the Fed's foot on the rate hike cycle until spring 2023. The first sign of a rate "cut" is not priced in until fall 2023, meaning this bear market is not even close to over. The Fed is attempting to remove all the excess leverage and irresponsible risk-taking in the market while crushing inflation at the same time. I say, "Good luck with that," and "operation break stuff" is underway.

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Gold price drops nearly 90 from October highs Wall Street turns exceedingly bearish on precious metals

Gold price drops nearly $90 from October highs, Wall Street turns exceedingly bearish on precious metals

The short-term outlook on gold remains bleak, with analysts turning overwhelmingly bearish on the precious metal as the $1,650 an ounce level breaks.

The precious metal is down nearly $90 from its October highs of $1,737 an ounce, with December Comex gold futures last trading at $1,648.70, down 1.69% on the day.

The technical picture is also quite bearish as the selloff opens the door to $1,600 an ounce. "Near-term technicals remain bearish," Kitco's senior analyst Jim Wyckoff said Friday. "Gold and silver bulls remain perplexed by their metals' inability to catch a safe-haven bid amid heightened geopolitical and marketplace uncertainties."

The main culprit making things challenging for gold is the hotter-than-expected inflation forcing the market to re-price the aggressive Federal Reserve rate hike expectations. And that is giving the U.S. dollar an additional boost.

"Gold is still struggling. In the cash market, it has fallen seven of the past eight sessions. The momentum indicators are trending lower," said Bannockburn Global Forex managing director Marc Chandler. "A break of $1,642 may signal a retest on $1,615. The most bullish development would be a move above $1,685. A close above $1,672 could help stabilize the tone."

Survey results

Kitco's weekly gold survey results revealed that Wall Street is now exceedingly bearish on gold prices next week. Out of nine analysts participating in the survey, 78% said they expected lower prices next week, and only 22% were bullish. There were no votes expecting sideways action next week.

The Main Street side remained bullish for next week, but the bearish segment was growing. Out of 858 retail participants, 45% expected higher prices, 35% called for a move lower, and 20% remained neutral, Kitco's survey showed.Kitco Gol

Re-pricing of Fed's rate hike expectations

Keeping the U.S. dollar near 20-year highs are the expectations of a 99.7% chance of another 75-basis-point hike in November, a 74% chance of an additional 50-basis-point hike in December, and possibly a series of smaller rate hikes in February and in March, according to the CME FedWatch Tool.

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As long this macro-environment exists, there will be more downside in gold.

"December gold has not finished off the short-term downtrend on its daily chart, with the target still down near $1,645. This past week got close as the contract hit a low of $1,648.30," said Darin Newsom Analysis president Darin Newsom. "The flip-side of the coin is the U.S. dollar index continues to indicate its intermediate-term trend has turned down, from a technical point of view."

And even those few analysts who remain bullish on the precious metal in the short-term are not ruling out a drop lower before the rally kicks in. "I am a bull on gold and silver, but I feel we will see the March 2020 lows (at least in the shares) taken out first," said VR Metals/Resource Letter publisher Mark Leibovit.

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Gold silver recover most of sharp early losses

Gold, silver recover most of sharp, early losses

Gold and silver prices are modestly lower in midday U.S. trading Thursday but have made a solid rebound from early-morning losses following another hot U.S. inflation report. Strong losses in the U.S. dollar index and higher crude oil prices today are working in favor of the precious metals market bulls. However, rising U.S. Treasury yields are still keeping buyers in gold and silver timid. December gold was last down $4.30 at $1,673.30 and December silver was down $0.093 at $18.845.

Today’s highly anticipated U.S. consumer price index report for September showed a rise of 0.4% from August, which was just above the expected rise of 0.3%. Year-on-year, the CPI was up 8.2%. The report was expected to come in at up 8.1%, year-on-year, following a rise of 8.3% in August. On Wednesday the U.S. got a hot producer price index reading for September, at up 8.5%, year-on-year. U.S. Federal Reserve officials have recently reiterated their aggressively hawkish stance on monetary policy, which has kept the general marketplace uneasy, for fear of pending U.S. and/or global recession. Today’s CPI report suggests the Fed is correct regarding its belief that inflation is still not under control.

Global stock markets were mixed to weaker overnight. U.S. stock indexes are solidly higher at midday after dropping sharply after the CPI report.

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Before the CPI data, risk appetite in the general marketplace had up-ticked on reports the U.K. government is going to roll back its controversial tax and spending plans that had roiled the financial markets the past two weeks. The British pound rallied and U.K. bond yields fell on the news.

The key outside markets today see the U.S. dollar index sharply lower. Nymex crude oil prices are higher and trading around $89.25 a barrel. The U.S. Treasury 10-year note yield is presently fetching around 3.9%.

Technically, the gold futures bears have the solid overall near-term technical advantage. Bulls’ next upside price objective is to produce a close above solid resistance at the October high of $1,738.70. Bears' next near-term downside price objective is pushing futures prices below solid technical support at the September low of $1,622.20. First resistance is seen at today’s high of $1,688.90 and then at $1,700.00. First support is seen at today’s low of $1,648.30 and then at $1,635.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 2.0

The silver bears have the solid overall near-term technical advantage. Silver bulls' next upside price objective is closing prices above solid technical resistance at $20.00. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid support at $18.00. First resistance is seen at today’s high of $19.29 and then at Tuesday’s high of $19.725. Next support is seen at today’s low of $18.41 and then at $18.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 2.5.

December N.Y. copper closed up 205 points at 344.50 cents today. Prices closed nearer the session high today. The copper bears have the overall near-term technical advantage. Copper bulls' next upside price objective is pushing and closing prices above solid technical resistance at the September high of 369.25 cents. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid technical support at the July low of 315.55 cents. First resistance is seen at this week’s high of 347.70 cents and then at 350.00 cents. First support is seen at today’s low of 335.40 cents and then at 330.00 cents. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 3.0.

By Jim Wyckoff

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Gold prices remain down as Fed stays committed to reducing inflation even as economy slows – FOMC minutes

Gold prices remain down as Fed stays committed to reducing inflation even as economy slows – FOMC minutes

The gold market remains under pressure but is not seeing any new price action as the Federal Reserve remains committed to tightening its monetary policy to cool down the growing inflation threat.

Although the U.S. central bank sees growing downside risks to the economy, the minutes of the September monetary policy meeting show that the committee remains focus on brining inflation down by raising interest rates.

“Participants reaffirmed their strong commitment to returning inflation to the Committee’s 2 percent objective, with many stressing the importance of staying on this course even as the labor market slowed,” the minutes said.

According to some market analysts, the latest minutes did not reveal much new information on U.S. monetary policy.

“I don't see much here that's a surprise. The Fed and market are aligned with hiking to around 4.75% and then pausing. Markets are largely unmoved on the headlines,” said Adam Button, chief currency strategist at Forexlive.com.

The gold market has largely ignored the hawkish sentiment in the minutes. December gold futures last traded at $1,683 an ounce, down 0.18% on the day.

The minutes also reiterated the Federal Reserve’s outlook that even if the pace of rate hikes slow, the central bank will maintain the restrictive level for some time.

“Many participants emphasized that the cost of taking too little action to bring down inflation likely outweighed the cost of taking too much action. Several participants underlined the need to maintain a restrictive stance for as long as necessary, with a couple of these participants stressing that historical experience demonstrated the danger of prematurely ending periods of tight monetary policy designed to bring down inflation,” the minutes said.

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Gold gains on short covering bargain buying pullback in USDX

Gold gains on short covering, bargain buying, pullback in USDX

Gold prices are higher in midday U.S. trading Tuesday, on short covering in the futures market and some bargain hunting and/or safe-haven demand in the cash market. A weaker U.S. dollar index and pullback in U.S. Treasury yields on this day is also working in favor of the metals market bulls.

December gold was last up $9.70 at $1,684.70 and December silver was down $0.10 at $19.52.

U.S. stock indexes are mixed at midday. Dour comments Monday on the global economic/political outlook from the respected chief of JP Morgan, Jamie Dimon, as well as an escalation in the Russia-Ukraine war, are keeping a “risk-off” trader and investor mentality in the general marketplace.

The U.K. government bond market is still roiled, as the Bank of England was forced to stepped in to buy inflation-linked bonds to its bond-buying program. There are worries U.K. pension funds could be lost in any more serious U.K. bond market rout.

The key outside markets today see the U.S. dollar index weaker on a corrective pullback from recent strong gains. Nymex crude oil prices are lower and trading around $89.25 a barrel. The U.S. Treasury 10-year note yield is presently fetching around 3.9%.

Traders are looking ahead to key U.S. inflation reports on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. The producer price index report for September is out Wednesday and the consumer price index report for September is out Thursday. The consumer price index is expected to come in at up 8.1%, year-on-year, following a rise of 8.3% in August.

Technically, the gold futures bears still have the solid overall near-term technical advantage. Bulls’ next upside price objective is to produce a close above solid resistance at the October high of $1,738.70. Bears' next near-term downside price objective is pushing futures prices below solid technical support at the September low of $1,622.20. First resistance is seen at $1,700.00 and then at this week’s high of $1,707.40. First support is seen at today’s low of $1,667.50 and then at $1,650.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 2.5.

The silver bears have the overall near-term technical advantage. Silver bulls' next upside price objective is closing prices above solid technical resistance at the October high of $21.31. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid support at $18.00. First resistance is seen at $20.00 and then at this week’s high of $20.21. Next support is seen at today’s low of $19.225 and then at $19.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 3.5.

December N.Y. copper closed up 215 points at 345.20 cents today. Prices closed nearer the session high today. The copper bears have the overall near-term technical advantage. Copper bulls' next upside price objective is pushing and closing prices above solid technical resistance at the September high of 369.25 cents. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid technical support at the July low of 315.55 cents. First resistance is seen at 350.00 cents and then at the September high of 359.30 cents. First support is seen at last week’s low of 335.20 cents and then at the September low of 324.30 cents. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 3.0.

By Jim Wyckoff

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Strong USDX rising US Treasury yields stingy Fed punish gold silver prices

Strong USDX, rising U.S. Treasury yields, stingy Fed punish gold, silver prices

Gold and silver prices are sharply lower near midday Monday. The safe-haven metals are being hit hard by a higher U.S. dollar index, rising U.S. Treasury yields and weaker crude oil prices to start the trading week. An aggressively tight monetary policy from the U.S. Federal Reserve is also serving as an anchor on the precious metals markets. December gold was last down $34.30 at $1,675.00 and December silver was down $0.61 at $19.645.

Global stock markets were mostly lower overnight. U.S. stock indexes are weaker at midday. U.S. government offices and many banks are closed Monday for the Columbus Day national holiday. Stock market traders will focus on a barrage of corporate earnings reports out this week.

Risk aversion is still elevated. The Russia-Ukraine war has escalated as Russia launched missiles into several Ukrainian cities after a strategic bridge for Russia in the Crimea region suffered major damage from explosions, with Ukraine’s military likely the culprit. Meantime, North Korea has test-fired ballistic missiles to provoke the West in an already-tense global geopolitical environment.

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The key outside markets today see the U.S. dollar index solidly higher. Nymex crude oil prices are weaker and trading around $92.00 a barrel. The U.S. Treasury 10-year not yield is presently fetching 3.9%.

Traders are looking ahead to key U.S. inflation reports on Wednesday and Thursday. The producer price index for September is out Wednesday morning. The consumer price index report for September is out Thursday, which is expected to come in at up 8.1%, year-on-year, following a rise of 8.3% in August.

Technically, the gold futures bears have the solid overall near-term technical advantage and gained fresh power on momentum today. Bulls’ next upside price objective is to produce a close above solid resistance at the October high of $1,738.70. Bears' next near-term downside price objective is pushing futures prices below solid technical support at the September low of $1,622.20. First resistance is seen at $1,700.00 and then at today’s high of $1,707.40. First support is seen at $1,662.00 and then at $1,650.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 2.0

The silver bears have the slight overall near-term technical advantage. Silver bulls' next upside price objective is closing prices above solid technical resistance at the October high of $21.31. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid support at $18.00. First resistance is seen at $20.00 and then at today’s high of $20.21. Next support is seen at $19.25 and then at $19.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 4.5.

December N.Y. copper closed up 560 points at 344.35 cents today. Prices closed nearer the session high today. The copper bears have the overall near-term technical advantage. Copper bulls' next upside price objective is pushing and closing prices above solid technical resistance at the September high of 369.25 cents. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid technical support at the July low of 315.55 cents. First resistance is seen at 350.00 cents and then at the September high of 359.30 cents. First support is seen at last week’s low of 335.20 cents and then at the September low of 324.30 cents. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 3.0.

By Jim Wyckoff

For Kitco News

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Tim Moseley