Gold and silver prices are lower in midday U.S. dealings Thursday, on routine downside corrections following recent gains. Some profit-taking from the shorter-term futures traders was also featured today. A rebound in the U.S. dollar indextoday was also a negative daily element for the metals. Once again, it appears the two metals are tracking the U.S. stock indexes, which are lower at midday. June gold futureswere last down $27.00 an ounce at $1,725.00. July Comex silver prices were last down $0.556 at $17.47 an ounce.
Attitudes overall are still generally upbeat late this week as governments continue to reopen businesses that had been shuttered for weeks. Some sporting events have been scheduled to resume in the coming weeks and there are rising hopes autumn sports can be played.
Also supporting more positive trader and investor sentiment is the surprising rally in crude oil prices that sees Nymex crude oil trading above $34.00 a barrel Thursday morning. The strong rally in the oil market has caught most oil market watchers by surprise, given significantly reduced demand and still-burdensome global supplies. Just a few weeks ago Nymex May crude oil futures traded as low as -$40 a barrel just before the contract expired.
Global economic data for May is starting to improve from the dire numbers seen in April. The IHS Markit composite purchasing managers index (PMI) for May in the Euro zone rose to 30.5 in May from 13.6 in April. A reading below 50.0 suggests contraction. The U.K.’s PMI for the same period came in at 28.9 from 13.8. Japan’s PMI for the same period was 27.4 versus 25.8. Australia’s composite May PMI was 36.4 versus 21.7 in April.
5月份的全球经济数据开始好于4月份的糟糕数据。5月欧元区IHS Markit采购经理人指数(PMI)从4月的13.6升至30.5。低于50.0意味着经济萎缩。 英国美国制造业PMI为28.9，高于上年同期的13.8。日本的PMI为27.4，而同期为25.8。澳大利亚5月份综合PMI为36.4，低于4月份的21.7。
The other important outside markets see the yield on the benchmark U.S. Treasury 10-year note is currently around 0.67%.
Technically, June gold futures saw no chart damage occur today. The bulls still have the solid overall near-term technical advantage. Gold bulls' next upside near-term price objective is to produce a close above solid technical resistance at the April high of $1,788.80. Bears' next near-term downside price objective is pushing prices below solid technical support at $1,666.20. First resistance is seen at $1,735.00 and then at today’s high of $1,751.70. First support is seen at today’s low of $1,715.30 and then at $1,700.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 7.5
July silver futures saw a corrective and profit-taking pullback after hitting a nearly three-month high Wednesday. The silver bulls still have the firm overall near-term technical advantage. Silver bulls’ next upside price objective is closing prices above solid technical resistance at the February high of $19.07 an ounce. The next downside price breakout objective for the bears is closing prices below solid support at $16.50. First resistance is seen at $18.00 and then at this week’s high of $18.165. Next support is seen at today’s low of $17.26 and then at $17.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 7.0.
July N.Y. copper closed down 295 points at 243.05 cents today. Prices closed nearer the session low today and on profit taking after hitting a two-month high early on today. The copper bulls have the overall near-term technical advantage. Prices are in a two-month-old uptrend on the daily bar chart. Copper bulls' next upside price objective is pushing and closing prices above solid technical resistance at 255.00 cents. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid technical support at 230.00 cents. First resistance is seen at today’s high of 246.80 cents and then at 250.00 cents. First support is seen at 240.00 cents and then at 237.50 cents. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 6.5.