Gold and Silver On Shaky Ground

A rampant U.S. has gold longs watching long-term support nervously while silver, although still shakey, continues to outperform relatively. 

Gold

Gold’s incipient recovery came to an abrupt end overnight as the rally stopped dead at 1282.00 before gold plunged to close at 1267.00 in New York. It wilted in the face of a rampant U.S. dollar as the dollar index climbed by 1.20% overnight. In the process the 100-day moving average finally gave way on a closing basis, having held gold sell-offs for the week to leave gold poised dangerously near longer-term support.

How gold finishes the week will now be entirely at the whim of the U.S. dollar and U.S. yields with little to no geopolitical safe haven premium left in the price. The futures market is still constructively long the yellow metal, and this will continue to weigh on prices as fresh buyers appear to be few and far between.

Gold is unchanged at 1266.25 this morning with trendline resistance at 1272.50 followed by the 100-day moving average at 1275.50 and a triple daily top at 1284.00. The overnight low at 1265.80 is nearby support with a break opening up a possible test of 1260.00. This level is now crucial technical support being the October low and also the 200-day moving average. A daily close below this level may well see a lot of the long futures positioning deciding to hoist the white flag and head for the exit door.

Gold Daily

Silver

Silver tells much the same story as it to, fell through its 100-day moving average which had supported the price for the last seven days. Unlike gold though, silver has more technical support, and its selloff has been much less dramatic than golds.  It may be because the level of speculative long positioning in the futures markets is substantially lower than golds.

Silver fell from 17.0475 to 16.7900 overnight and has continued to drift slightly lower in Asia to 16.7630. The 100-day moving average is now resistance at 16.8620, and it has formed a double top above at 17.04750 with the 200-day moving average behind this at 17.1925.

Support can be found initially at the overnight low of 16.7500. This is followed by a series of daily lows at 16.5375 as well as the 50% retracement at 16.5700. This should form substantial support, at least initially. Below this is the October low at 16.3270 and then the 61.80% retracement at 16.1900.

Silver Daily

This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.

Jeffrey Halley

Jeffrey Halley

Senior Currency Analyst
Based in Singapore, Jeffrey has over 25 years experience in the financial markets, having traded currencies, options, precious metals and futures. Jeffrey started his career at Barclays Bank in New Zealand. However he has spent most of it in London and Asia.Jeffrey focuses on the Asia time zone across asset classes. A regular commentator on business news TV and Radio, he is originally from New Zealand and holds an MBA from Cass Business School, London.