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Gold and Silver Liftoff as Dollar Dumped and North Korea Tests

Renewed dollar selling and a North Korean missile test supercharge gold and dragging silver higher.


Gold powers higher in early Asia, leaping from 1310 to 1325 at one stage as North Korea conducted a missile test that flew over Japan. Gold has pulled back since as USD/JPY, and the Nikkei regained some of their losses but still sits AT 1318.00, up 0.60% on the day. Risk aversion following this morning’s missile test should see gold bid on any dip from these levels.

The events of this morning have somewhat overshadowed gold’s performance in the New York session where gold proceeded directly to go and put in a monster 20 dollar rally from its opening 1290.00 level. Trump’s negative comments on the NAFTA renegotiation and no tightening signals from Jackson Hole see U.S. dollar selling renew with vigour in New York.

Gold broke the previous monthly high at 1301.00 with ease which will now become an intraday pivot level. The momentum of the rally is impressive although we note that the daily relative strength index is entering an overbought territory which may slow gold’s ascent temporarily in the absence of any more geopolitical tensions.

Nevertheless, with the U.S. dollar and stock markets under pressure, today gold should find support at 1310.00, and its initial target around  1337.00 is now well and truly in sight, perhaps sooner rather than later.


Silver also enjoyed an excellent overnight session, moving higher in a straight line from its 200-day moving average and daily support at 17.0400, some 40 cents to 17.4400. In the process taking out the top of its ascending triangle and initial resistance at 17.3900, now intra-day support, to close at 17.4500.

Silver’s next target now becomes the May high at 17.7600 with a daily close above here implying a technical move above  18.0000 is possible. Silver has had a more muted start in Asia than gold, trading slightly higher to 17.4800 in early trading.


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Jeffrey Halley

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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.
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