Gold and silver bounce off support, but still lack sparkle
Head of Commodity Strategy
Summary: Precious metals are hardly glistening at present with gold range-bound and awaiting stimulus while silver is hitting lows last seen in 2016.
Britain’s Brexit agreement, which was approved by PM May’s cabinet yesterday following a very long meeting, has so far today led to the resignation of three ministers. These developments have seen the dollar regain some of the ground, especially against the euro and sterling, that was lost yesterday when the greenback weakened in response to muted US inflation data and not least comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Powell. In a speech he highlighted the current strength of the US economy while also saying that it could face headwinds next year. The 3-month Eurodollar futures curve flattened further as the expected peak in short-term rates has now seen a 15bp (EDH0) decline during the past week.
Global trade tensions have eased but by no means gone away after Chinese officials outlined a series of potential concessions to the Trump administration. While still falling well short of US demands it highlights the first attempt in months to resolve the trade war. Trump and Xi Jinping are scheduled to meet at the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires in late November and as we approach the date financial markets will anxiously be looking for signs of a breakthrough.
In response to these developments the Chinese renminbi has managed to string together three consecutive days of gains but at 6.94 to the dollar it remains precariously close to the key psychological level of 7 dollars. Since April, gold ‘s fortune has risen and mostly fallen in response to movements in the yuan with both down by more than 10% during this time.
For now gold remains range-bound and unable to establish a renewed run to the upside. For that to happen we need to see one or more of the following: a geopolitical event, a weaker dollar, a dovish shift in US monetary policy or a prolonged and major sell-off in equities. Resistance remains at $1,240/oz while a break below $1,200/oz could leave it exposed to additional short-term weakness.