Gold and Silver Back Away from Key Resistance as Bullish Momentum Eases

May 16, 2024 9:21 pm

Gold, Silver Analysis

  • Gold starts the week on the back foot with the US CPI the main focus
  • Silver respects zone of resistance ahead of US CPI
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Gold volatility, measured by the Gold Volatility Index (GVZ) shot up ahead of last weekend but has eased lower to start the week. It could be argued that markets priced in a bit of caution as the Israel Defence Force advanced into Rafah, resulting in a late bid in precious metals.

30-day implied volatility revealed a lift higher and still remains relatively elevated. Current levels, however, fall some way short of the panic which ensued when US regional banks got into trouble back in March 2023.

Gold Volatility (GVZ) Chart


Source: TradingView, prepared by Richard Snow

Gold Starts the Week on the Back Foot with US CPI the Main Focus

Gold has witnessed a noticeable drop on the first trading day of the week – which isn’t all that surprising seeing that US CPI is due on Wednesday and Jerome Powell speaks on Tuesday. The precious metal appears to have tagged trendline resistance before pulling lower at the end of last week and continuing in that vein on Monday.

Since the recent all-time high, gold has largely pulled back as traders and investors weigh their next moves. US Data has softened, particularly the jobs market as NFP missed the estimate and last week’s initial jobless claims printed notably higher than prior figures. This provides a more dovish view of the dollar as upside potential appears limited in the event inflation eased in April. A lower dollar tends to support gold prices but gold has risen and declined in line with the dollar – in contrast to the usual inverse relationship observed between the two.

Should bears bring down gold prices from here, $2,319.50 presents the immediate level of support, followed by the swing low at $2,277. Upside targets appear at the resistance zone around $2,360 and trendline resistance.

Gold (XAU/USD) Daily Chart


Source: TradingView, prepared by Richard Snow


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Silver Respects Zone of Resistance Ahead of US CPI

Silver, like gold, has enjoyed a longer-term bullish move and has also failed to retest the recent high. $28.40 proved to be a challenge for the most recent bullish advance as price action approached the zone late last week only to drop back beneath it. The zone emerged during the years of 2020 to 2021, where a consistent rejection of higher prices could be seen in the broader area.

The next level of significance to the downside emerges at the 78.6% Fibonacci retracement ($27.41), followed by the swing low at $26.00. The RSI also appears to have rounded, heading lower for now. Upside targets would require a new catalyst and US inflation may help it get there but early estimates assume cost pressures will show further signs of easing in April, which may weigh on the precious metal. Resistance remains at $28.40 with the all-time high of $29.80 requiring a substantial influence to tag the significant level.

Silver (XAG/USD) Daily Chart


Source: TradingView, prepared by Richard Snow

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