Gold and silver may be looking to make some big moves at the end of this week, as the heavyweight of inflation data is released.
US inflation is released on Thursday, and investors will immediately be trying to determine what the results and the subsequent commentary from Fed officials could mean for gold and silver.
More forceful and frequent commentary from Fed officials concerning an initial rate hike greater than 0.25% could significantly move the gold and silver markets. For now, this is a scenario that is largely dismissed when put to Fed officials like Cleveland Federal Reserve President Loretta Mester. However, Atlanta Federal Reserve President Raphael Bostic appears more receptive to the idea, so the possibility of a 50bp hike is definitely on the table, especially if US inflation data records something closer to 8.00%.
A more aggressive rate hike of 0.50% from the Fed could have diametric consequences for the price of gold and silver. The direction gold and silver take depends on investors' sentiment concerning whether they believe the Fed is being unreasonably aggressive.
Golds recent trading pattern has set some clear support and resistance zones. Price levels that should be paid attention to for clean breaks above or below include US $1,831.00 and US $1835.50. Further afield, the levels US $1,825.60 and US $1,838.50, should be kept in the back of traders' minds for extra volatile markets. At the time of writing, XAUUSD is trading at US $1,834.00.
An analysis of the price of silver is more complicated without some nice support and resistance levels to reference. We will turn to the moving averages for this metal to find where silver may find some resistance in a bullish environment. XAG is currently trading at US $23.23 per ounce, immediately beneath the 20 and 50-day moving average, which have converged at approximately US $23.25. This is not a strong resistance as the RSI is on the side of some upwards momentum. But it would be prudent to note these price levels in conjunction with the 200-day moving average, which is at US $23.13.