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Blog posts of '2023' 'October'

Zaner Daily Precious Metals Commentary

The early action in gold this morning is disappointing with an expansion of tensions in the Middle East overnight with Yemeni Huthis attacking Israel and Saudi Arabia launching an attack against Yemen.

This comes as the Israelis clinched the key thoroughfare that connects northern Gaza with the south.

The bull camp should be further deflated from the lack of gains this morning following declines in the dollar and a surprising and massive single-day gold ETF inflow of 690,904 ounces yesterday...[MORE]

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Gold heads for biggest monthly rise since November on MidEast conflict

Oct 31 (Reuters) - Gold steadied on Tuesday on caution ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting this week, but held on track for its biggest monthly rise since November last year as the Israel-Hamas war boosted safe-haven bets.

Spot gold was unchanged at $1,996.11 per ounce by 0910 GMT, having spiked as high as $2,009.29 on Friday. U.S. gold futures were also steady at $2,005.80...[LINK]

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Grant on Gold – October 30, 2023

Gold remains well bid after trading above $2000 on Friday for the first time since May. The yellow metal continues to be supported by flight-to-quality flows stemming largely from high geopolitical tensions.

Spot Gold Daily Chart through 10/30/2023
Spot Gold Daily Chart through 10/30/2023

With the IDF expanding ground operations into the Gaza Strip, there is growing concern that Iran may prompt Hezbollah, its proxy in the north, to open a second front against Israel. According to an op-ed in Monday’s Wall Street Journal, “Tehran can’t sit back and watch Israel obliterate Hamas.”

In an effort to quell the potential for expansion to a broader regional conflict, the U.S. continues to deploy additional troops and advisors to the area. Iranian-backed militias have already perpetrated attacks against U.S. forces in Syria and Iraq.

While the war in the Middle East seems to have pushed Ukraine from the headlines, that war rages on as well. Russia launched an offensive this month in an effort to take the town of Avdiivka in the contested Donbas region. Both sides are reportedly experiencing heavy losses.

Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu speaking at a defense forum in Beijing accused the U.S. of stoking geopolitical tensions and warned of the risk of conflict between nuclear-armed countries. “Having provoked an acute crisis in Europe, the West is seeking to spread conflict potential to the Asia-Pacific region, and in several directions,” said Shoigu.

Robust U.S. economic data may be tempering the upside for gold amid rising concerns that the Fed may hike rates again before year-end. Advance Q3 GDP came in at a blistering 4.9% pace, the fastest pace in nearly 2 years.

Consumer spending is the driving force, but analysts wonder how long it can last. Evidence suggests that savings are being depleted and consumers are increasingly turning to credit cards.

The average APR on retail credit cards hit a new all-time high of 28.93% according to Bankrate. Even bank cards are approaching 30% APR for those with less than pristine credit ratings.

A CFPB report found that credit card companies charged borrowers a record-high $130 bln in interest and fees in 2022. Total credit card debt is now more than $1 trillion, while total household debt exceeded $17 trillion at the end of Q2.

American consumers are seemingly following the lead of their government, which has accumulated more than $30 trillion in debt. Spending what you do not have is de rigueur, putting the Fed in a bit of a bind.

 Silver

Silver closed down 1.16% last week, ending the string of higher weekly closes at two. The white metal is not garnering the same haven interest as gold, focusing instead on the economic uncertainty associated with war along with the rest of the commodity complex.

Spot Silver Daily Chart through 10/30/2023
Spot Silver Daily Chart through 10/30/2023

The rally since the beginning of the Middle East conflict has stalled in a range where the major moving averages have converged. The old range that held for much of the summer between $26.14 and $22.11 is back in play.

Selling silver in a flight-to-quality environment is not a particularly attractive play. Look for at least a slight upward bias to persist, particularly if the Fed remains on hold. If gold pushes higher toward new all-time highs, investors may well turn to silver as a less-expensive alternative.

A rebound above the $24.05 Fibonacci level would set a more favorable tone within the range, shifting focus to the $25.27 high from 17-Jul.

A retreat below $22.00 would suggest potential for further retracement to $21.57.

PGMs

 Platinum jumped nearly 3.5% on Monday, adding to gains seen over the previous three weeks. The breach of nearby technical levels may have sparked the gains, sending platinum back above the midpoint of the Covid-era range as well as the 100-day SMA.

Spot Platinum Daily Chart through 10/30/2023
Spot Platinum Daily Chart through 10/30/2023

A Bloomberg article over the weekend suggested that traders and banks were showing renewed interest in Russian metals. This may be impacting prices favorably at least initially even though in theory it could conceivably increase the supply of PGMs.

Palladium is off the 5-year low set last week, but upticks appear to be corrective in nature. The trend remains definitively bearish.

 

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Zaner Daily Precious Metals Commentary

Gold futures gapped higher this morning to a new post-Hamas attack high of $2,004.

Gold positioning in the Commitments of Traders for the week ending October 24th showed Managed Money traders net bought 48,815 contracts and are now net long 90,682 contracts. Non-commercial & non-reportable traders were net long 169,754 contracts after increasing their already long position by 43,725 contracts.

With the December gold contract into the high Friday sitting $37 above the level where the last positioning report was measured, the net spec and fund long is only the highest since July...[MORE]

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Gold slips from $2,000 mark as focus shifts to Fed meeting

Oct 30 (Reuters) -Gold prices slipped from the key $2,000 level on Monday, as investors positioned cautiously ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy meeting this week, while safe-haven demand due to the Middle East conflict provided a floor.

Spot gold was down 0.6% at $1,993.71 per ounce by 0936 GMT. U.S. gold futures rose 0.3% to $2,003.50...[LINK]

 
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Zaner Daily Precious Metals Commentary

In retrospect, action in gold this week has been very impressive as the market has held its ground in the face of periodic and significant outside market headwinds from the flow of periodic higher treasury yields and a consistently strong dollar which might have shifted back into an uptrend.

However, the Middle East flight to quality factor remains in place, and with US airstrikes in Syria, residual fear of the launch of a ground war, possible terrorist attacks inside Israel, or signs that the Palestinians get military aid from Arabs.

Estimates for the core month-over-month PCE report call for an uptick from the prior month which should provide the dollar with support to finish the trading week in conclusion in a vacuum of financial market influences gold and silver could be formal to liquidation...[MORE]

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Safe-haven demand sets gold for third weekly gain on Mideast tensions

Oct 27 (Reuters) -Gold prices were set to mark their third straight weekly rise on Friday as a risk averse mood due to the ongoing Middle East conflict pushed investors to the safety of bullion, while investors also awaited key U.S. consumption figures.

Spot gold was steady at $1,985.30 per ounce by 0950 GMT. U.S. gold futures fell 0.1% to $1,996.20...[LINK]

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