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Gold prices set to rise for 7th straight week; silver eyes highest finish in a year

Date Published: April 14, 2023

Gold futures headed lower on Friday, but look likely to score a seventh straight weekly gain a day after posting their second-highest settlement on record.

Silver futures, meanwhile, eyed their highest finish in about a year as expectations that the Federal Reserve may soon halt its campaign of interest rate rises provided a lift to precious-metals prices this week.

Price action
  • Gold futures for June delivery
    GC00,
    -2.00%

    GCM23,
    -2.00%

    fell by $18.10, or 0.9%, to $2,037.20 per ounce on Comex. Prices for the front-month contract traded around 0.6% higher for the week, poised for a seventh straight week rise, FactSet data show.

  • Silver futures for May delivery
    SI00,
    -1.89%

    SIK23,
    -1.89%

    gained 7.5 cents, or 0.3%, to $26 per ounce, poised for their highest finish since April 2022. It trades about 3.7% higher for the week.

  • Palladium futures for June delivery
    PAM23,
    -0.27%

    rose $6.40, or 0.4%, to $1,502 per ounce, while platinum futures for July delivery
    PLN23,
    -1.04%

    declined by $3.50, or 0.3%, to $1,062 per ounce.

  • Copper futures for May delivery
    HGK23,
    -0.34%

    gained 5.8 cents, or 1.4%, to $4.182 per pound.

Market drivers

Gold futures on Thursday shot to their highest levels since Aug. 6 2020, closing in on the all-time settlement high from that date of $2,069.40, as a softening U.S. dollar, recession fears and expectations that the Federal Reserve will soon end its campaign of interest rate rises have bolstered demand for precious metals.

Gold has benefitted from central bank gold buying, further weakness in the U.S, “inflation is not going away with economies heading into recession, historic geopolitical shifts taking place — which threaten to dethrone the U.S. dollar as the global reserve currency — and many unknown risks which stem from higher rates,” said Peter Spina, president of GoldSeek.com.

At the moment, it’s “very difficult to say gold is ready to breakout to new highs in the coming days, or if it will take some weeks to consolidate below record highs and then make another push higher,” said Spina, in recent comments. “The market is overbought short-term.”

Still, “with prospects of rate hikes ending, inflation is not coming down to the 2% target, and an economy looking to enter into contraction phase, the stagflationary scenario looks to be coming into play,” he said. “This is the most bullish of bullish scenarios for gold. Where real interest rates are negative and there are very few sectors seeing any growth.”

Traders have been keeping an eye on U.S. economic data for signs of a slowdown that may lead the Fed to pause or end its efforts to tame inflation by lifting interest rates.

Spina pegged the initial upside target, once gold hits record highs, at $2,300 to $2,500, with a potential to see a rise as high as $2,7000 “as Western buyers join many parts of the world buying gold.”

Data released Friday showed U.S. sales at retailers fell more than expected, by 1% in March. U.S. industrial production, however, rose 0.4% in March, above Wall Street expectations for a 0.2% gain.

A survey of consumer sentiment from the University of Michigan, meanwhile, edged up to 63.5 in April, from 62 in march

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