Gold, silver and copper are treading water in European hours as markets wait for the first bit of stage-setting economic data ahead of Friday’s much-anticipated speech from Ben Bernanke at the Jackson Hole central bank symposium, which many hope will bring an announcement of QE3. Crude oil is outperforming amid supply fears as Hurricane Isaac enters the Gulf of Mexico.
The Dallas Fed Manufacturing Survey is in focus on the calendar, with expectations calling for a narrow improvement in August after the metric hit a 10-month low in July. Such a result may turn the markets’ attention to the recent improvement in US economic data, denting stimulus bets. This is likely to dent inflation-hedge demand and weigh on gold and silver. It may likewise punish copper amid a breakout of broad-based risk aversion.
Comex E-Mini Copper (NY Close): $3.484 // -0.008 // -0.23%
Prices are drifting higher after clearing resistance at a falling trend line set from early April and a horizontal barrier at 3.442. The bulls now target 3.535, a range top dating to late May reinforced by the top of a rising channel set from the Aug. 2 low. A push higher beyond that initially exposes 3.618. The 3.442 level has been recast as near-term support. A reversal back below that targeting the 3.386-402 area.
WTI Crude Oil (NY Close): $97.26 // +0.42 // +0.43%
Prices are consolidating between resistance at 97.82, the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement, and support at 95.41, the Feb. 2 low. A break downward initially targets the 50% Fib at 93.90. Alternatively, a push higher through resistance exposes a falling trend line set from the late-February swing top, now at 99.22, as well as the psychologically significant $100/barrel figure.