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Silver Prices Forecast: Stable Amid Middle East Tensions, Inflation Worries

By:
James Hyerczyk
Published: Apr 15, 2024, 11:07 GMT+00:00

Key Points:

  • Silver climbs after Friday's dramatic sell-off, reflecting resilience
  • Investor interest in silver grows with ongoing geopolitical concerns
  • Silver's price increase signals strong market confidence
  • XAG/USD's potential uplift expected as economic indicators fluctuate
Silver Prices Forecast

In this article:

Rebounding from Early Session Weakness

Silver prices demonstrated resilience, climbing higher on Monday after initially faltering due to geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. This recovery came despite Iran’s significant military actions against Israel over the weekend, marking a rare direct conflict escalation in decades. Meanwhile, gold continued to exhibit stability, maintaining prices near record highs amidst global unrest.

At 10:42 GMT, XAG/USD is trading $28.37, up $0.48 or +1.73%.

Market Response to Middle East Tensions

The silver market reacted to the heightened geopolitical risks by rebounding from its drop last Friday, testing three-year highs near $29.80 per ounce. The initial sell-off was replaced by a moderate recovery as major global powers called for restraint, which provided some relief to the markets. In parallel, gold prices stayed robust, reflecting its enduring appeal as a safe-haven asset during times of crisis.

Dollar Strength and Economic Indicators

The U.S. dollar index remained relatively stable, hovering just below a recent 5-1/2 month peak. The strong dollar, generally a negative for precious metals as it makes them more expensive for holders of other currencies, was countered by ongoing U.S. inflation concerns. These concerns keep expectations of high U.S. interest rates, supporting both the dollar and investor interest in gold as an inflation hedge.

Investor Outlook and Treasury Yields

U.S. Treasury yields saw an uptick, driven by investor recalibration of expectations regarding economic growth and interest rates following recent U.S. inflation data. This week, attention is focused on upcoming U.S. economic reports and Federal Reserve officials’ statements, which are expected to provide further insights into the future monetary policy.

Short-Term Market Forecast

In the short term, the markets are expected to remain sensitive to developments in the Middle East and ongoing economic data releases. For gold, the scenario looks cautiously bullish. Despite the potential headwind from a stronger dollar, persistent inflation concerns are likely to sustain or even boost gold’s attractiveness as a protective asset against price rises. Silver, benefiting from its correlation with gold and industrial demand, could also see continued strength if investor sentiment remains geared towards safety amid uncertainty.

This analysis suggests a generally positive outlook for both silver and gold, as investors weigh ongoing geopolitical risks against economic indicators and central bank policies.

Technical Analysis

Daily Silver (XAG/USD)

Silver (XAG/USD) is trading higher on Monday even after confirming Friday’s closing price reversal top. Nonetheless, the earlier move did shift momentum to the downside.

A trade through $29.80 will signal a resumption of the uptrend, while a move through $27.53 will change the minor trend to down. This could lead to a further break into a pair of support levels at $26.90 and $26.17.

About the Author

James is a Florida-based technical analyst, market researcher, educator and trader with 35+ years of experience. He is an expert in the area of patterns, price and time analysis as it applies to futures, Forex, and stocks.

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