Silver Prices Forecast: US Economic Might Casts Shadow on XAG/USD’s Shine
- Silver bracing for weekly decline.
- U.S. economic data supports dollar’s rise.
- Mixed sentiments from Federal Reserve officials.
Silver’s Uneasy Tango with the Dollar
In a climate where the U.S. Dollar asserts dominance, silver (XAG/USD) has experienced turbulence. While it surged briefly on Friday, the metal braces itself for a weekly drop. Traders are sidestepping the anticipated pause by the Federal Reserve, choosing to focus on consistent U.S. economic fortitude instead.
U.S. Economy’s Strength
Consistently encouraging U.S. economic indicators spell a positive tale for the dollar, marking its most extended weekly gain in nearly a decade. Data reveals an uptick in the U.S. services sector this August, and jobless claims are at their lowest since February. As Germany’s industrial production dwindles, the U.S. emerges as the robust anchor in the global economy.
Federal Reserve’s Approach
The Fed’s aggressive stance against inflation has seen the benchmark lending rate skyrocket 11 times in 18 months, levels unseen in 22 years. Despite this, the summer brought a slower pace in hikes. Current sentiments indicate a high likelihood of a continued pause in September. Dallas Fed President, Lorie Logan, however, highlights the constant need for readiness, given the ever-present inflation threat. Concurrently, Fed Governor Christopher Waller’s comments hint at a cautious approach, factoring in a potentially weakening job market.
Voices from the Fed
High U.S. interest rates are combating inflation effectively, but the journey might not be over. Several Federal Reserve officials, including Logan and Waller, have communicated a mix of caution and readiness. Logan’s endorsement for a September pause is resonated by Waller, who leans towards a data-driven approach. New York Fed President, John Williams, takes a balanced stance, emphasizing the balance in supply and demand. On the brighter side, Chicago Fed President Austan Goolsbee believes there’s an opportunity for a ‘soft landing’ without sliding into a recession.
Silver’s allure wanes, facing a strengthening U.S. dollar and the looming possibility of more rate hikes. When contrasted with Treasury bonds’ rising yields, the immediate outlook for silver leans bearishly. All eyes are on the Federal Reserve for the next steps in this economic dance.
Silver XAU/USD currently trades at 23.06, precisely the same as the previous 4-hour price. It stands below both the 200-4H and 50-4H moving averages, at 23.66 and 23.97, respectively, indicating a potential bearish momentum. The 14-4H RSI reading of 30.57 suggests the commodity is in an oversold condition, hinting at a potential rebound.
While the price remains above the main support area (22.70 to 22.28), it is considerably below the main resistance (25.00 to 25.27). Given the commodity’s current position relative to its moving averages and the oversold RSI, the market sentiment leans bearish, but a bounce-back is possible due to the oversold conditions.