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Gold and Silver Latest Outlooks – Treading Water as US Jobs Report (NFP) Looms Large

The US dollar is drifting lower in early trade as US yields slip, but the greenback’s technical outlook remains bullish for now. All eyes now are on Friday’s US Jobs Report.

Longer-dated US Treasury yields remain elevated but have given back a few basis points today after this week’s sharp rise. The supply/demand imbalance seen in longer-dated USTs has driven yields higher as the remaining buyers continue to demand more yield to take on American debt in the face of increased issuance.

Short-end US Treasury yields remain underpinned by the current 500-525 Fed Fund rate and warnings by various hawkish central bank members that another 25 basis point hike is likely this year, especially if the US labor market remains robust. Tomorrow’s US NFP report will be closely watched by US bond traders.

The US dollar remains in an uptrend ahead of tomorrow’s jobs report with any past pullbacks used as a buying opportunity. A break below 105.48 would put this trend in doubt.

The technical outlook for gold remains negative despite being oversold. Eight red candles in a row has pushed the precious metal into oversold territory, using the CCI indicator, which may allow for a period of consolidation, but a short-term bearish pennant pattern is warning of further downside. Support seen just above $1,800/oz. and the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement at $1,794/oz.

Source: DailyFX