Gold and silver prices are higher in early morning U.S. trading Monday, with gold notching a three-month high. The precious metals gains to start the trading week come as global stock markets are stumbling a bit and as the crypto currency markets are taking a bigger hit. Bullish technical charts for gold and silver have the metals bulls confident at present. June gold futures were last up $11.60 at $1,849.60 and July Comex silver was last up $0.35 at $27.71 an ounce.
Reports overnight said money flows are moving back into the SPDR Gold Trust exchange traded fund—possibly due in part to the crypto currencies become more wobbly recently.
Global stock markets were mostly weaker overnight. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward modestly lower openings when the New York day session begins. The discussion in the marketplace continues to be on whether inflationary pressures will grow to levels that create economic distress down the road. The line coming from the Federal Reserve at present is that rising inflation is only a “transitory” matter. However, other economists and market analysts say inflation cannot help but become problematic in the coming months and point to strong evidence in place already, including generally rising raw commodity prices.
In overnight news, China reported more generally strong economic data Monday, as industrial output in April was up 9.8%, year-on-year, while retail sales were up 17.7% in the period. The retail sales figure was less than forecast. These numbers coming out of the world’s second-largest economy certainly land in the higher-inflation camp.
The key outside markets today see the U.S. dollar index steady-weak. Meantime, Nymex crude oil prices are lower and trading around $65.00 a barrel. The yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note is presently fetching around 1.625%.
U.S. economic data due for release Monday includes the Empire State manufacturing survey, the NAHB housing market index, and Treasury international capital data.