Gold and silver prices are lower in early U.S. trading Wednesday, on some profit taking by the shorter-term futures traders following recent gains. Rising U.S. Treasury yields, weaker crude oil prices and a firmer U.S. dollar index at mid-week are daily negatives for the precious metals markets. February gold was last down $15.00 at $1,796.00 and March Comex silver was last down $0.266 at $22.855 an ounce.
Global stock markets were mixed overnight. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward slightly higher openings when the New York day session begins, and are at or near their record highs. Lackluster, low-volume trading is featured as the year 2021 winds down. Look for more quiet trading the rest of this week. Trader and investor attitudes are still mostly upbeat heading into year-end, and that’s also bearish for the safe-haven metals.
The key “outside markets” today see Nymex crude oil prices slightly down and trading around $75.50 a barrel. The U.S. dollar index is slightly higher early today. Meantime, the yield on the U.S. Treasury 10-year note is presently fetching 1.474%.
U.S. economic data due for release Wednesday includes advance economic indicators, pending home sales and the weekly DOE liquid energy stocks report.