Gold and silver prices are trading moderately higher in midday action Thursday. Both metals are looking to a wobbly U.S. stock market for direction. A big morning sell off in U.S. equities pushed the safe-haven metals to daily highs but then when the stock market erased its losses gold and silver retraced about half of their early solid gains. The gold and silver markets will continue to look to the U.S. stock market for near-term direction. December gold futures were last up $7.40 an ounce at 1,515.30. December Comex silver prices were last up $0.017 at $17.70 an ounce.

There was some weak U.S. economic data released this morning that sent the U.S. stock market reeling. The ISM non-manufacturing index for September came in at 52.6 versus expectations for a reading of 55.3. The news followed downbeat U.S. manufacturing data released Tuesday.

There are still global economic growth and trade worries hanging over the world marketplace after some dour manufacturing data coming out of the U.S. and European Union earlier this week.


A World Trade Organization trade-dispute decision in favor of the U.S. over the European Union on aircraft has rattled European markets, as the U.S. then announced late Wednesday it will levy new import tariffs on EU products coming into the U.S.

In another sign of very low and even worrisomely low inflation in most of the world’s major economies, the Euro zone today reported its August producer price index down 0.5% from July and down 0.8%, year-on-year.

Traders are also awaiting Friday’s morning’s employment situation report for September from the U.S. Labor Department. Friday’s key non-farm payrolls number is forecast to be up 145,000 in September.

The U.S. dollar index is lower in midday U.S. trading. The USDX hit a contract and two-year high earlier this week. Look for the greenback to continue to appreciate for at least the near term. Meantime, Nymex crude oil prices are lower at midday and trading around $52.00 a barrel. Oil prices are in a steep slide from the spike high scored in September.
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