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Silver Dips to 2-Week Low as U.S-China Trade Talks Continue

Kenny Fisher

Silver prices are lower on Wednesday, following the downward trend seen on Tuesday. In the European session, silver is trading at $17.27, down $0.14, or 0.80% on the day. Earlier in the day, the white metal slipped to $17.21, its lowest level since October 3.

Stocks Up, Silver Down

Risk appetite rose on Tuesday, as investors are somewhat optimistic that the U.S. and China will reach a limited trade agreement. The “Phase 1” deal would be the first of up to three mini-agreements, allowing the sides to postpone dealing with thorny issues such as forced technology transfers to another time. The Trump administration has canceled tariffs that were scheduled to take effect this week. Still, the U.S. has yet to remove a new 15% tariff scheduled to commence on December 15 on $160 billion worth of Chinese goods. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said this week that he expects a deal to be reached, which would cancel those tariffs. Investors have responded by buying equities, while precious metals have lost ground. Silver prices have been fairly steady in the month of October, but that could quickly change, based on developments in the U.S-China talks.

There is added pressure on China to show more flexibility in the negotiations, as the Chinese economy has been the big loser in the trade war with the U.S. In September, Chinese exports to the U.S. declined by 22%, on an annualized basis. The Chinese manufacturing sector is sputtering, as the Chinese Manufacturing PMI has pointed to contraction for the past four months.

Silver Technical Analysis

Silver is currently showing some downward movement, but the metal has remained close to the 17.50 line for most of October. The 50-EMA is at 17.46, but it is the 200-EMA at 16.90 which could become relevant, if the downward movement continues. On the upside, the round number of 18.00 has remained intact since late September.  

This article was originally posted on FX Empire