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Gold prices fell this week but managed to hold and settle above the key 200 day moving average. Geo-political uncertainties were one of the reasons that prices didn't slip much further along with a slightly weaker reading on first quarter GDP released this morning. While June gold posted modestlosses of $20.80 for the week, Silver was the big loser posting a loss of 60 cents or 4 percent weekly loss as recent all -time record long positions as of early Aprilcontinue to be liquidated. Next weekwill be a busy week for investors as the Fed begins a two day meetingon Tuesdaywith a policy announcement on Wednesday which is followed by the monthly non-farm payrolls Friday. Geo-political events will be followed of course with the French Presidentialelection next weekend. First and foremost though aside from anything else entering into the market it will be the Fed's purview of the economy and on rates that will ultimately drive prices and therefore trend going forward. The market has discounted any rate hike in May and will wait for the Fed's commentary on whether June is viable for the years second rate hike. its important to note that May has been the worst performing month for gold over the last five years, so in my opinion, gold will have to be fed dovish commentary from the Fed, at best a tepid jobs report next Friday, and for geo-political rhetoric and saber rattling to remain in the news cycle. It appears that Congress avoided a government shutdown by coming to a deal. If one were to play anything to the long side at this point as far as metals are concerned I would consider buying a July Silver19.00 call for 8 cents or better. those wanting gold, look to buy the June Gold 1300-1330 call spread for 3 points or $300.00 plus all commissions and fees.

My weekly swing numbers for both June Gold and July Silver come in as follows for next week. For June Gold, support is down at 1259.2 and below there at 1250.3. Resistance is up at 1278.5 and then up at 1288.9.For July Silver support is down at 1695.2and then down at 1664.6. Resistance is up at 1779.7 and then up at 1833.6.

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Sean Lusk

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Sean Lusk is a registered commodity broker and Director of the Commercial Hedging Division of Walsh Trading in Chicago. Sean began in the business as a runner on the trading floor during summer breaks from college in 1993. Upon his graduation from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1996, Sean began his career on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). Overseeing billions of dollars of transactions working as a clerk in the Eurodollar pit, Sean took the next step and became a floor broker and member of the CME in 2003. He handled customer orders for banks and investment houses from all over the world from inside the Libor pit at the CME.

Now, at Walsh Trading, Sean utilizes his experience in the marketplace and his professional client service skills to aid and assist customers in their trading endeavors.  

He writes daily and weekly commentaries focusing on both the Precious Metals and Agricultural Markets along with related market activity.

Sean has been quoted in various media outlets discussing futures markets. 

These include:

 

  • Futures Magazine
  • Reuters
  • Forbes
  • Kitco
  • Nikkei Press
  • CCTV.com

 

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