Silver Price Forecast: XAG/USD stays on sidelines around $28.60 ahead of US Inflation data

May 15, 2024

LONDON (May 15) Silver price (XAG/USD) trades in a confined range around $28.60 in Wednesday’s European session. The white metal clings to gains inspired by the soft US Dollar, which fell sharply despite the release of the hot United States Producer Price Index (PPI) inflation report for April.

Annual PPI figures grew expectedly while monthly figures beat expectations. The US Dollar Index (DXY) dips sightly below 105.00. The appeal for dollar-denominated Silver improves due to soft Greenback. After the release of the PPI report, Federal Reserve (Fed) Jerome Powell commented that the overall data was mixed.

When asked about the inflation outlook, Powell ruled out the likelihood of more rate hikes but emphasized keeping the monetary policy restrictive for a longer period to bring inflation down. 10-year US Treasury yields drop further to 4.43% as traders remain confident that the Fed will start lowering interest rates from the September meeting. Generally, falling yields on interest-bearing assets reduce the opportunity cost of holding an investment in non-yielding assets, such as Silver.

Meanwhile, investors await the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) and monthly Retail Sales data for April, which will be published at 12:30 GMT. The economic indicators will significantly influence speculation for Fed rate cuts.

US consumer inflation has remained stubbornly higher in the first quarter of the year. A higher-than-projected US inflation report will deepen fears that the last mile to the 2% inflation road is significantly more persistent than what was previously anticipated.


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