The US dollar index has declined 6% since its peak in mid-March.
This decline gave a boost to commodities and, of course, precious metals were not left behind. However, their upside moves look anything but impressive. Despite the weaker dollar, it seems as if precious metals are having a hard time moving away from their lows:
Gold prices rose a shy 6% since mid-May. The yellow metal is still near record lows.
A bit more encouraging is the move silver is making, up 12% since mid-May. The gray metal, however, is still near record lows as well. The metal is trading at $17.71/oz and we’ll see if it can break medium-term resistance at $18.5/oz.
Platinum is up 7%. A very small movement compared to its huge decline since summer last year. The metal has a long way up to reach last year’s levels.
Palladium rose 8% after making a 1-year low in March. Palladium is clearly the best performer among precious metals but since summer of last year is also being dragged down with the rest of precious metals.
What This Means For Metal Buyers
Recent weakness in the dollar is giving a boost to precious metals. However, these price movements have been quite shy so far. It still makes sense to be long-term bullish on the dollar and bearish on precious metals.