Gold weaker; “volatility collapse” portends bigger price move soon

Gold prices are modestly lower in midday U.S. trading Wednesday, in more subdued mid-summer trading. However, there has been a “collapse in volatility” on the daily bar chart, which suggests a significantly bigger price move is on the horizon in gold—possibly yet this week. Given that gold prices are trending lower on the daily chart, odds favor that bigger price move being on the downside. Improved trader/investor risk appetite this week is keeping buyers in the safe-haven metals mostly standing on the sidelines. August gold futures were last down $4.90 at $1,705.80. September Comex silver futures were last up $0.042 at $18.76 an ounce.

Global stock markets were mostly higher overnight. U.S. stock indexes are firmer near midday. The U.S. stock index bulls are having a good week so far and have restarted near-term price uptrends on the daily charts. Corporate earnings reports are on the front burner of the stock markets this week. Otherwise, its summertime doldrums trading amid a lack of major, fresh news.

Traders and investors are looking ahead to Thursday when the European Central Bank holds its regular monetary policy meeting. The ECB is expected to raise interest rates for the first time in 11 years, with many market watchers looking for a 0.5% rate increase. The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to raise its key interest rate by at least 0.75% at next week’s FOMC meeting.