Supply concerns and uncertain market demand will weigh heavy on metals and mining. A hawkish U.S. Federal Reserve will also provide additional market forces on metals that could counter any bullish tailwinds.
“Demand uncertainty amid fears of global recession and interest rate hikes in the United States and Europe weighed on investors’ risk appetite,” a Mining Weekly article mentioned.
Of course, the Federal Reserve will continue to be a driving factor when it comes to market reactions these days. With inflation fears dissipating, but giving way to forecasts of a recession, it could provide a catalyst for metal mining.
That’s especially the case if a recession can spur more investors to the safety of precious metals. As such, this will have a spillover effect that should also prop up precious metals mining.
“The US dollar has found support in recent sessions as several Federal Reserve officials reiterated an aggressive monetary tightening stance ahead of the Fed’s Jackson Hole, Wyoming, symposium this week,” the article added. “A strong dollar typically places downward pressure on commodity prices as it becomes more expensive for non-US holders to buy.”
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