(Kitco News) - Gold prices are moderately lower in early U.S. trading Wednesday on more technical chart consolidation. Traders await what is arguably the most important U.S. economic report of the week due out Wednesday afternoon. The gold and silver bears are maintaining their overall near-term technical advantage. June Comex gold last traded down $9.20 at $1,577.20 an ounce. Spot gold was last quoted down $7.10 at $1,578.50. May Comex silver last traded down $0.256 at $27.63 an ounce.