The release of crude oil inventories earlier today showed a surprise increase in the number of barrels.
Gold adds in Asia as US dollar index dives further
On Thursday, gold tacked on in Asia after an initial tiny revenue in the US dollar index was reversed and also favored purchasing of the dollar-denominated commodity with market participants still pondering over an evident switch in the American strong dollar policy by Steven Mnuchin, the US Treasury Secretary.
February delivery gold futures inched up 0.19% being worth $1,358.90 a troy ounce.
As for the US dollar index, it went down 0.06% rolling out a reading of 88.97.
On Thursday, in Davos Mnuchin will have an opportunity to give out a plausible clarification on a change from a long-standing firm dollar policy to a fresh approach.
Overnight, gold added abruptly underpinned by a tumble in the evergreen buck, while soaring fears of a US-China trade conflict powered a moderate leap in safe-haven demand.
The US currency was heavily pressured diving almost 1%, spurring demand for gold, right after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin indicated his endorsement of a low greenback.
The yellow metal reached the highest levels in 6 years amid the global risk aversion.
The yellow metal could not stay for a long time near the $1,401 level.
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