This week started with the talk of the United States banning Russian oil exports, so XBR/USD saw $130 a barrel. Then the ban became reality. What does it really mean for the market?
Gold dives in Asia as market waits for Fed minutes
On Wednesday, gold eased in Asia ahead of minutes from the major US bank due later in the day. The highly anticipated report is believed to demonstrate a mostly hawkish stance on the necessity for a December rate lift and into next year.
December delivery gold futures tumbled 0.27% trading at $1,290.1 a troy ounce.
Overnight, gold rallied for the second day in a row underpinned by ongoing dollar weakness. Additionally, everlasting political tensions between America and North Korea raised market sentiment.
Gold’s quite bullish start to the trading week kept unrolling because safe-haven demand was still elevated amid everlasting geopolitical uncertainty on the Korean Peninsula. Meanwhile, dollar weakness backed an uptick in demand for the number one precious commodity.
Gains in the yellow precious metal were capped after the Catalan government Carles Puigdemont told he was eager to postpone any formal declaration of independence, thus relieving geopolitical uncertainty in the region.
US Energy Information Administration will reveal Crude oil inventories on February 9, 17:30 GMT+2.
On Wednesday, February 2, during the day, members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) will discuss a range of issues regarding energy markets and, most importantly, agree on how much oil they will produce.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics will announce the updated Unemployment Rate and Employment Change data on Thursday, May 19, at 04:30 MT.
The UK Office for National Statistics will publish Consumer Price Index (CPI) data on Wednesday, May 18, at 09:00 MT.
The US Census Bureau will announce Core Retail Sales and Retail Sales on Tuesday, May 17 at 15:30 MT.