Anxiety over the US-China trade conflict and Brexit is keeping the yellow metal’s $1,200 perch alive, notwithstanding the evergreen buck trying to gain leverage against gold on the same fears…
Gold edges down to 1-week minimums on strengthening greenback
On Friday, gold sank to one-week minimums because positive American employment data gave further support to the evergreen buck, while news of an upcoming gathering between America and North-Korean leaders kept backing risk sentiment.
Gold futures slumped 0.38% hitting $1,317.1 a troy ounce.
Official data uncovered that in February the American economy managed to generate 313,000 jobs, surpassing hopes for 313,000. The unemployment rate was intact sticking to 4.1%, confounding hopes for a further dive to 4.0%.
Apart from that the report disclosed that average hourly earnings tacked on 0.1% in February, ruining hopes for a 0.2% jump.
Judging the greenback’s actual strength versus a basket of six leading currencies, the US dollar index rallied 0.17% being worth 90.27, which is the highest outcome since March 1.
Gold has always demonstrated high sensitivity to any moves in the dollar’s value. As a matter of fact, a stronger greenback makes gold more costly for keepers of foreign currency.
Additionally, market sentiment was spurred after on Thursday Donald Trump announced his readiness to accept an invitation to have a meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a hope to achieve 100% denuclearization.
Worries over a hypothetical global trade conflict because of American duties on steel and aluminum imports relieved after on Thursday President Trump signed a moderate version of the plan.
The US President imposed 25% duties on steel imports as well as 10% on aluminum. At the same time Mexico and Canada were granted exemptions.
Japan considered this move to be extremely crucial for the countries' close bilateral relationships. However, China found that decision absolutely unacceptable. As for South Korea, it reported its willingness to inform WTO against this move.
Besides this silver futures went down 0.52% on the Comex hitting $16.43 a troy ounce.
On Monday, gold slipped a bit because the USD index rallied to its highest value for more than 17 months, thus affecting gold’s demand…
On Friday, gold edged down due to the fact that inflation data indicated steady interest rate lifts by the primary US financial institution…
Safe havens such as gold and Japanese yen declined as investors sentiment was boosted by eased geopolitical tensions…
On Tuesday, the euro tacked on because market participants waited for reports on inflation and growth in the euro zone, while the Japanese yen went down after Japan’s major bank told it would be more flexible in its huge stimulus program…
On Tuesday, the evergreen buck dived because the common currency bounced off and the UK pound managed to ascend to the day’s maximums reacting to reports that British Prime Minister Theresa May is going to take control of Brexit talks…