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 heads south on strengthening evergreen buck
On Monday, gold went down, sailing away from a three-and-a-half week maximum. That’s due to the fact that the major American currency was underpinned by Friday's sturdy American housing sector data.
As for trading volumes, they were supposed to remain quite restricted because on Monday American markets were unavailable due to Presidents' Day.
On the Comex stock exchange gold futures sank 0.37% being worth $1,351.1 per troy ounce, which is off Friday's three-and-a-half week maximum of $1,364.4.
The major American currency managed to strengthen after data on Friday uncovered that in the United States homebuilding went up to more than a one-year peak in January. In addition to these building permits in this country inched up to their highest value since 2007.
The positive report offset fresh worries as for the deficit in the United States, which is supposed to edged up approximately $1 trillion next year following the fresh announcement of infrastructure spending as well as large corporate tax reductions.
The key American currency gained support right after on Wednesday the US Commerce Department informed that consumer prices inched up more than anticipated in January adding by 0.5%. It sent American bond revenues up.
Gold is traditionally considered to be very sensitive to any fluctuations in both the US dollar and interest rates. Well, a strengthening greenback makes gold more costly for keepers of foreign currency, and a jump in American rates increases the opportunity cost of keeping non-yielding stuff. Bullion would be a typical example.
Gauging the greenback’s actual strength versus a trade-weighted basket of six main currencies, the US dollar index didn’t change. It stuck with a reading of 89.06.
At the same time on the Comex stock exchange, silver futures headed south no more 0.1% demonstrating an outcome of $16.66 a troy ounce.
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 United States will publish the Preliminary GDP on Thursday, May 26, at 15:30 GMT+3.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand will publish a monetary policy report and make an update on the interest rate on May 25, at 05:00 GMT+3.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics will announce the updated Unemployment Rate and Employment Change data on Thursday, May 19, at 04:30 MT.