Gold (XAU/USD) is declining for the second day in a row. The reason of such a dynamic is that investors have turned to stocks.
Gold holds moderately weaker in Asia on mixed regional data
On Monday, gold held moderately weaker in Asia on mixed regional data and political risk events in focus this week.
In New York, April delivery gold futures declined 0.04%, trading at $1,250.65 a troy ounce. Copper futures dipped 0.30%, trading at $2.648 a pound because labor disruptions at mines in Peru, Chile and Indonesia get resolved.
In Australia, March’s AIG manufacturing index dropped to 57.5 from 59.3, Japan's Tankan large manufacturers poll revealed a leap to plus-12 from plus-10.
The previous week, gold retraced losses after a Federal Reserve official stressed that the major US financial institution was in no rush to tighten its monetary policy in 2017.
Gold soared after New York Fed President William Dudley told on Friday that it really made sense to increase interest rates at a gradual pace in 2017. Hopes for a slower pace of rate hikes tend to spur gold, traditionally denominated in dollars.
The Reserve Bank of Australia will publish its statement and announce the interest rate on July 7, at 7:30 MT time.
The overall market sentiment was mixed after the USA recorded the largest increase in virus cases since May 9. The data even offset the better-than-expected NFP.
The risk-on tone is back on the market again. Let’s look at main trading opportunities.