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Gold inches down
On Monday, gold went down in Asia due to the fact that the evergreen buck managed to ascend. The yellow metal kept to $1,310 because fears on global surge deceleration as well as soaring uncertainties surrounding the China-US trade conflict kept affecting investors’ risk appetite.
On the Comex exchange, gold futures reached $1,314.85, sliding by 0.1%.
The previous week, the yellow metal dived by 0.27% capping two winning weeks, while the evergreen buck recorded its greatest weekly soar since May the previous year.
The yellow metal is very sensitive to any changes in the value of the evergreen buck. A stronger US dollar is considered to be a headwind for commodities normally denominated in the American currencies because it makes them more expensive to those who hold other currencies.
The previous week the evergreen buck came right after the European Commission steeply downgraded 2019 Eurozone surge estimate and generated worries of a recession in the key Eurozone economies.
Strengthening uncertainties surrounding the China-US trade clash also affected investor sentiment.
A 90-day trade truce between China and America will expire on March 1. If the deadline manages to pass without an agreement, American leader might proceed with its previously uncovered threat to ramp up levies on China’s goods.
By the way, the previous week, US President told that he didn’t have any plans to meet with Chinese Leader Xi Jinping before the March 1 deadline to make a long-awaited trade deal.
In addition to this, precious metals investors are going to closely watch American economic data for its impact on the US currency this week. Producer and consumer prices as well as inflation and retail figures are all expected to show up later this week.
The Canadian central bank will make a monetary policy report and announce interest rates on Wednesday, January 20, at 17:00 MT time. Also, the BOC press conference will be held later.
USD’s rally takes a pause, while riskier assets are modestly rising.
We are now past the middle of January, and this means that the largest US companies will report their earnings for the fourth quarter and many of them will provide the results of the entire 2020.