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Gold inches up to a two-week maximum
On Thursday, gold tacked on to a maximum of two weeks after the evergreen buck retreated from its peak in four and a half months. The report on slowing inflation in the United States indicated that the Federal Reserve will keep its plans for a gradual lift in the interest rate in 2018.
June delivery gold futures tacked on by 0.69% on the Comex exchange being worth $1322.00 per troy ounce, which is the highest result since April 25.
The US dollar index, demonstrating the purchasing power of the US currency against the pack of six major rivals, slumped 0.52% coming up with 92.47, having rebounded from the maximum of 93.26 for four and a half months that was fixed on Wednesday.
The depreciation of the American currency generates a jump in demand for the most popular precious commodity as well as other commodities traded in the US dollar, making them cheaper for holders of other currencies.
The evergreen buck headed south after the US Commerce Department report told that in April, US inflation ascended by 2.5% year-on-year, which is in line with forecasts, although the jump of inflation by 0.2% compared to the previous month turned out to be below forecasts.
In April, core inflation soared by 2.1% compared to the same period of 2017 and by 0.1% compared with the previous month.
The given data gave the key US bank a reason to stick with the adopted plan for two more interest rate lifts in 2018. As for predictions about more aggressive tightening of monetary policy, they aren’t justified yet.
The key American currency was previously higher due to the surge in the revenue of American government bonds and also the probable acceleration of the rate of interest rate hikes by the US number one financial institution.
Great news for oil bulls! OPEC and its allied producers agreed to expand output cuts for the next month.
The USD skyrocketed after Fed Powell’s speech. OPEC and allied producers agreed to extend production cuts for another month. Oil surged.
The European Central Bank publishes its monetary policy statement that includes an announcement of the interest rate on March 11, at 14:45 MT time.