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Gold keeps going up as greenback softens ahead of American inflation data
On Wednesday, gold kept rising because market participants were waiting for American inflation data for the purpose of gauging how it’s going to impact the Fed’s view on monetary policy in the nearer future.
Comex gold futures managed to gain 0.4% trading at $1,335.80 per troy ounce. Earlier in the trading session the most popular precious commodity demonstrated its best reading since February 6, boasting $1,339.40.
Gold improved its revenues due to the fact the evergreen buck dived on Tuesday. As usual, a tumbling greenback underpins gold, making it more attractive as an alternative safe-haven.
On Wednesday, the US currency’s downward trend kept unrolling during early trade. Versus a basket of six major counterparts, the evergreen buck slumped a bit, demonstrating a reading of 89.50. Meanwhile, the revenue on the 10-year Treasury note rebounded to approximately 2.83%.
Soaring inflation would be a driver to push the major US bank toward lifting interest rates at a faster tempo than previously anticipated.
Additionally, on Wednesday, the Commerce Department is going to roll out data on January’s retail sales. Well, the consensus estimate is that the news is going to demonstrate retail sales edged up 0.5% the previous month. As for core sales, they’re supposed to inch up 0.2%.
The key US bank held interest rates intact the previous month. The Fed also increased its inflation outlook, thus indicating that borrowing costs will keep soaring under newly-appointed governor Jerome Powell. Market participants are currently putting the likelihood of a 25-basis-point lift by the US major financial institution at its March gathering at approximately 76%.
As for other metals, silver futures rallied 0.2% being worth $16.56 a troy ounce. Additionally, palladium gained 0.3% trading at $983.10 an ounce. Platinum tacked on 0.3% being worth $978.90. As for March delivery copper futures, they were intact, sticking to $3.163 a pound.
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.