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 moderately declines in Asia
On Monday, gold slumped in Asia because Donald Trump's first foreign visits as president were in focus with several deals signed in Saudi Arabia in the first stop. Additionally, traders neglected the latest missile test by North Korea.
June delivery gold futures tumbled 0.05%, trading at 1,252.99 a troy ounce. As for copper futures, they went down 0.62% a pound, hitting $2.571 a pound.
In the week ahead, market participants will be paying attention to Wednesday’s Federal Reserve gathering minutes for new signs as for the possible timing of the next American rate lift. Additionally, revised data on American first quarter surge as well as private sector poll data out of the euro zone will be in focus too.
In Canada, financial markets will be unavailable for a holiday.
The previous week, gold prices ascended on Friday and marked the greatest weekly revenue since mid-April. It’s because political uncertainty as for the Trump administration brought the greenback down, spurring demand for the number one precious metal.
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.