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 rallies just by 2% in October
Active profit-taking on the yellow metal’s run in October left gold with a modest 2% profit as it concluded October trade on Wednesday.
On the Comex exchange, December delivery gold futures headed south by $10.30 concluding October at $1,215.30 an ounce.
Since this week started, the contract has gone down by 1.7% due to the fact that market participants cashed in profits of the last four weeks, which came as the yellow metal derived benefits from a rout in shares as well as a shaky greenback.
Factoring in the three-day dive, the yellow metal reported a 2% leap for October, which is its highest value since January. The previous week, it reported a 4% monthly profit, which is its most impressive outcome since July last year.
Assessing the American dollar’s purchasing power versus its main counterparts the USD index managed to reach 16-month maximums, further putting pressure on the yellow metal because worries of fierce trade conflict between China and America helped some market participants to consider this currency to be a good safe-haven and an alternative to gold.
Early bets for a highly-anticipated Fed rate increase in December, which would happen to be the fourth for the United States in 2018, also backed the evergreen buck at gold’s expense.
Meanwhile, American equities managed to head north on a resurgence in tech shares after some better-than-anticipated earnings.
As for other precious metals, silver futures inched up by 0.9% being worth $14.28 a troy ounce. For the month it headed south by 2.4%.
Palladium surged by 1.2% being worth $1,067.80 an ounce. Platinum futures gained 0.1% hitting $840.00. Palladium soared by 0.4% for the month, and platinum acquired 2.6%.
Copper went down by about 0.3% on the Comex exchange being worth $2.655 a pound.
For a long time, traders considered American Non-farm Payrolls (NFP) the most important release in the market. However, the situation has changed. Now US CPI moves financial markets.
United States Bureau of Labor Statistics will release monthly average hourly earnings, non-farm employment change (NFP), and unemployment rate on November 5, 14:30 GMT+2.
This week may be the most important since the year started as the Fed assess the economic outlook and the US presents fresh NFP readings.
S&P Global, a private banking company, will release a monthly change in British Flash Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) on January 24, 11:30 GMT+2. The index is a leading indicator of economic health as businesses react quickly to market conditions, and purchasing managers hold the most current and relevant insight into the company's view of the economy.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics will publish the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) m/m on January 12 at 15:30 GMT+2. The index measures a change in the price of goods and services purchased by consumers.