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Gold soars on American data
On Friday, gold managed to rally following the publication of American economic reports overnight.
On the Comex exchange, June delivery gold futures decreased by 0.2% being worth $1,281.85 an ounce.
The US Department of Labor informed that initial jobless claims headed north by 37,000 to a seasonally updated 230,000 by April 21, thus confounding experts’ forecast for a leap to 199,000.
On Wednesday, the Commerce Department told that core durable goods orders managed to leap by 0.4% in March, surpassing analysts’ forecasts for a 0.2% ascend.
As a matter of fact, without aircraft, non-defense capital goods orders that appear to be a closely watched gauge of business spending plans inched up by 1.3% in March, which is above hopes for a 0.1% rally.
Investors’ focus is going to be on the first-quarter GDP data due a bit later in the day. The data is anticipated to reveal that the American economy keeps outperforming. Traders expect a 2.2% annualized gain.
However, some market experts told that the data might demonstrate the impact from the government shutdown in 2018.
As experts pointed out, they note greater uncertainty in the first quarter GDP than usual due to the government shutdown over December-January that provoked delayed salary payments for up to 800,000 federal staff members as well as disruption to tax refunds and also regulatory approvals.
The USD index, gauging the US currency’s purchasing power versus a number of six main currencies, showed 97.843, decreasing by 0.1% from a maximum of 97.958 hit overnight.
The common currency demonstrated an outcome of $1.1143, having slumped to $1.1125 overnight.
Additionally, the UK pound was worth $1.2909, having declined to a two-week minimum of $1.2867 on Wednesday.
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The market sentiment switched to risk-on. The US dollar is dipping down, while riskier assets are rising, especially the Australian dollar after the positive employment data. All eyes on US unemployment claims.
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