Gold (XAU/USD) is declining for the second day in a row. The reason of such a dynamic is that investors have turned to stocks.
Gold surges in Asia
On Thursday, gold ascended in Asia, as market participants parsed the latest Fed minutes for the pace of expected rate lifts and a weaker greenback backed demand.
Some traders actually considered the Fed minutes to be a bit less hawkish than expected and as uncertainty swirls around Trump's intention to lower taxes and boost spending, the outlook hadn’t changed a lot since January with further strengthening of the labor market as well as progress towards the inflation objective and that rate lifts are likely ahead in line with a forecast for three in 2017.
However, members were split over whether stronger inflation justified faster lifts currently or a more gradual pace, considering the persistence of low inflation in the past.
In New York, April delivery gold futures grew 0.70%, trading at $1,257.25 a troy ounce, while copper futures went down 0.34%, reaching $2.668 a pound.
Overnight, gold eased from one-month peaks, suppressed by a soar in the greenback, after the publication of bullish American private sector job surge.
The Reserve Bank of Australia will publish its statement and announce the interest rate on July 7, at 7:30 MT time.
The overall market sentiment was mixed after the USA recorded the largest increase in virus cases since May 9. The data even offset the better-than-expected NFP.
The risk-on tone is back on the market again. Let’s look at main trading opportunities.