Gold Rush Continues as Bullion Tops $1,340 for the First Time Since April
Gold’s relentless push higher continued on Tuesday, as the yellow metal topped $1,340.00 a troy ounce for the first time in over ten months.
Gold for April delivery surged $18.40, or 1.4%, to $1,340.50 a troy ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange where it was eyeing its highest settlement since Apr. 19, 2018. Bullion has gained in back-to-back sessions and three of the past four days.
The yellow metal has rallied 4.6% in 2019 and 12% since the fourth quarter began.
Silver futures also produced solid results on Tuesday. The March futures contract rallied 18 cents, or 1.2%, to $15.93 a troy ounce. That’s the highest in almost three weeks.
Precious metals are being propped up by a declining U.S. dollar, which is currently mired in a four-day slump. The U.S. dollar index (DXY), which tracks the performance of the greenback against a basket of six peers, fell 0.2% to 96.70. Since peaking at two-month highs, the greenback has lost 0.4%.
Markets Await Data Flow
A somber mood on Wall Street and in Europe may have also contributed to the rally on Tuesday as investors shifted their attention to macroeconomic data from key markets. The large-cap S&P 500 Index was trading flat by mid-morning. European markets were all lower. That being said, gold’s recent performance has been largely uncorrelated with stocks and other risk-on assets.
The Federal Reserve will release the minutes of its latest policy meeting on Wednesday. Central bankers voted to keep interest rates on hold last month and signaled dovish turn in their forward guidance. The prevailing view for now is that the Fed will not raise interest rates in 2019. Some analysts believe the central bank is more likely to cut rates before raising them again.
A steady stream of PMI data for European and U.S. markets are scheduled for the latter half of the week. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Commerce will report on durable goods orders, a key proxy for factory demand.
Central-bank speeches from the Fed and European Central Bank will make headlines on Friday. In the same session, Germany will report on fourth-quarter GDP. The European Commission will also release its revised consumer inflation report for January.
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