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Today's release of the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) price index for March revealed that inflation remains entrenched in the U.S. economy, though not as elevated as some analysts had feared. The reaction in the gold futures market was relatively muted in response to the data.

Gold futures edged higher on Thursday, with the June 2024 contract settling at $2,344.30 per ounce, up $6.20 on the day. The modest gains were supported by a weaker U.S. dollar, which lost 0.21% to fix the dollar index at 105.44.

Gold futures prices have declined for the last three consecutive days. This price decline occurred after gold futures hit a record high of $2,413.80 per troy ounce on Friday, April 19th, propelled by rising geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. That being said, gold is still showing a respectable 17.06% gain from one year ago.

Gold futures regained some stability on Tuesday, trading down just 0.23% after a sharp $60 decline in the previous session. The April 2024 contract touched an intraday low of $2,304.60 before recovering to $2,335.57 as of 5 PM EDT.

Gold investors and traders witnessed the largest single-day drop in gold futures in over three years on Monday. Gold futures plummeted by $65.60, or 2.73%, marking the steepest decline since February 2021.